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Milan Design Week New Designers Roundup

Milan Design Week New Designers RoundupIt would be impossible to do justice to the thousands of new designers who showed their works across Milan during the design week, much of which are as likely to delight as they are to bewilder.

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Aussitalian Design by SP01

Aussitalian Design by SP01Furniture design from down-under may have been under the radar, but that is set to change with emerging design brand SP01.

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Almost Complete by HDK, University of Gothenburg

Almost Complete by HDK, University of GothenburgDuring the Milan Design Week the wild frontier of design was undoubtedly the Ventura-Lambrate district, where emerging and experimental designers showed their wares under the vast rusting hulks of disused industrial facilities. 

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The Extraordinary Creations of Scarlet Splendour

The Extraordinary Creations of Scarlet SplendourFor some people less may be more, but for others too much minimalism makes you a dull boy. 

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Everything is Connected

Everything is ConnectedOne of our highlights of Milan Design Week is the Norwegian contemporary crafts and design exhibition curated by designer Katrin Greiling, who put together a highly polished showcase of the most exciting design talent from Norway.

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Glass Pagoda by JCP

Glass Pagoda by JCPThe exhibition halls of the Milan Furniture Fair can be an endless, monotonous stream of same-ness, so imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon the JCP stand.

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Phellem Collection by Alcarol

Phellem Collection by AlcarolCapturing the fleeting beauty of nature is the raison d'être of Andrea Forti and Eleonora Dal Farra, the experimental design duo behind Alcarol.

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Garden Layers by Patricia Urquiola for GAN

Garden Layers by Patricia Urquiola for GANPatricia Urquiola has designed a collection of Moghul-inspired outdoor rugs and furnishings perfect for those who want to recline in style.

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Day&Night Light by This is Bouw

Day&Night Light by This is BouwEver wondered why it is bad to watch TV or use computer devices before you go to bed?

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Viride by Goula / Figuera

Viride by Goula / FigueraFor all serial plant-killers out there, Barcelona-based designers Álvaro Goula and Pablo Figuera have come up with a clever and stylish product to help keep your indoor plants alive.

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Past & Future by Piet Hein Eek for Veronese

Past & Future by Piet Hein Eek for VeroneseWhen the Paris-based Murano glass specialist Veronese decided to make use of the spare crystal ornaments which have been accumulating at the basement of their Paris showroom for over 40 years, they knew exactly who to call.

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Furniture and Accessories by Kaksikko

Furniture and Accessories by KaksikkoNordic cool and Japanese minimalism make great design bedfellows, as the simple and sleek collections from Finnish design collective Kaksikko show.

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Gita by Piaggio Fast Forward

Gita by Piaggio Fast ForwardIt's not an exaggeration to say that Piaggio, the creator of the Vespa scooter, changed the concept of mobility. 

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The Craft of Thread Wrapping by Anton Alvarez

The Craft of Thread Wrapping by Anton AlvarezThe Craft of Thread Wrapping is an ongoing project by Swedish Chilean designer Anton Alvarez to create objects using different materials bound with colourful glue-coated threads.

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Lash Clock by Bina Baitel

Lash Clock by Bina BaitelAlways complaining about not having enough time?  French designer Bina Baitel has designed a unique clock which encourages you to take the time to enjoy time.

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ST∞L Multi-Colour Stools by Erik Olovsson

ST∞L Multi-colour Stools by Erik OlovssonNever one to let creativity restricted by material limitations, Swedish designer Erik Olovsson has created a series of highly appealing stools using nothing more than pine blocks and paint.

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Future Vintage Collection by Deft Union

Future Vintage Collection by Deft UnionWhat do you get when you mix mid-century design style with a dash of contemporary attitude?

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Best Quirky Storage Ideas

We may be in deepest winter but it's never too early to start planning for the spring clean.

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Design Academy Eindhoven Graduate Show Roundup

Design Academy Eindhoven Graduate Show RoundupThe annual graduate show of Design Academy Eindhoven is a veritable treasure trove of great design ideas, too numerous to document in full.

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Ways of Altering by Thomas Ballouhey

Ways of Altering by Thomas BallouheyRecycling and upcycling may be all the rage, but these products often end up looking haphazard and artisanal.

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Delicate Thread Dividers by Juno Jeon

Delicate Thread Dividers by Juno JeonKorean designer Juno Jeon is well known for his Alive Furniture Series, featuring cabinets with wooden "scales" which move as the drawers are open and closed.

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The Light of Colour by Nai-Dan Chang

Ability to create ambience is the key to success for any interior design scheme, but how?

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Soothing by Andrew Grincell

Soothing by Andrew GrincellIn a world full of noise, wouldn't it be great if we were able to tune out parts of the soundscape in order to focus on the sounds we really want to hear?

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Dressed Cabinets by Puck Dieben

Dressed Cabinets by Puck DiebenWhen Puck Dieben was a little girl she liked to build structures out of bedlinen and towels. 

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Precious Sight by Robin Pleun Maas

Precious Sight by Robin Pleun MassOften we take simple things in life for granted and fail to appreciate the value they add.

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Glissade by Christian Heikoop

Glissade by Christian HeikoopA certain Swedish furniture company may have popularised flatpack furniture, but it is young designer Christian Heikoop's Glissade collection which injects a much needed dash of panache to this much maligned category.

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Regen by Wendy Andreu

Regen by Wendy AndreuRegen is a unique system of making garments devised by Wendy Andreu, a designer fascinated by materials.

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Visioni Rug by Patricia Urquiola for cc-tapis

Visioni Rug by Patricia Urquiola for cc-tapisGraphic designs which play on perspectives may be old hat, but to apply such designs to rugs?  Now that's fresh. 

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The New Age of Trichology by Sanne Visser

The New Age of Trichology by Sanne VisserSanne Visser is a designer who likes to push the boundaries of materials. 

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Waiting for a Table by Kathleen Reilly

Waiting for a Table by Kathleen ReillySay goodbye to awkward silences at the dining table with Kathleen Reilly's collection of playful table accessories which promise to rewrite dining rituals and put the art into party.

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The Subversive Gardener by Vanessa Harden

The Subversive Gardener by Vanessa HardenReinforcements have just arrived at the frontline of guerrilla gardening with Vanessa Harden's collection of subversive gardening tools.

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New Works by New Works

New Works by New WorksA new breed of Nordic brands is propelling Scandinavian design into the 21st century and Danish newcomer New Works is right at the forefront.

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Parallel Choice Assortment by Dante Goods and Bads

Parallel Choice Assortment by Dante Goods and BadsThe most creative designs often come from random thoughts of a wandering mind, and so it was for the Parallel Choice Assortment collection of furniture and accessories by German brand Dante Goods and Bads.

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Green Inspirations

Green InspirationsAutumn might be closing but it's never too late to start your little patch of indoor nature, especially with the help of these clever products spotted at Maison & Objet in Paris.

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Text Block by Pini Leibovich for Tre Product

Text Block by Pini Leibovich for Tre ProductWe love a good modular shelving system so we were more than excited when we came across Text Block at Maison & Objet in Paris.

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Desktop Accessories from Taiwan

Desktop Accessories from TaiwanDo you feel writing is becoming a lost art? 

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Ceramic Inspirations from Atelier Polyhedre

Ceramic Inspirations from Atelier PolyhedreCeramicists Baptiste Ymonet and Vincent Jousseaume have been treading the fine line between art and design with great success since they founded Atelier Polyhedre in 2007.

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Furniture and Lighting from H220430

Furniture and lighting should first and foremost be functional, but sometimes a touch of whimsy can turn unremarkable objects into something more thought-provoking.

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Furniture Collection by Artzul

Furniture Collection by ArtzulDenmark has a strong heritage of outstanding furniture design, but its reputation doesn't just rest on design classics from past masters.

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Abstraction Tables by Roxanne Flick

Abstraction Tables by Roxanne FlickRoxanne Flick's Abstraction tables are inspired by the pioneers of Cubism.

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Urkiola Collection by Patricia Urquiola

Urkiola Collection by Patricia UrquiolaAs the rain came falling down during a recent afternoon stroll in Copenhagen, we sought refuge at the Georg Jensen shop and were delighted to come across the new Urkiola collection of tableware by Patricia Urquiola.

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Nidum, Bubo and Sto by Pip Jay King

Nidum, Bubo and Sto by Pip Jay KingThe Euro 2016 football tournament might be over, but the buzz surrounding Wales, the surprise package of the tournament, lingers on.

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Watering Can and Coffee Table by George Riding

Watering Can and Coffee Table by George RidingDuring our visit to New Designers 2016 we came across these beautifully crafted brass watering cans designed by George Riding.

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Objects of Control by Ed Lewis

Objects of Control by Ed LewisWith all the political upheaval these days it is easy to lose faith in politicians. 

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Priceous Air Jewellery by Eva Fernandez Martos

Priceous Air Jewellery by Eva Fernandez MartosAt a time when attention is focused on grand geopolitical issues it is easy to lose sight of the basic elements of life that we take for granted, such as the air we breathe in.

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A State of Transformation by Jesper Eriksson

A State of Transformation by Jesper ErikssonCan something as mundane as switching a light on and off become a remarkable experience in itself?

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Brutalist Inspired Ceramics by Bethany Stafford

Brutalist Inspired Ceramics by Bethany StaffordAs the reassessment of Brutalism gathers pace we are excited to discover the ceramic sculptures of Bethany Stafford.

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Lines Jars and Dishes by Lauren Nauman

Lines Jars and Dishes by Lauren NaumanLauren Nauman is a ceramicist with an experimental bent.

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A Sense Of Pinball Table by Soo Hyeon Goo

A Sense Of Pinball Table by Soo Hyeon GooFor those who think "interactive" means jabbing fingers on touchscreen devices, this pinball table designed by Soo Hyeon Goo is a useful reminder of the pleasures of actually touching and playing with different materials.

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Poured Bowl by Troels Flensted

Poured Bowl by Troels FienstedOne of the standout talents at the recent DMY design exhibition in Berlin is Troels Fiensted from Copenhagen.

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Trolleys by Studio Knol and Christiaan Bakker

Trolleys by Studio Knol and Christiaan BakkerAirplane trolleys have long been a favourite target of upcycling projects by designers but few have been as ambitious as Studio Knol and Christiaan Bakker, who were commissioned by KLM to create a multi-functional cabinet from a "cluster" of airplane trolleys.

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Solid Spin Lamps by Tamma Design

Solid Spin Lamps by Tamma DesignClerkenwell Design Week is upon us and one of our favourite venues is the atmospheric former prison cells at the House of Detention, where the soft glow of the Solid Spin Lamps by Tamma Design really shone out from the crowd.

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