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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.

Eggshell Chairs

New from German designer Sebastian Aumer, the Eggo! is a small stool made of 70% of eggshells. Aumer collected the shells from local bakeries and, adding nontoxic ingredients such as casein, starch, and vinegar, baked the mixture into a chair. Each Eggo! contains more than 1,000 shells and uniquely speckled. The boxy design resembles an egg crate and comes in pink and blue. Post-use, the environmentally-friendly furniture can be composted.

Glass and Wood from the Northern Shores of Finland

From far Northern Europe, Maija Puoskari’s glasswork arrives in Milan. I found her work at one of the many small stands of the Salone Satellite, a stand which gathered all the young designers, mostly foreigners, and those still poorly understood. There, I read the biography of Maija, who I think is perhaps little known here in Italy. The designer was born in northern Finland, in Tornio. Most recently, she studied ...

Arne Jacobsen Drop Chair Revival by Fritz Hansen

A mid-century modern classic, the Drop Chair was originally designed by Arne Jacobsen for  Copenhagen’s Radisson SAS Royal Hotel. Soon to be released on the market, the newly revived design by the Republic of Fritz Hansen will be on display at Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 77 for Milan Design Week. Like the iconic design, the Fritz Hansen remake features a droplet-shaped back. The new Drop Chair comes in chrome or powder-coated ...

Bambi Chair: A Little Friend from the Forest

Italian journalist Elena Cattaneo is reporting on Design Week from Milan. This is her first post for GBlog. Stemming directly from the fairy tales that impressed our small hearts the most, the Bambi is an inspired chair for children. We can rest assured that no animal was harmed to make this vision reality; the seat is upholstered in nylon and the base and back are made of solid European oak ...