At last year's Milan Design Week, Designersblock—based in the new, upcoming design district of San Gregorio Docet—featured some of the most creative, memorable and innovative designs from young talents gathered from all around the World. This year's exhibits are just as fabulous, with great designs featuring new uses for materials, technology, and upcycling techniques. Read on to see some of this year's highlights.
These handmade lamps are part of a limited series crafted by Giopato & Coombes. Each piece is unique, made of hand-blown Murano glass with turned brass fittings and custom LED technology.
“The Sticker Clock” by Jamie Wolfond strips time down to its most basic elements: it’s just a 5 x 8.5 inch vinyl sticker paired with basic clock parts.
Kyla McCallum’s fascination with origami inspired her “Foldability” series of modular lamps. Each piece is handmade in London, UK.
French designer and maker Margaux Claveluses wax to create unique pieces of sculptural jewellery. Molten wax is shaped with various seals, and the extra long wick becomes the string of the necklace.
Inspired by the cycle of the seasons, Meital Tzabareuses traditional techniques and readily available natural materials for his work. His “Re:connect” lamps use fallen leaves in both their shades, and their stands.
Beth Lewis Williams showed a collection of porcelain lighting that incorporates lithophanie; a traditional and mysterious 19th Century art technique in which images are carved into ultra-thin porcelain, and then backlit for dramatic effect.
When most people think of wool the image that springs to mind isn’t that of a solid, wood-like texture. Well, think again: the “Hembury Chair” is made from Herdwich wool from Devonshire. The wool is compressed into a fiberglass-like texture that its creators are calling “solidwool“.
Toby Sanderslaunched his new “Beach Ball” lamps at Designerblock, and they’ve been received with great enthusiasm. The inflatable lights are made from real beach balls with transparent windows and LED components added in, and each one is packed flat for more eco-savvy shipping.
The 6 Degree Bookcase from Dutch Vonessen Design eliminates the need for bookends or shelves of different sizes. It has an integrated marble track, which encourages children to play while they’re choosing something new to read.
Italian designer Umberto Dattola’sfurniture collection investigates existential breakdown, and this erratic-looking lamp is no exception. “The Silent Lamp”is handmade from light wood, and each is unique: this is a limited edition series of only 99 pieces – each one signed by its creator.