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This month, Milan sees the 57th edi­tion of the Salone In­ter­nazionale del Mo­bile (page 22) hap­pen­ing from the 17th to the 22nd. Over 2,000 ex­hibitors and 300,000 ex­pected vis­i­tors from 165 coun­tries will con­verge on an ex­hi­bi­tion area spread across 200,000sqm – ap­prox­i­mately the size of 40 foot­ball fields. De­sign, and all its at­ten­dant buzz, will of course be the dis­cus­sion point.

In this is­sue, Robb Re­port Malaysia of­fers a tastemaker’s se­lec­tion of de­sign- con­scious items that el­e­vate the or­di­nary into some­thing spe­cial. That list of up­grades runs the gamut of Dan­ish mod­ernism in the Bang & Olufsen Be­o­lab 90 speak­ers (page 54) to Lexus’ flag­ship LS sa­loon (page 44), and from Bul­gari’s Cu­rios­ity Shop cel­e­brat­ing the art of won­der (page 40) to Mont­blanc’s sportive 1858 time­piece col­lec­tion, hark­ing back to the golden age of moun­taineer­ing (page 76).

In all this, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that de­sign isn’t mere phi­los­o­phy as Ja­panese fash­ion de­signer Issey Miyake points out. Rather, it is some­thing that im­pacts “the way we live our lives, cre­at­ing cul­ture, shap­ing val­ues and de­ter­min­ing the fu­ture” – a quote at­trib­uted to de­signer and ed­u­ca­tor Robert Peters. In all this, it’s also worth re­call­ing Steve Jobs who said: “De­sign is not just what it looks like and feels like. De­sign is how it works.”


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