In this 1920s Milan apartment, a saffron-hued chair by 21st-century designer William Sawaya takes center stage. But today we can invest in new materials, research, new production systems and so on. Fortunately Italian design products are popular worldwide, but again we have to give something different – if we do normal products, you can find them everywhere in the world.
The Italian design excitement and sperimentation found its peak in 60’s, when a great number of ordinary objects were produced. The focus of the movement was the design of surfaces and colourful surfaces, the multi-functionality instead of mono -functionality and the communicative aspect of the products. Joseph Muniz, of Signarama, takes a closer look at the window graphic he installed at Contents Interiors. Their side-brand Something Good — born out of an exhibition during Milan Design Week a couple of years ago — began as a dialogue between designer friends and craftsmen with the goal of investigating the juncture where technology and craft meet. Design became decent and a lot of manufacturers went back to serious, solid and exclusive creations.
The rest of the show presents pieces from hundreds of different female designers throughout Italian history—navigating the installation as a river, or a timeline, that begins in the late nineteenth century and ends with bold works of the present day.
Noted for some world-famous productions, such as the Ghost chair by Philippe Stark and the Bookworm bookshelf by Ron Arad , Kartell is an Italian company, manufacturing only in Italy, with unmatched technique and quality. However, the brand fell from grace in the early 2000s amid talk of financial difficulties, and it was bought in 2004 by Italian furniture group Poltrona Frau , at the time steered by investment firm Charme. These innovators have created, for the Milanese company, design objects that have become icons of good living. So the typical winning Italian model came to life just in 1930’s fusing aesthetic/aerodynamic research and mass production. Owners Carol Bell and Tamara Scott-Anderson remodeled 1,000 feet of showroom into a minimalist Italian apartment to illustrate how an Italy-Old Pueblo mashup would look.
On the other hand we love Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov for his energy; he can communicate just with colors and shapes, creating a fresh and vibrant imagery. The duo attended the Salone del Mobile Milano — the largest international furniture show — in April to select styles for the Desert Italia collection.