Lighting the Sails @ Vivid Sydney 2015

Lighting the Sails @ Vivid Sydney 2015

This year, Vivid Live has commissioned multi-disciplinary design collective Universal Everything to create a new projected artwork for the sails of Sydney Opera House ( Vivid Live’s most public event.)

Founded 11 years ago by creative director Matt Pyke in Sheffield, England, the bold colour-friendly group thread their playful sense of discovery, anthropomorphic creation and digitally-crafted landscapes through each project.

Pyke and his globally-based team continue to play with new technologies to invent new forms of design and movement – all conceived from the same back garden shed where Universal Everything began.

Taschen Store @ Salone Milan 2015

Taschen Store @ Salone Milan 2015

To co-incide with the Salone 2015 – Taschen opened its first Italian flagship store during Salone, in the historic center of Milan, in an area known for its independent bookstores

The interior design of the 120 sq metre museum like space is true to Taschen’s bold, eclectic spirit.

It fully embodies unique craftsmanship with cutting edge design and display components, all set to showcase extraordinary art and fashion talent from across the world.

Beyond The New Manifesto @ Salone Milan 2015

Beyond The New Manifesto @ Salone Milan 2015

One of the main talking points of this year’s Salone Milan 2015, was Beyond the New, a strongly worded manifesto critiquing the design industry, written by designer Hella Jongerius and theorist Louise Schouwenberg that challenged the state of contemporary design.

Jongerius and Schouwenberg argue forcefully that industrial design has become stagnant, with genuine innovation replaced by too great a reverence for commercialism and the production of new products for newness’ sake.

Beyond the New suggests design has become “an empty shell, devoid of meaning and substance” and deplores “the obsession with the New for the sake of the New”.

Auto (Mobile) Designs @ Salone Milan 2105

Auto (Mobile) Designs @ Salone Milan 2105

There was a time when car makers came to Milan merely to observe. A handful of the more advanced designers would visit the Salone to be inspired by the wider creative community.

However, this has been steadily changing, with an increasing number of car manufacturers partaking in the last few years – with mixed results.

Because of the level of innovation, vision, and prestige surrounding the Milan Furniture Fair, many automakers use this week-long event as a chance to build their brand.

Atelier Clerici @ Salone Milan 2015

Atelier Clerici @ Salone Milan 2015

Situated in one of Milan’s most distinguished palazzi, Palazzo Clerici, brought together designers, companies and institutions experimenting with new forms of living and making.

A diverse array of installations, micro-exhibitions and events organised by some of Europe’s most renowned designers and institutions animated Palazzo Clerici each day for the duration of the Salone.

Aesthetics of Misery @ Salone Milan 2015

Aesthetics of Misery @ Salone Milan 2015

At the baroque Lombard 18th century Palazzo Litta, project curators Andrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi presented 16 projects of “social environment”, based on the concept of misery, a subject always expressed in arts, cinema and literature but basically alien to the Salone design culture.

“Aesthetics of Misery” was born as a result of a postgraduate experimental workshop at the Politecnico di Milano, overseen by Francesca Balena Arista and Marco De Santi, during which students were asked to take on the theme of misery, almost always excluded from aesthetics design.

Whether the project is a building, a chair or a textile… they are each expressions of the same search for a harmonious balance between usefulness and beauty. ( 1954 )

- Hans Knoll -

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Confronting the Masters @ Salone Milan 2015

Confronting the Masters @ Salone Milan 2015

This year “Belgium is Design” played an important role yet again during the Milan Design Week, in the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Art school.

The Belgium Designer of the Year Award celebrated its tenth anniversary this year and brought together the 10 designers whom previously won the Belgium Designer of the Year Award since its creation in 2006

The perfect occasion to team up with Belgium is Design and to organise ‘Confronting the Masters’.

Massimilano Locatelli @ Salone Milan 2015

Massimilano Locatelli @ Salone Milan 2015

Chiesa San Paolo Converso, is a 16th-century former Baroque church ( deconsecrated after World War II ) and convent in Piazza Sant’Eufemia on Corso Italia, not far from Milan’s celebrated Duomo

The recently opened CLS factory space inside the Converso church, hosted the installation “It’s All About Meal” by Massimiliano Locatelli which explored the concept of a new conviviality in domestic spaces

No one had dared to build anything inside the church—until Locatelli secured the lease – and by December 2014 had created a metal cocoon for his architectural studio without ever touching a single church wall.