smow in Milan - and the Alps
April 23rd, 2009 by julius
smow in Milan - and the Alps

smow in Milan - and the Alps

Milan may be Italy’s second largest city and an important industrial centre … but it also lies close to both Lago di Garda and the Alps. And as this photo from the exhibition centre parking level shows, not matter how stressful the Salone is, serenity is never far away…..

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smowinmilan metro
April 22nd, 2009 by julius
smowinmilan metro

smow in Milan - metro advertising

Taking photographs in a moving underground train is not as easy as it looks :)

But we think we just about managed it…

The text on the sign says “C’e la crisi?  No, c’e il Salone!”

Which roughly translated means: “Is it a crisis? — no its Salone!” ; the main PR angle of the exhibition organisers being “Crisis…what crisis?”

For us in the (smow)blog team the only crisis at the moment is the length of time we have to que to get coffee here in the press room….

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LED Raimond Hanging Lamp by Raimond Puts for moooi
April 22nd, 2009 by julius
Europelampe range by  for moooi

Eurolantern range by moooi works for moooi

Whereas the main Salone exhibition opened today, Wednesday; a lot of those producers and designers who are exhibiting “off-Salone” opened their doors on Tuesday evening.

Tree lamp range by   for moooi

Tree lamp range new from moooi works for moooi

Among them dutch producer Moooi who launched their forthcoming selection in the Superstudio Pia on the Supertrendy Via Tortona

And we must admit to being more than little impressed by many – though not all – of the designs.

In particular the Eurolantern, Raimond and Tree Lamp ranges caught our imagintion.

We’ll let the pictures speak for us … all designs will be available from the middle of 2009, and through smow.com

LED Raimond Hanging Lamp (here just the large version) by Raimond Puts for moooi

LED Raimond Hanging Lamp (here just the large version) by Raimond Puts for moooi

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Quilt Sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Established & Sons.
April 16th, 2009 by julius

We at (smow)blog make no secret of our admiration for the work of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and so were especially delighted to receive confirmation of the “new” projects they will be displaying at the Salone Mobile in Milan.

In addition to their Vegetal Chair for Vitra and Clouds for Kvadrat, both of which we have already mentioned, les frères Bouroullec will also be premiering their Quilt sofa for Established & Sons and Steelwood coat hanger for Magis.

For us the real charm of the four projects is that they wonderfully demonstrate the versatility and capabilities of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec without being mutually exclusive. The clear, minimalistic Steelwood coat hanger, for example, contrasting with the playful absurdity of the Quilt Sofa.

For a designer there is nothing worse than being pigeon-holed or “typecast”and nothing more fatal than falling into the trap of always repeating the one successful design.

At the end of the day Barbra Cartland is not the perfect role model for a young designer.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, however, have once again demonstrated that there is little danger that there work will become predictable and tiresome.
And we can’t wait to take a closer look at the Quilt Sofa.

Vegetal by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Vegetal by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Quilt Sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Established & Sons.

Quilt Sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Established & Sons.

Clouds by Ronanan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat

Clouds by Ronanan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat

Steelwood Coat Hanger and Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis

Steelwood Coat Hanger and Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis

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A repiaired Thonet chair (Photo: Leo Veger source: http://www.premsela.org/activity/-/activity-135/en)
April 15th, 2009 by julius
Design Forum: Repairing

Design Forum: Repairing

Among the more interesting events taking place in Milan next week is a design forum on the subject of repairing designer furniture.

Taking Platform 21s “Repair Manifesto” as its starting point the forum sets out to ask if one should repair designer furniture, where are the pros, where are the cons and in how far repairing a piece of furniture alters the owners relationship with the piece.

There is of course repairing and repairing.

As the Manifesto correctly points out designers should create furniture that can be repaired, as is for example the fall with, for example, the aluminium and plastic series by Charles and Ray Eames through Vitra or Alberto Meda’s office chairs.  With all these products if a cover, or a spring or a support is broken licensed dealers such as smow can provide spare parts and there are Vitra trained technicians worldwide who are qualified in fitting the new parts. Not a problem

But what do I do when an arm on my Louis ghost chair is broken? Glue it back on. Will that really, as per Article 7, help me discover how my chair works? Or should I just avoid buying works from Phillipe Starck and/or Kartell simply because they are difficult to repair? I don’t think so.

A repiaired Thonet chair (Photo: Leo Veger source: http://www.premsela.org/activity/-/activity-135/en)

A repiaired Thonet chair (Photo: Leo Veger source: http://www.premsela.org/activity/-/activity-135/en)

We are also interested by Article 9’s claim that even a fake can become original through being repaired. On the one hand, we’re not sure if such doesn’t encourage the purchasing of fakes; however, on the other we knew that our “new” Moormann Siebenschläfer bed was a “new” original.

In principle we find the idea of recycling designer furniture excellent. A well designed, and well made original should last a lifetime: and simply because it is damaged is no ground to dispose of it. And so we are looking forward to the forum and the discussion.

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Enjoy the Salone Internazionale del Mobile with smow
April 15th, 2009 by julius
Enjoy the Salone Internazionale del Mobile with smow

Enjoy the Salone Internazionale del Mobile with smow

Only a week to go and then Europe’s most prestigious furniture trade fair opens it doors. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan is the meeting point for designers, producers and those who aspire to such.

And for the first time (smow) will also be in the Lombardy capital.

While the (smow)bosses peruse the fair and negotiate with suppliers the (smow)blog team will be scouring the city for the best, the worst, the most curious and the most entertaining stories and photos.

In addition we have a few surprises planned, but more on them later.

In addition to the Salone itself we will also be attending the accompanying international lighting exhibition Euroluce, and SaloneSatellite – the showcase for young, up-and-coming designers.

And as if all that were not enough we will also be sampling the delights of the Public Design Festival, in the words of the organisers “a festival dedicated to public spaces, and to how they are conceived and designed, or, on the contrary, neglected.”

Then there are the fringe events, installations and cocktail parties.

We simply can’t wait.

In addition to regular updates here in the (smow)blog we will also be Twittering like old women. For all the titbits and gossip simply follow smowblog

Moormann on the way to Milan. smow will be travelling in a little more comfort

Moormann on the way to Milan. smow will be travelling in a little more comfort

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