milan design week 2012

Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

What if your lamp and laptop could be powered by plants? Biophotovoltaics' Moss Table is an innovative furnishing that demonstrates the future potential of Bio-Photo-Voltaic (BPV) technology. Here

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Designer Rabih Hage Uses Leftover Corian to Create Fantastic Furniture

Designer Rabih Hage Uses Leftover Corian to Create Fantastic Furniture

London based designer and architect Rabih Hage has used scrap pieces of Corian to make these fabulous pieces of angular furniture. The designs were presented by DuPont Corian at the 2012 Milan Furniture

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Solar Parasols Charge Laptops, Phones and Tablets While Providing Shade at Milan Design Week

Solar Parasols Charge Laptops, Phones and Tablets While Providing Shade at Milan Design Week

Ombrellone Solare recently unveiled two solar parasols at Fabbrica Del Vapore during this year’s Milan Design Week. Dubbed Eclipse and Kosmos, the designs saw great success, not only because of the

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Swedish Students Showcase Designs for Children at ‘Play In Progress’ During Milan Design Week

Swedish Students Showcase Designs for Children at ‘Play In Progress’ During Milan Design Week

Designed by Jessica Arosenius for both adults and children to use together, the Block.210 is a cool coffee-table with a surface packed full of building blocks. Johanna Larsson's cool table

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The Lichtbed is a Giant, Dreamy Shape-Shifting Daybed

The Lichtbed is a Giant, Dreamy Shape-Shifting Daybed

Would you like a 'throne' of your own, or perhaps a fluffy picnic space? Lichtbed is an experimental project by architecture practice 51n4e and textile designers Chevalier-Masson and Julie Vandenbroucke.

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Brilliant ‘Satellite’ Floor Lamp is Made Entirely of Ground-Up, Recycled CD Cases

Brilliant ‘Satellite’ Floor Lamp is Made Entirely of Ground-Up, Recycled CD Cases

Dutch Designer Dirk Vander Kooij repurposed an industrial robot to produce new designs from recycled e-waste. Unveiled during Milan Design Week, his "Satellite" floor lamp is a beautiful object made from

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The Best Green Furnishings at Fiera Milano During the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair

The Best Green Furnishings at Fiera Milano During the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair

Gufram uses soft polyurethane, brightly coloured with washable, non-toxic dyes, to create the most unusual designs. Inspired by traditional car air fresheners, “Déjeuner sur l’arbre” can be used as

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Studio Besau-Marguerre’s ‘Greenhouse to Go’ Can Be Toted Around Like a Purse

Studio Besau-Marguerre’s ‘Greenhouse to Go’ Can Be Toted Around Like a Purse

The Greenhouse to Go consists of a somewhat tall glass greenhouse with a soil base for planting. Leather straps wrap around the structure for security and a handle makes toting around the piece as simple

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The Best Green Furniture From Milan Design Week: Fiera Milano Day 2

The Best Green Furniture From Milan Design Week: Fiera Milano Day 2

Super-Elastica is a natural rattan armchair which owes its name to the extraordinarily elastic material, which enables it to adapt to the shape of whoever sits in it, and to return to its original shape

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Herb2 from FABRIKAAT Is an Innovative Indoor Vertical Garden Wall

Herb2 from FABRIKAAT Is an Innovative Indoor Vertical Garden Wall

Designed for urban homes that are short on gardening space, the Herb² is a transformable partition wall that can can bring succulents to any room in a modern and stylish way. Exhibited at the FABRIKAAT

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Brick Biotope at FABRIKAAT: Bricks That Double as Bird Habitats Showcased in Milan

Brick Biotope at FABRIKAAT: Bricks That Double as Bird Habitats Showcased in Milan

Compelled by the disappearance of house sparrows due to the depletion of their natural environment, students Micaela Nardella and Oana Tudose designed Brick Biotope, a set of bricks that doubles as a

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Lin Yu-Nung’s Inside Out Lamp Invites Playful People to Draw All Over It in Milan

Lin Yu-Nung’s Inside Out Lamp Invites Playful People to Draw All Over It in Milan

Remember when your parents scolded you for scribbling on the furniture? You won't have that problem with Lin Yu-Nung's playful 'Inside Out Lamp', which actually encourages kids (and adults) to draw all

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Designers Create Luxury Furnishings from Recycled Waste for Italy’s Torre Coccaro 5-Star Hotel

Designers Create Luxury Furnishings from Recycled Waste for Italy’s Torre Coccaro 5-Star Hotel

Dutch artist Johan Peter Hol chose to re-use old, broken crockery, mounted onto a cardboard structure, to create an ornamental decoration. Savino Corvasce created an entire furniture collection by

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Louise Campbell’s Intricate Papercuts Lamps Shine at Milan Design Week

Louise Campbell’s Intricate Papercuts Lamps Shine at Milan Design Week

Danish designer Louise Campbell's intricate Papercuts series of paper lamps really shined during Milan Design Week. Folded from paper just like origami and then sliced with delicate cutouts, the

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Meta-Material’s Cactus-Shaped Cardboard Filters Clean the Air in Style at Milan Design Week

Meta-Material’s Cactus-Shaped Cardboard Filters Clean the Air in Style at Milan Design Week

Meta Material showed people at this year’s Milan Design Week that just because you want to breathe clean air does not mean you have to use a clunky and industrial-looking contraption to do the

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Domus and Audi’s Milan Exhibit Explores “The Future in the Making”

Domus and Audi’s Milan Exhibit Explores “The Future in the Making”

Award-winning designer Dirk Vander Kooij showcased his reprogrammed robot 'Endless', and the furniture line it produced at this year's fair.  The colorful range of "Endless" chairs and tables have been

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IKEA PS Unveils Smart, Sustainable Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2012

IKEA PS Unveils Smart, Sustainable Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2012

This bamboo table has three changeable tabletops - a planter, a fruit bowl and a normal flat table. It can also be put together to create different compositions. Poltrona is a minimalist take on

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Designers Take a Low-Tech Approach at Salone Satellite 2012 During Milan Design Week

Designers Take a Low-Tech Approach at Salone Satellite 2012 During Milan Design Week

AmbiHive is a beautiful new design from NBT Studio that merges an ambient wall light and a speaker. The piece is made with ICB (Inverted Corrugated Board), LEDs and a ceramic sound chip. The chip,

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Superlatives Welcomed: Tom Dixon’s MOST Exhibition Is a Milan Salone Highlight

Superlatives Welcomed: Tom Dixon’s MOST Exhibition Is a Milan Salone Highlight

DEZEEN STUDIO Following their successful collaboration on the experimental audio installation JamScape at the Salone last year, Dezeen has again teamed up with Jawbone on the Dezeen Studio Powered by

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‘Perspectives’ by Belgium is Design Offers a Refreshing Take on Sustainability in Milan

‘Perspectives’ by Belgium is Design Offers a Refreshing Take on Sustainability in Milan

For us, the highlight of this exhibition the Nomad Portable Solar Lamp by Alain Gilles. The lamp provides a safe and eco-friendly substitute to the dangerous kerosene lamp that is often used in

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Designersblock 2012 Showcases Brilliant Furnishings From Emerging Designers at Milan Design Week

Designersblock 2012 Showcases Brilliant Furnishings From Emerging Designers at Milan Design Week

Designersblock in Milan 2012 is hosted by Tom Dixon at the MOST design festival. The Swedish designer Carsten Thostrup showed off a set of colorful stools locally produced in

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Supercyclers Unveil Innovative Designs Made From Waste During Milan Design Week

Supercyclers Unveil Innovative Designs Made From Waste During Milan Design Week

We were swept up by this brilliant chair made from a recycled broom that was showcased at this year's Supercyclers exhibit. Tamara Maynes' geometric Quilt Light features an elegant folded pattern.

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Bezalel Academy of Arts Presents a “Design Bonanza” at Ventura Lambrate in Milan

Bezalel Academy of Arts Presents a “Design Bonanza” at Ventura Lambrate in Milan

Here is "Glass Knives for the Post-Modern Neanderthal" by Itmar Foguel. The piece reminisces on the art of breaking rock and glass into tools, as was done by the prehistoric man. It shows how man can

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ILIDE to Debut Gorgeous Handmade Local Lamps at Milan Design Week

ILIDE to Debut Gorgeous Handmade Local Lamps at Milan Design Week

ILIDE (Italian LIght DEsign) is a new lighting company that will make its debut next week at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair with two collections of stunning handmade lamps. ILIDE's locally-made lamps are

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Yves Behar’s Refreshing New Design for SodaStream Source Set to Launch at MOST in Milan

Yves Behar’s Refreshing New Design for SodaStream Source Set to Launch at MOST in Milan

Inhabitat favorite Yves Behar just unveiled an ultra-clean, minimalist redesign for the SodaStream Source home soda system. Set to be launched at the MOST showroom space at this year's Milan Design Week,

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Akihisa Hirata to Unveil “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week 2012

Akihisa Hirata to Unveil “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week 2012

Milan Design Week is still more than a month away, but we're already excited about one eco design set to be unveiled at this year's show - Panasonic's dynamic  "Photosynthesis" courtyard

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