Archives for: April 2012

Milan's Tastiest "Accessoration" ... Edible Furniture!!!

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Sapore del Mobili (furniture tasting)
is the result of a chance meeting in Milan of two young designers,
Ryosuke Fukusada (Japan) & Rui Pereira (Portugal).

The project is a statement about the size of the contemporary
furniture industry & the "consumer's inability to digest" 
the amount of product that is launched every year 
at Milan's Salone del Mobile.

The designers created these "furniture pans" to bake 
small Japanese cakes "baby castella" with 
Portugese egg based pastry "ovos moles."

Creating your own "edible furniture" ...
chairs, tables, lamps, cabinets, vases, etc ...
& decorating the pieces with a choice of toppings ...
makes "digestion" of new furniture easier!!!

And when you get tired of these pieces ...
you can "eat'em up" and start again!!!

This blend of my two favorite "accessorations" is sublime ...
& a very, very thought provoking idea!!!

Yummie too!!!

Mario Bellini's Designs for Venini Spanning a Decade!!!

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SOGNI INFRANTI, 1992 Mario Bellini

 

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CHIMERE work in progress, 2012 Mario Bellini

 

I love the vibrancy & grace of blown glass 
and was once again enchanted by 
exhibition during Milan Design Week.
(see blog 4/21/11)

It was held at the divine Museo Bagatti Valsecchi,
a stunning "house museum" on Via Gesu,
in the middle of Milan's shopping mecca,
between Via Monte Napoleone & Via Spiga!!!      

Titled "The White Collection," 
this extraordinary selection of "glass art" includes 
renown international designers,
including Japanese architect Tadao Ando
Italian designer Alessandro Mendini,
and English designers Barber & Osgerby
who most recently designed the 2012 Olympic Torch.

I was most captivated by the two collections, 
created 10 years apart, by Italian designer & architect

All six pieces are sublime ....
the over-the-top whimsey & color in the earlier series 
is a revered "accessoration supreme," 
while  the more minimal, sculptural shapes & colors of 2012 
 have a more contemporary feeling.


I can't make a "must-have" decision ....
& would be equally thrilled 
by anyone of these pieces
"accessorating" my living room!!!

Exhausted Visitors @ Milan Fair Know What To Do!!!

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Everyone needs a "time-out" ....
even visitors to Milan's  

What could be better than this whimsical, colorful, squishy,
"cocoonish" sofa!!!

Great for napping, texting, phoning or just thinking!!!
Italian design at it's best!!!

Bet these divine creatures won't be at next month's ICFF ....
too bad!!!!!

"Pull Me Up" ..... Stools, Benches, or Tables in Milan!!!

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The accessorator's pick for "trend du jour" at
Milan's Salone Del Mobile were .....

Perching, Sitting, Stacking, or Setting!!!

These "accessorations" were everywhere,
some were serious, some whimsical, some recycled, 
some shiny & new ......
but always accessible & flexible!!!

There were sooooo many divine choices that
 I think maybe I ordered them "all" ....
for my house in the country!!!

Kvadrat Celebrates Iconic Hallingdal 65 in Milan!!!

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THE HARDWEARING. Henrik Tjareby

 

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QUETZACOAL, Jean Baptiste Fastrez

 

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ZOO, Ionna Vautrin

 

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BUM & NANNA, Hjortefar

 

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DEMOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING, Ministry of Design

 

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CHROMA, Sofie Brünner

 

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FRAMED, Studio mischer 'traxler

 

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HALLINGDAL FRINGE, Front

 

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COCCO, Katrin Sonnleitner

 

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SILLA MARIONETA Martin Azua Studio

 

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WINDMILLS, Constance Guisset

 

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SELVEGE, Raw-Edges

 

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HARDIE STOOLS, Phillipe Malouin

 

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WELCOME, Mermeladaestudio

 

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PRINCIPESSA Daybed by Moroso Doshi Levien

 

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XYZ SOFT ELEMENT, Marti Guixe

 

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PLAY, Stephen Burks

 

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HADR, Todd Bracher Studio

 

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120/7 RUBIA SPECTRUM Quack Sofa by Cappellini, Glithero 

 

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DARLINGS, David Taylor

 

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NANNA, François Mangeol

 

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COAT Armchair by Moroso, Sebastian Herkner

 

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HIDE & SLEEP, Studio Greiling

 

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FAUX CONTINUS, Adrien Rovero
Danish textile company Kvadrat
celebrated it first & most iconic textile
at the Jil Sander showroom
during Milan's 2012 Salone del Mobile.

A durable and flexible blend of wool & viscose, 
the fabric, designed by Nanna Ditzel in 1965,
is archetype of woolen textiles.

It has been used in everything from hospitals to hotels,
and is currently available in 58 color combinations ...
a divine "accessoration palette" for this color junkie!!! 

Seven international curators, 
were asked to select young, contemporary designers to 
"reinterpret the classic textile, 
developed more than 45 years ago,
in a modern context."

From furniture to ..... 
"paintings," light fixtures, shoes, & a car,
this eclectic installation of 32 beautiful "objects"
is staggering!!!!

It was truly a Milan must-see!!!