Much as we moan, moan, and moan about Milan Furniture Fair, it is a rare opportunity to get a snapshot of where individual designers are currently at: differing products for differing manufacturers being displayed in relatively proximity allowing for a nice overview. A few considerations on the latest projects by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra, Magis, Flos and Mattiazzi.

Verticale by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Flos, as seen at Milan Furniture Fair 2017

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Pip by Daniel Kern for Richard Lampert, as seen at Orgatec Cologne 2016

We must start with a confession . This High Five! is a High Four! Not because there weren’t good products

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Pacific Chair by Barber Osgerby, as seen at Vitra - Work, Orgatec 2016

When we spoke with Vitra’s Chief Sales Officer Josef Kaiser at NeoCon Chicago he told us that at “Orgatec 2016

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Sofa? Desk? SofaDesk! Hack by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra, as seen at NeoCon Chicago 2016

Although geographically the (hi)story of Vitra begins in Basel, spiritually it begins in America and arrives in Switzerland in 1957

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The little regarded undersides of chairs....

With the opening of the Vitra Schaudepot the Vitra Campus has not only grown by a further building, but the

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Vis-a-vis by Glen Oliver Löw & Antonio Citterio for Vitra

Born in Leverkusen Glen Oliver Löw initially studied Industrial Design at the University of Wuppertal before moving to Milan in

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Cloverleaf modular sofa system by Verner Panton through Verpan, and distributed to airports via Vitra, as seen at Passenger Terminal Expo 2016 Cologne

If the Light + Building trade fair in Frankfurt is home to exhibitors the majority of us have never heard

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Fabric print by Ērika Iltnere

“All in the wild March morning I heard the angels call, It was when the moon was setting, and the

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A&W Mentor Prize 2016: Michel Charlot

In addition to the exhibition of their work in Cologne, the A&W Designer of the Year crown also allows the

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Fionda table for Mattiazzi, Ormiale Bordeaux & Bac Armchair for Cappellini, as seen at the exhibition A&W Designer of the Year 2016 - Jasper Morrison, Passagen Cologne

2016 sees the 20th anniversary of German architecture and design magazine A&W’s “Designer of the Year Award.” Following on from

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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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In our post from the Barbican Art Gallery exhibition “The World of Charles and Ray Eames” we noted the disappointing

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Bauhaus Glossary, as seen at, The Bauhaus #itsalldesign, Vitra Design Museum

One of the biggest problems with Modernism is the name. It was unquestionably modern. Which is why it became known

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Vitra Frankfurt Ampelphase 7 Sehnsucht SYRA_Schoyerer Architekten & Elmar Lixenfeld

If form follows function, what form does, could, should yearning and longing have? If architects are continually searching for a

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The 360° Stool by Konstantin Grcic for Magis (2009) and the Nelson Perch by George Nelson through Vitra (1964)

On March 10th 2015 a jury at the Central District Court of California in Los Angeles concluded that Pharrell Williams

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Uncino chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Mattiazzi, as seen at Milan Furniture Fair 2015

It was invariably more through good fortune than good planning; however, at Milan Furniture Fair 2015 Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s

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……and continued over Budapest and on to Berlin – where amongst other delights we partook of the exhibitions Sensing the

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Following on from the relative inactivity of August September saw us wind back up towards the 2014 autumn design festival

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… had things not continued apace in June. A month which saw us trawl trough Berlin with Niek Wagemans looking

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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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vitra george nelson ball clock

As many of you will be aware, for us no post about 20th century American design is complete with the

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Orgatec Cologne 2014 Vitra Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

In comparison to the annual IMM Cologne furniture fair the corridors and halls of the Messe Cologne always seems curiously

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Whether ’tis nobler in the muscles to suffer The slings and arrows of short telomeres, Or to rise up against

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Vitra Campus Architektur Design Industrie Aedes Am Pfefferberg Berlin

1989. A year of social, culture and political upheaval whose effects are still being felt today. The Berlin Wall falls. George

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Weil am Rhein City of Chairs Shiro Kuramata Apple Honey Rheinpark

Any self-respecting modern conurbation needs a moniker. An evocative tag line on which to hang its city marketing strategy and

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