Ettore Sottsass (Photo Barbara Radice, 1984 © and courtesy Studio Ettore Sottsass)

“When I was very small, a little boy of five or six years old, I was certainly no infant prodigy,

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Studio Daphna Laurens present Prototipi @ Salone Satellite Milan 2016

Unbelievably, Eindhoven based design studio Daphna Laurens have never, ever, participated at Salone Satellite, that section of the Milan furniture

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Low Chair and Stool by Kaspar Hamacher with Tannerie Radermecker, on the wall Bag on Wall by Mathias van de Walle with Ralph Baggeley, as seen at Belgian Matters, Milan 2016

As we believe is now traditional at this time of year….. ….. every year at Milan Design Week the Belgian

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Modular bicycle bag/briefcase by Silvio Rebholz and Louis Michel, from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart project Più di Pegoretti (Photo courtesy AKB Stuttgart)

Every time we are in Milan, be it for the Design Week or simply to enjoy the city without the

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Design is 10 Years Old - Lamp/Side Table by Clemens Lauer, as seen at kkaarrlls 2016, Milan

It’s been a good long while since we last posted about the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe’s kkaarrlls collection, and thus

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New Order by Stefan Diez for HAY, as seen at Milan Design Week 2016

Established in 2002 Danish label HAY have quickly risen to become an important player in the European furniture and home

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Ulisse Daybed by Konstantin Grcic for ClassiCon, as seen at Milan Furniture Fair 2016

To the casual observer selecting five outstanding products from the Milan Furniture Fair is a neigh on impossible task, so

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XXI Triennale International Exhibition: 21st Century.Design After Design, Milan

If the etymologists are to be believed “April” has its origins in the Latin verb “aperire”. To uncover, to open.

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Just as January means Cologne, April is Milan. And normally only Milan. In 2015 however we managed to spice things

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"Community: Italy Architecture, city and landscape from the postwar period to 2000" at the Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy

December can be a trying month: always having to think of others; always having to patronise bars and restaurants you’ve

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In our design calender post on the inaugural Memphis Exhibition in Milan we noted that although important for the development

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Celebrated as the salvation of design. Denounced as kitsch. Fresh & invigorating. Vain & hifalutin. A watershed in design history.

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A New Layer Taiwanese lacquer art seen through Swedish eyes at The Röhsska Museum Gothenburg Sweden

As Noël Coward famously observed, only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, and it takes a

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USM - Rethink the Modular, Milan Design Week 2015

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fritz Haller and Paul Schärer’s USM Haller modular furniture system USM instigated a series

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Uffici Chair by Nitzan Cohen for Mattiazzi, as seen at Milan Furniture Fair 2015

Several visitors to the Milan furniture fair with whom we spoke, including some whose judgement on such matters we value

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Belgium is Design - Confronting the Masters, Milan 2015

As is becoming traditional the interregional initiative Belgium is Design used Milan Design Week to present a showcase of contemporary

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Duple Alexander Åsgård

Privately and professionally we have long complained about, and been deeply saddened by, the lack of side/coffee tables with a

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101.86 black Thomas Vailly & Laura Lynn Jansen, as seen at Dutch Invertuals - Body Language, Milan Design Week 2015

As a general rule, what you don’t say is more important than what you do say: your body language famously

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Programme S 830 by Emilia Becker for Thonet, as seen at Milan Furniture Fair 2015

Back in the hazy mists of 2014 the Grassi Museum for Applied Arts, Leipzig presented Sitting – Lying – Swinging.

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Ateliers J & J Milan 2015

In the late 19th/early 20th century Vienna based J & J Kohn helped establish the Austro-Hungarian Empire as an important

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USM Privacy Panels

For reasons far too abstract, intangible, and potentially libellous, to go into, we didn’t report on the inaugural presentation of

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Ripple by Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, as seen at Ventura Lambrate, Milan 2015

Given that all we have too many household accessories and our planet too few natural resources to justify continually producing

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Milan Furniture Fair Seat 102

For us one of the few genuine joys of Milan Design Week is observing visitors to the furniture fair perching

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Michael Geldmacher Eva Paster Neuland Industriedesign

It being early April Milan furniture fair once again stands before us and with it the promise of untold column

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As all old thesauruans know “April” is merely a synonym for “Milan” And lo despite all promises to the contrary

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