With the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair just weeks away, our inboxes are filling up with breathless press releases on groundbreaking chairs! Revolutionary couches! Mind-bending dish racks! So far, though, everything's been pretty... meh.
One glowing exception: Tokujin Yoshioka's new Invisibles Light series for Kartell, which looks like a furniture set sprung from the hands of Houdini.
With a blend of artistry and commercial savvy, Patricia Urquiola enthralls tony Italian furniture makers—as well as BMW, H&M, and high-end hotel chains such as Mandarin Oriental. It’s a beautiful business.