Last year, For Use/Numen, an Vienna-based artist collective, installed a suspended network of tunnels made out of 100 pounds of clear packing tape. Visitors were invited to climb into and crawl around in the structure, which resembled the work of hearty silkworms. (Read more about the Tape project here.) Building on that success, For Use has created another interactive public sculpture, this time using layers of flexible netting held in midair.
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. Here's a look at her beautiful business.
One thing you'll notice at the Milan Furniture Fair is how totally international the designs appear—-and I don't necessarily mean that as a compliment. The designs, and the designers could have come from anywhere. Modernist architects used to dream of an "International Style," and that ethos now permeates product design. But one outstanding exception is Moroso, which more than any other design house has put ethnically inspired design centerstage, in a niche dominated by works that all look vaguely related. Here's a sampling of what they presented this year:
Next month, the design world will collapse upon Milan, for Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the world's biggest contemporary furniture fair. Luckily for design fans eager to taste some eye candy, previews of the best wares are already appearing on blogs. Here's a round up of the best pieces we've seen so far.