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Plug by ZPSTUDIO

Designed by Italy’s ZPSTUDIO, the Plug is a dual-function umbrella stand and candle holder. The three sockets can secure three umbrellas, ferrule down, when placed on the floor or a trio of candles when positioned on a table. Made of a single marble block, each Plug is CNC-crafted and hand-refined by marble artists. Combining old and new, the Plug brings the industrial look to a classic material.

Cella Planters by Ecoid

Founded by Yongkyu Kim and Jonghyun Baek, ecoid is a sustainable design company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their first product, Cella, grew from a green roof research project at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In its current form, the urban gardening innovation serves as a microclimate for moss and small plants, grown from plug or seed. The planters are made of UV-protected, scratch-resistant, phthalate-free PVC, a plastic that is ...

Lumio, Creative Portable Lamp

Designed by Max Gunawan of San Francisco, Lumio is a handsome portable light that looks like a journal. The lightweight design weighs about 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg) and can be carried as a book. When opened, the lamp automatically turns on, illuminating any space with a warm, seemingly magical glow. The hidden LEDs give off up to 500 lumen, and their light is softened by the pages of Tyvek, a ...

Nambu Tekki Cast Iron Pans by Nobuho Miya

Designed and forged by master craftsman Nobuho Miya, this collection of Nambu tekki cast iron pans brings time-honored culinary style to any kitchen. Miya works in his family ironware studio, Kamasada, in the Iwate prefecture of Japan. With more than forty years of experience, he practices the art of traditional Nambu techniques, and his work is widely acclaimed. His commercial production of Nambu tekki cast iron includes a skillet and ...

Cromatica by Digital Habits

Designed by Italy’s Digital Habits, creators of the P.A.C.O. Concrete Speaker, Chromatica is hybrid table lamp and speaker made to foster synesthetic experiences of light, sound, and gesture. The holistic, ambient technology can be remote- and touch-controlled via its signature app. The white and RBG LEDs, for example, can be adjusted for any mood or occasion by swiping the app’s color wheel. Italian inside and out, the innovative design is ...

Surfph-o-morph Surfboards

Collaboratively designed and made by industrial designer Giulio Iacchetti and Francesco A. Fiorentio of Surfer’s Den, “Surfph-o-morph” is a trio of Italian surfboards. Inspired by marine animals, the three boards each represent a whale, a dolphin, and a shark in black, gray, and white, respectively. Each design has curves and dorsal fins for character and naturalism. Photography by Max Rommel

The Intelligence of Objects

Italian journalist Elena Cattaneo is reporting on Design Week from Milan. Does the world really need something new? To try to answer this provocative question, José Dominguez and Leandro Leccese responded with few words, instead showcasing their designs because, as they explained, “we’re designers, not writers.” José and Leandro met while studying Industrial Design at the University of Buenos Aires, and, in 2011, they decided to combine their expertise and ...

Kangeri Nomadic Radiator

Collaboratively designed by Satyendra Pakhalé and Tubes Radiatori, the Kangeri Nomadic Radiator draws inspiration from the kanger, a personal radiator with roots in Italy and Northern India. The kanger is a pot of embers that can be kept underneath traditional clothing for warmth. Said to have originated in Italy, the kanger was adopted by the Kashmiri people. Combining the words “kanger” and “Kashmiri,” the Kangeri radiator is a contemporary object ...

Treasure Table

Designed by Frederik Roijé of Amsterdam, the Treasure Table resembles a scientific sample jar. The side table displays one’s little pieces of treasure inside a base of handblown glass. Sealed with a top of natural brown or black cork, the table can protect valuable or delicate objects behind glass. Made in Holland, Roijé’s design comes in two sizes, one of which is large enough to hold a skull. Gather a ...

Pot.pourri Modular Home Decor

New from 3dotscollective, Pot.pourri is a modular design with Venezuelan and European influences. The metal components reference indigenous Venezuelan basket-weaving, and the concrete elements echo contemporary Europe’s industrial aesthetic. Together, the ten pieces form bowls, vases, and hanging lamps in 100-plus variations. The designers’ vision is now on display at Milan Design Week, showing at the Ventura Team-Up at Via Dei Canzi 19 from April 8-13.