Ciao da Milano!


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I’ve just returned from a five-day work trip to Milan, Italy. It was a fantastic time to be in the city because this past week was Milan’s annual turn at being the “Intenational Design Capital.” Interni sponsored a GreenEnergyDesign event, in which designers were encouraged to create sustainable, eco-friendly products that used and reused materials in innovative ways.

The Dream City asks the viewers to generate energy via bicycle in order to light up and see portions of the exhibits.

Tejo Remy’s Chest of Drawers XS is a smaller version of her first chest of drawers, entitled, You Can’t Lay Down Your Memory, created in 1991 as a critique of consumerism.

Till death do us part is a table whose concept was developed by Martino d’Esposito. Disturbed by the amount of usable objects that people throw away after buying newer replacements, that they will then eventually throw away and replace, the designer asked Frank Bragigand to paint a second-hand table, onto which he then burned a contract that binds its owner to keep, use and care for the table for the rest of his life.

Tobias Rockenfeld’s Creatures repurposes old, broken toys by dissecting them and combining them with household items, trash and each other to create a series of creatures that swim, fly, hover, or crawl.

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