#21 - Working Wood

Highlights from Milan Design Week 2016

Courtesy of Sinestesia

Here’s an ensemble of amazing designs and installations we saw during this year’s Milan Design Week.

Sensorial Recycling

The conceptual design studio Sinestesia created a DIY stereo loudspeaker, Giacinto, from foldable recycled leather. The 4ohm- 5 W speakers produce the ‘Giacinto voice,’ and the leather skin acts as a soundboard, making for a sound of its own. The speaker’s skin comes in several different textures and four colors.

 

Adaptability

The Toadstool furniture collection by Masquespacio studio features a family of poufs, a table and a sofa bench that function as movable artistic centerpieces in any space. They adapt to the individual’s needs, allowing numerous spatial combinations. Available materials include marble, wood and golden-plated metal, plus different fabrics in varying colors.

Hybrid

Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon showcased The Palette Desk, made exclusively for &Tradition. Inspired by the kinetic sculptures of Alexander Calder, Hayon balanced various shapes and materials at different heights and created a hybrid desk framed in metal.

Balance

The design studio of Mieke Meijer presented its collection of architecture-inspired lamps made from lightweight wood Space Frames. The designers enclosed the wood with stretched polyester fabric. The series of objects can be repositioned, and they interact with the surrounding space, creating a harmonious balance in space and light.

Contradictory

Designer Fernando Mastrangelo unveiled his installation of sand mirrors called Drift, where we found a unique combination of materials. These ‘common’ mirrors stand out with layers of textured sand, providing an intriguingly contradictory style that is rugged and refined, durable and delicate, formal and functional—words that describe the very nature of Mastrangelo’s design philosophy.

Fun & Friendly

Italian brand Cappellini sent the brief to Japanese studio Nendo: a casual but atypical modular table. Nendo presented its response during Milan Design Week 2016. The Tangle side tables interlock with corkscrew-style legs made from steel.


About the Author

Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod'Art International in Paris, France and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide. A frequent contributor to ArchiExpo e-magazine, she also writes for top luxury travel blog LuxeInACity.

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