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April Issue #55

April Issue #55

Milan Special 2019

In our Milan special edition, we take you through the lighting and workplace sectors at the Salone del Mobile and around the city for some of the hottest events. “Leave the ball and chain at home” gets a whole new meaning with the political statement by artist Gaetano Pesce whose Maestà Soffrente was, after 50 years of the UP5 & 6 armchairs for B&B Italia, exhibited in Piazza Duomo for Milan Design Week 2019—at 8 meters high! The artist wanted to highlight Italy’s current social state of violence against women, stirring up resentment from feminist groups. You won’t want to miss reading this piece!

-Tom Dixon’s Back! His work on the Manzoni restaurant and shop was a hit.

-Artist Alex Chineck unzips the city with his IQOS WORLD Revealed.

-SuperDesign Show and Tortona Rocks, another good year.

-COS presented Conifera, a large-scale 3D-printed architectural installation.

-CityLife Tower, inside and out, continues Milan’s architectural renaissance.

-Cosentino presented Raytrace by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER for Dekton.

-And more!

Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2019

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During Milan Design Week 2019, visitors couldn’t miss the 8-meter high version of Gaetano Pesce’s chair Maestà Soffrente (Suffering Majesty), presented in Piazza Duomo alongside a series of animal heads made from polystyrene and painted fibreglass and mounted on iron easels. As one of the UP5 & 6 armchairs series...

Perhaps because it is the Centennial of the Bauhaus or just more evidence that mid-Century Modernism is enjoying a protracted a Renaissance. But the 58th edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the weeklong trend setting fair which closed this past April featured an extraordinary assortment of furniture that built on...

Olafur Eliasson and his new 'OE Quasi' light for Louis Poulsen. Courtesy of the brand.

In tomorrow’s world of lighting product design, technical advances combine with unexpected ideas in both the decorative and architectural lighting markets as seen at Euroluce 2019. Sunday marked the conclusion of the international lighting event that runs every two years beside furnishings fair Salone del Mobile. Two...


Milan Design Week 2019—Philip Morris International (PMI) pushes through media and industry attack for its anti-smoking campaign tagged as hypocritical, and what better place to make a statement about change? During the design event, the company exhibited IQOS World Revealed by Alex Chinneck as part of its IQOS WORLD...

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Generally fast plastic, 3D-printing doesn’t have the best reputation in terms of sustainability. However, the magic in this new technology lies in the endless possibilities which, with dedicated bright minds, continue to evolve. This Salone del Mobile in Milan, in the 16th-century Italian courtyard and gardens of...

The Manzoni by Tom Dixon. Courtesy of the designer.

After a year of absence from Salone del Mobile in Milan, world-renowned designer Tom Dixon comes back to permanently embed his good design taste and aesthetics into the center of Milan via the newly opened restaurant and showroom, The Manzoni. Tom’s Design Research (TDR) Studio created and designed the new 100-cover...


The Humanscale Design Studio presented its installation Bodies of Motion by designer Todd Bracher during Milan Design Week 2019. The installation explores human movement by reinterpreting the original scientific method of motion perception. Still on display since March 1, 2019:  Humanscale’s American Pavilion called...

Morphosis Installation, Milan 2019. Courtesy of Dassault Systèmes.


Dassault Systèmes held its Design for Life program at Superstudio Più during Milan Design Week 2019 (April 9-13). The event expressed the synergy between design, science and art can contribute to making the world more resilient, sustainable, and regenerative. The French company partnered with Morphosis for its main...

Courtesy of Tortona Rocks

Tortona Rocks has been part of Milan Design Week since 2016. Created by Milano Space Makers, an organization heavily involved in the development of the Tortona district, the exhibition presents new trends and designs from brands around the world within the neighborhood, annually attracting over 150,000 visitors. For...


Milan Design Week 2019—Global leader in the field of innovative surfaces, Cosentino presented Raytrace by designer Benjamin Hubert. Hubert designed the installation Raytrace using Consentino’s Dekton® Slim, their newest material introduced this year with a thickness of only 4mm. Visitors could “swim” through the lit...

Rendering by Struttura Leggera

Milan: home not only to fashion and sartorial elegance, but cutting edge buildings too. From the magnificent Duomo to the modernist Pirelli Tower to the organic lines of the Bosco Verticale, this northeast Italian city has always been a progressive metropolis when it comes to architecture. Over the past decade, and...

Peck restaurant, bar and deli. Courtesy of Vudafieri-Saverino Partners.

The concept of “designing relationships” between past and present lies at the heart of an ambitious vision set out by Vudafieri-Saverino Partners for a new branch of Milan’s famous Peck delicatessen. The historic brand, founded in 1883 by a Czech salami maker, became a symbol of the city’s post-war economic...


Monica Hutchings

Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator from Toronto who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is also our in-house copy editor.

Mairi Beautyman

Mairi Beautyman is a journalist based out of Berlin. She’s been writing about design and architecture since 2001.

Frederick Bernas

Frederick Bernas is a journalist, filmmaker and photographer living in Latin America.

Erin Tallman

American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

Vanessa Liwanag

Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod’Art International in Paris and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide.

Alex Ulam

Alex Ulam is a freelance journalist and design critic based in New York.

Erin Gigl

Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a writer and a photographer. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including CNN, BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel.

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