Mi­lan De­sign Week 2018

This year’s Mi­lan De­sign Week show­cased some in­spi­ra­tional de­signs from ex­per­i­men­tal wood us­age and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to LED light­ing and Ja­panese pa­per.

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More than 2000 ex­hibitors from over 165 coun­tries de­scended on the global cap­i­tal of de­sign, Mi­lan to dis­play their cre­ative in­stal­la­tions. The most al­lur­ing were the eco-friendly de­signer prod­ucts that made an im­pact.


Helsinki-based Hun­gar­ian ar­chi­tect Zsuzsanna Horvath de­vel­oped the Sila lamp – born through ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with laser cut­ting tech­niques. An ele­gant lamp, it emerges from a two-di­men­sional plane of laser-cut birch ply­wood. The lamp’s struc­ture is made with thin, del­i­cate sliv­ers of ply­wood us­ing a flex­i­ble OLED panel as a light source, nearly as del­i­cate as the ply­wood it­self, mak­ing it an ethe­real struc­ture 002E.


De­signed by the Mi­lan-based Mandalaki of­fice, the Halo lamp is a bold com­bi­na­tion of art and tech­nol­ogy. Un­like most lamps, Halo does not pro­vide neu­tral white il­lu­mi­na­tion. In­stead, it dyes space with vivid, un­ex­pected colours. The vivid colours are pro­duced by ana­log op­ti­cal de­com­po­si­tion in­stead of an RGB LED. Mandalaki de­vel­oped a dichroic fil­ter to di­vide the pure lu­mi­nous flux, or the mea­sure of per­ceived light, into a vast spec­trum of colours.

SUNDIAL clock By yoy

Sundial wall clock by Tokyo-based de­sign stu­dio YOY is a wall clock ap­pear­ing to be struc­tured as a sundial, de­signed with a bar for the min­utes hand and its shadow as the hour hand. The en­tire clock face with the shadow im­printed on the sur­face turns to tell time, giv­ing the im­pres­sion that the bar and shadow is chas­ing each other around the clock. Al­though at first sight it seems to be a real sundial, it is only an il­lu­sion. Part of the “Fic­tion­al­ity” col­lec­tion, this clock has a reg­u­lar bar as the minute hand and a “shadow” as the hour hand, which is im­printed on the clock’s face. Sur­pris­ingly, the en­tire clock ro­tates to show the cor­rect time.


Wood ap­pears to be a stiff and rigid ma­te­rial, but it can be made to bend with just the right touch. Dukta is a unique in­ci­sion process that can make wood into a flex­i­ble, man­age­able ma­te­rial. Da­vide Montanaro used this process to de­sign the ply­wood D.01 bench and en­sured the piece had char­ac­ter with its smooth shape and dis­tinct pat­tern.

PA­PER AND light By DE­NIS guidone AND TOMOKO fuse

De­signer De­nis Guidone and origami artist Tomoko Fuse cre­ated Pa­per and Light to blend clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary tech­niques. This project in­cludes a series of lamps made from folded washi, a tra­di­tional Ja­panese pa­per. The folded light in­stal­ments il­lu­mi­nate the area and cre­ate play­ful shad­ows.

MACARON Seat By Kalo

Kalo cre­ated the Macaron Seat by us­ing lo­cally-re­cy­cled bits of rub­ber. Each Macaron seat is made by press­ing a two part mold onto a pre-made wood frame. Macaron Seat’s main vis­ual char­ac­ter­is­tics are cham­fered smooth sur­faces, rounded off edges, and their dis­tinct fuzzy cen­tre. The parting line been the molds is ex­ag­ger­ated by al­low­ing some room for over­flow rub­ber, which cre­ates a solid rim around the seat. Once the pieces are de-molded giv­ingthe rough edge to the seat, it con­trasts the smooth seat sur­faces. In­laid within, is a thin brass el­e­ments and vis­ual jux­ta­po­si­tion. Also, mixed in with the rub­ber crumb are wood shav­ings, giv­ing the rub­ber seats a con­trast­ing speck­led look.

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