Tuesday, 3 June 2014

C E L E B R A T I N G   D E S I G N

Text: Hina Nitesh

Festivals are synonymous with celebrations. 
For us at 'On the Design Boat', it is design festivals which cause a 
lot of excitement. The reason is that these festivals offer designers a platform to showcase their creativity and express themselves without 
being bound by any rules. The result is a wide array of products which show an 'out of the box' thinking. 

Milan in Italy has been holding a design festival for more than 50 years. Its 53rd edition was held this year from 8th to 15th April. We bring to you a coverage of the event in the form of products  showcased there...

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3 Dots Collective founded by Anabella Vivas, Miguelangel Troccoli and Vanessa Redondo, have designed Potpurri - a collection of small, modular containers. There is a set of 10 parts which can be combined in about 100 ways to create products ranging from lamps to tableware. 

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Tactile Tablewear by Lousie Rietvink, a student of  Interior Architecture and Furniture Design consists of a wood, ceramic and glass cruet. Food and its relationship with hygiene was the concept behind this design.

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Designed by Luca Nichetto and Lera Moisseva, Cheburashka is a ceramic tableware set. The design is based on the concept of food sharing and consists of a cooking pot, serving cup and two bowls.


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Arnout Meijer Studio's wall lamp O comes as close to natural light as can be. The intensity and colour of the light can be customised by the user to mimic natural daylight. 

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Studiofem is a piece of furniture designed by Britt Rasmussen in collaboration with Michael Daae Christensen. Made of plywood and felt, the shelves in the system can be adjusted as per individual needs.  

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Foroofficina the Italian design studio has designed a shelving system that can be customised as per user requirements. Foro Verticale, as the system is known consists of members of bi-laminate plywood board which can be fitted anywhere in matrix of system to create shelves for home as well as shop displays.  

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Experimenting with materials, designer Florian Hundt has created Anisotrop. Made of small pieces of wood veneer, Anisotrop is a flexible material which can take any shape depending on the moisture content in the veneer. It can be used both for practical as well as decorative purposes.

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Finding a use for newspapers and magazines, NJU Studio has designed Hockenheimer, an adjustable storage stool. Not only does this product let individuals collect and store newspapers and magazines, it also offers a sustainable solution for furniture. 

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Inspired by a plant which has leaves which naturally look different, Folia Lumina is designed by Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink  of Ontwerpduo.  LED lights are placed in the leaves and lend a natural touch. LEDs reflect, discolour, mute or strengthen light while being flexible.   

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Designed by Raquel Llaberia and Saul Baeza of the Hunch Project, A2 is a multifunctional object.  A2 is a container that is portable. The product is made with a wool compound which retains the charateristics of the material. The lining inside the bag is made with different fabrics and is available in different colours.

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Designed by Michele de Luchhi for Artemide, ‘Melathron’, the lamp is an exercise in structural engineering. Steel sheets connect  different layers of the lamp. The lamp does not have a bulb instead aluminum rings camouflage LED strips. 

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Dossofiorito, a young Italian design studio has designed Phytophiler - an object that symbolises their love for plants. Hand thrown terracotta pots are polished with natural beeswax. They are accompanied by a variety of attachments in stainless steel and birch plywood that determine the movement and growth of vegetation. 

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Inspired by Disney character, Mickey Mouse these table lamps are designed by Ingo Maurer. These limited edition lamps are bulbs with mickey mouse ears. They are available in lacquered black, white or plain brass.

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Jo Nagasaka's furniture pieces are inspired the the traditional Japanese craft form known as ‘Take Kago’ or use of bamboo in the the context of weaving; and ‘shibari’ – tying something with string.

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Bloom - thread bowls designed by Jun Murakoshi


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Alice is a glass sculpture designed by Petra Krausova for Lasvit. It is a kinetic sculpure which is inspired by the leaf and the trees. Like the flowers, the individual pieces of the sculpture are fragile, original and unique. 

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This is a chair made of layered kvadrat felt. Named Cloud, the chair is designed by Richard Hutten.


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