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Stealth photography at Kartell

Claire Sullivan - Friday, April 24, 2009

After posting the story a few days ago about the influences of fashion collections I was humoured by the great presentation at the Kartell stand today. Each Kartell piece was presented insitu with what we assume was the designers influence. Unfortunately you're not allowed to take photos at the fair, and normally I adhere to the rules, but in this case I did some stealth photography work, which explains the dodgy quality of most of the images. Hopefully it will enjoy it as much as I did.

Again, apologies for the not so great photography. To learn more about Kartell click here.

Diesel does design....interior design.

Claire Sullivan - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Yet another fashion house is throwing its design prowess  into the world of interiors. I'm not sure how I feel about all of this cross pollination, and why have we not seen any interior designers trying their hands at fashion...or have we? The Italian jeans giant Diesel have launched a furniture range with Moroso and The Rock  lighting for Foscarini. Stay tuned for any news on furniture designers doing fashion, I'm keep a look out.

Campana Brothers for Edra

Claire Sullivan - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Love them or not, you cannot discount the interest drawn by the ever controversial Campana brothers. Today at the fair crowds gathered around the newly released Cipria Sofa's (as shown above). Designed to be added to list of iconic pieces the brothers have produced, the Cipria is constructed from nine cushions fixed to a metal frame, Each cushion is covered in fake fur and comes in varying colours  and fur lengths. No doubt the avid Campana collectors will be pleased. Edra is available from Matisse.

60 years of Kartell

Claire Sullivan - Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Italian design powerhouse Kartell are celebrating their 60th birthday at this years Milan fair. The presentation today was alive with all of the usual brightness and wonderment that Kartell are renowned for. One of the key factors of Kartell's success is their ability to manufacture outstanding products from some of the world's greatest designers at very low prices, and by doing so, making excellent design available to the masses. Three cheers to Kartell!
Above is Patricia Urqiola's new 'Frilly Stool' an addition to the 'Frilly Chair' launched last year.

The Cindy table lamp designed by Ferruccio Laviani takes it's inspiration from the 1970's , and comes in a range of shiny metallic tones in various shades as shown above. Kartell is widely available in New Zealand click here for more details.

Stump side table at Ligne Roset

Claire Sullivan - Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I'll admit to having a soft spot for marble. It's presence almost always adds classic sophistication to any environment. I was therefore drawn today to the Stump side table at Ligne Roset. The perfect height and modern shape make it a future classic. Ligne Roset is available locally at Domo.

Bringing out the crazies.

Claire Sullivan - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Yes that's right, the above is a new 'seating system'. According to designer Gaetano Pesce he has always loved animals, but will they still love him after this attempt at paying homage? The seating system was designed for Meritalia, and certainly got my attention, so I thought it only fair that I show you it's not all chic minimalism up here in Milan, some designers are really taking things into their own hands.  To be fair though their faces are kind of cute, and would probably be well loved by a very young child, until it started giving them nightmares!


Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

In other non-Milan related design news. Fashematics is the term used to describe the influential sums that make up the whole in many a fashion collection. Check out for other excellent examples. We can definitely see this mathematical theory applied to other design wonders. Keep an eye out for our own interpretations from some of the furniture at the Milan Salone.

Moooi at Milan

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In an obvious attempt to make light of certain current economic conditions, Marcel Wanders has released 'The killing of the Piggy Bank'. The ceramic piece is typical of Wanders always humorous approach to design, particularly when he states that  it's main purpose is as a vase to hold flowers, which is probably better than holding nothing at all. 

You'll have to use your imagination here, the above 'Blow Away Vase' by Front for Moooi was actually on display today next to a large fan, which did a good job of  representing the designers vision of a Royal Delft vase given new parameters once it has been exposed to simulated wind. 

Once again Moooi have taken an artistic and humorous approach to their design presentations. Moooi is available from ECC.

Poltrona Frau archives revisited

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The iconic Chesterfield is always deserving of a revisit in my opinion, and this year, the Italian powerhouse Poltrona Frau have reissued one of their most traditional and well loved icons. Poltrona Frau are most renowned for their craftsmanship and zest for perfection, these pieces are no exception with each made painstakingly by hand. Poltrona Frau is available locally at Georgigregg.

David Trubridge Design

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Arguably New Zealand's most infamous design exporter, David Trubridge is once again impressing the crowds in Milan. Trubridge became somewhat of a household name in Italian design circles when his now ubiquitous coral light was first shown back in 2002. I for one recall seeing the coral light all over Milan at  my first Salone visit back in 2004. 

This year Trubridge has taken an exhibition space in the ever popular area, the Zona Tortona. Sharing the same off-site postings as the likes of Marcel Wanders and Tom Dixon, Trubridge is attracting all the right attention from the crowds looking for the new and cooler alternatives to what's on display in the main fair pavilions.

Keeping with this years Euroluce theme Trubridge has developed a series of three lights based on the Maori legend of Tane. The lights vary in composition materials, and all come flat packed for easy shipping to anywhere in the world.

For more information click here.