Young designers explore the unexpected in Milan

Ecological packaging material made from seaweed, an instinctive children’s toy-set to promote the imagination, modular clothing that shifts according to shape and desire, and a clock that visualises the present by marking the passing of time, these were just some of the intriguing ideas presented by a team of young creatives in Milan. This is the annual Lexus Design Awards, an ambitious project for the Milan Salone del Mobile created as a way... Read More

Real and conceptual design from Salone del Mobile Milan

Milan once again transformed into a city-wide celebration of visual culture for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (12 to 17 April). In its 55th year, some 300,000 people arrived here last week with a shared passion for visual culture and ready to soak in the creative spirit. The main buzz is increasingly outside the main exhibition hall at Fuorisalone, which sees boutiques, smaller galleries, crumbling old palazzos around pockets of this... Read More

Cars and design unite at Salone del Mobile in Milan

Amongst the many, many creative festivals around the world, the Salone del Mobile has maintained its position as one of the most significant. When it comes to spotting the latest trends in design, in new materials, in concepts, in people, the Milan design week in April is the place to visit. Here, the city transforms into a gallery with neighbourhoods opening their doors to welcome this creative energy. As Design Talks has reported in the past,... Read More

Lexus at Salone del Mobile Milan

Japanese carmaker Lexus sponsored three international designers to interpret the theme Amazing in Motion at Salone del Mobile (8-13 April) this year. The impressive exhibition took place in the bohemian Brera Quarter, home to the Accademia delle Belle Arti, and away from the main crowded Salone at Fiera Milano. Here Nao Tamura’s Interconnection looks back at the 2011 Japanese tsunami. The designer relies on natural motion to study our... Read More

James Dyson challenges young design engineers

Industrial designer James Dyson is challenging young designers and engineers to come up with problem-solving inventions – much like he did with the innovative bagless Dyson vacuum cleaner back in the 1980s – as part of the James Dyson Award. The competition is open for entries and deadline for submission is 2 August 2011. Those interested should  submit a footage, images and sketches along with a synopsis detailing the design process... Read More

Design between tradition and innovation explored

A reinterpretation of the everyday plastic garden chair into a hand-carved wooden one to give it an antique quality, a traditional wooden beer table recreated in recycled plastic, loosely woven indescribable piece that acts as a bedspread, bed and sleeping bag, and bendy mattresses that turn into chairs and stools – these are just some of the highlights of a new exhibition that sets out to explore design between tradition and innovation. #gallery-11... Read More

Challenge thinking on architectural space

A corridor so narrow that strangers brush shoulders, a platform through a densely inhabited house that challenges the relationship between inhabitant and visitor, and a room reshaped through a graphic pattern – these are just a few of the exhibits that aim to challenge contemporary thinking on architectural space. Concrete Geometries: How Spaces Move People at the Architectural Association School in London features 20 projects by a group... Read More