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Art & Design April, 15 2014

10 Highlights from “Salone del Mobile” at Milan Design Week 2014

Each year Salone del Mobile at Milan Design Week offers up the best that interior and industrial design has to offer. From major furniture brands to smaller independent designers and even famed architects, the level of products and installations on offer is second to none. Here we’ve curated some of the highlights of the week, from British industrial designer Tom Dixon’s “Club” furniture series to Marc Newson’s debut eyewear collection.

 

ONYX Sofa by Pierre Gimbergues for Peugeot Design Lab

Peugeot Design Lab presented the ONYX sofa by designer Pierre Gimbergues, which fused hyper-technological materials such as carbon-fiber, glass and aluminum with raw and natural materials like rock, wood and stone. The three-meter long sofa highlights this union of materials via a clearly defined cut and is available as a made-to-measure item where clients can choose materials to their liking.

 

Poetic Lab Ripple Lighting

Introduced last year from London-based studio Poetic Lab, the Ripple lighting collection was brought back this year in different sizes and is now in production with Austrian crystal brand J. & L. Lobmeyr. The two-part system works as a G4 halogen light shines from a smaller dome through to a larger rotating dome, causing the light to reflect and move on its surroundings in the same way that water ripples. Both parts are made from unevenly hand-blown glass domes that sit on brass bases.

 

Republic of Fritz Hansen Reintroduces Arne Jacobsen’s Drop Chair

Danish furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen is set to revive Arne Jacobsen‘s iconic 1958 Drop Chair. Originally produced alongside the Swan and Egg chairs, the chair was created by the Danish architect for the Radisson Scandinavian Airlines System Hotel in Copenhagen. This version updates the design, making it available in either textile or leather upholstery, or plastic with either chrome or powder-coated legs in an allover tonal colorway.

 

Formafantasma Still Water Purification Glassware

Developed with J. & L. Lobmeyr, Formafantasma has created the still water purification system which uses copper and charcoal to improve the taste of tap water. The charcoal is activated and begins removing impurities from the water, while copper filters complete the process. Delicate patterns of microscopic bacteria are engraved on the glassware, making for a very chic yet practical everyday water system.

 

Daniel Libeskind Ice Chandelier for Lasvit

American architect Daniel Libeskind teamed up with Czech brand Lasvit to produce the Ice chandelier inspired by crystal shards. Clear glass cells were blown into angular forms, giving the appearance of a cluster of icicles hanging from the ceiling. When light shines through the glass shafts, the edges are illuminated, while the reflective triangular plate on which the shafts are attached creates another dimension to the piece.

 

Marc Newson Debut Eyewear Collection

Industrial designer Marc Newson teamed up with Italian sunglass manufacturer Safilo on a debut capsule collection of optical and sunglass frames. Finding inspiration in Safilo’s 80-year-old archives, Newson unveiled five optical and two sun models, in both plastic and metal, and a range of light and dark metallic finishes. Part of the range will come in highly limited numbers, and arrive in calf leather cases in collaboration with Italian accessories brand Valextra. The collection launches next month at select retailers.

 

The Current Table by Marjan van Aubel

Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel has designed the Current Table which features a solar panel as its table top. By generating electricity via sunlight, it can then be used to recharge gadgets using a process similar to photosynthesis. The table features a clear orange glass top and two USB charging points, along with a light display that shows how much charge is left. Unlike traditional solar cells which require direct sunlight, these panels can recharge themselves from diffused sunlight found indoors, making it a practical and worthwhile application.

 

Tom Dixon Club Series

Industrial designer Tom Dixon unveiled a range of furniture inspired by London’s Gentleman’s clubs, titled the “Club” series. The result is a modern take on private club interiors, with floor and ceiling lights, tables, and chairs all part of the collection. Shiny gold, matte grey, and black features in the range, which evokes a hedonistic heyday of lounging.

 

Volt Table Lamp by Rodolfo Dordoni for FLOS

The Volt table lamp consists of coiled copper inside a central tube, which features distilled water as a cooling mechanism for the LED lights used in the lamp. This allows for the use of a much brighter light source, while the two lamps are inspired by classical Art Deco designs.

 

COS x Nendo Installation

Japanese studio Nendo teamed up with Swedish retailer COS on an installation marrying the brand’s crisp white button-up shirts with brushed steel frames in what resulted as an art installation of sorts. The shirts were hung from the ceiling at various levels with different size frames placed in front, visually cutting off the shirts with each inside portion dyed a different shade of grey that corresponded to the surrounding frame.

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