The fourth edition of the much-anticipated designjunction EDIT show is in full swing, with hundreds of Milan Design Week fans pouring into the San Babila Design Quarter's Casa dell’Opera to check it out. This year's exhibition spans two floors of an old school building, filling a derelict theater with some of the most cutting edge lighting, furniture and accessories designs. Inhabitat spotted everything from designer baked goods to mushroom-shaped lamps to edible food containers at the showcase - read on for 16 of our favorites!
Studio Lav‘s Designer Baking is a set of wooden food stamps that use iconic fabric patterns like Pied de Poule and Tweed Herringbone to transform bread and cookies into small “haute couture” treats. Like in fashion, different collections of baked goods are produced every season using locally sourced organic ingredients. The flavours and colours are based on what is available in the current season and the latest food trends. The SS15 collection features flat breads with beet, spinach and carrot.
Omologie is the brainchild of interior designer Francesco Guerriero, who channeled his background in hotel, residential and retail design to present a premiere collection of eclectic reinterpretations of classic furniture designs. This modular cabinet made out of Afrormosia, a solid wood from Western Africa, was assembled with dovetail joints and without any metal components. The wood is FSC-certified and comes from a controlled supply chain.
London based H, draws inspiration from their Mexican origins. They use solid wood for the sense of warmth it brings, and juxtapose it with other premium, natural materials for their beauty and sustainability. The Belt hanging wardrobe is designed by the Munich-based designer Jessica Nebel. It is a distinctive, self-supporting structure made from a solid wood hanging bar, five plywood hangers and leather straps. The leather elements have been painstakingly created by master craftsmen. The meter-long hanging bar comes finished in natural oiled oak, ash and European walnut, while the leathers are available in light brown, brown and black options.
Signe Hytte is a young Danish designer who has already worked for some of the best Scandinavian studios, and has products released by companies such as Menu and Bolia. Her ‘Karl-Johan’ table lamp for New Works combines a strong contrast of materials with a softness of shape. Inspired by nature, Karl-Johan takes its form from the iconic shape of a mushroom and is available both in marble with transparent grey glass and smoked oak with opal glass. The marble base and transparent grey glass combination creates a bold contrast to its organic shape.
Kostantia Manthou‘s KI.RA line is a collection of utensils that facilitate the production and consumption of edible containers inspired by picnics and lunch breaks. The food vessel becomes part of the meal and the meal becomes the vessel. What remains is the memory of the meal. KI.RA comments on our takeaway food culture and enhances it through revisiting customary food rituals. By emulating the act of snapping pieces of bread, it also encourages sharing.
Christian Noergaard and Martin Kechayas are the dynamic duo that make up Danish industrial and furniture design house Noergaard-Kechayas. Together, they create thoughtful and beautiful designs such as chairs, shelves, and lighting units. The pendant lights they presented at designjunction are crafted from various materials including concrete, cork, marble, oak, terracotta, and die cast aluminium.
The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the British Consulate-General Milan teamed up this year to present “The Green Room”, a dining room furnished with a selection of eco-conscious UK furniture, lighting, fabrics, tableware and design accessories. The selection criteria included low-carbon footprint manufacturing and processing, hand-made products, wood from certified forests, recycling, upcycling, natural yarns, and fair trade products. The three following designers were showcased as part of the design project:
The collections of Utopia & Utility are based on the designs of Pia Wustenberg, who graduated at the Royal College of Arts and works as a team with her brother Moritz. Traditional crafts and functionality come together in their unique range of stacking vessels in composite materials.
Benchmark was co-founded in 1984 by Sean Sutcliffe with Terence Conran as a powerhouse of craft with a deep knowledge of wood. For this year’s show, Benchmark presented the designs of Sebastian Cox, a real enthusiast of sustainable hardwoods such as coppiced hazel. The designer gave a live demonstration of his craftsmanship during the press review.
The New English makes its tableware in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of English bone china, and combines British humour with nature-inspired details. Their unusual gift ideas and handmade ceramics products reflect an English palette of design as well as creative influences that range from J.M.W Turner to Damien Hirst, Edward Elgar to the Sex Pistols.
British furniture manufacturer “Case” presented their latest collection by leading Japanese designer, Shin Azumi as part of the Case Café, which is located at the show entrance. Azumi created the Loku chair utilizing 3D plywood technology, which allowed the seat to be molded into a shape that is both comfortable and supportive. The seat and back are made from a thin plywood veneer that can be shaped when heated into tight curves to stiffen the material. The Loku chair is available with a certified wood & metal or steel tube base, in oak or walnut plywood and with or without a leather seat pad.
Tom Dixon‘s Y Chair is injection molded in glass-reinforced nylon which means that the material can be recycled, resist fatigue and absorb shock and load through its flexibility. Tom Dixon was looking for a product that balances three requirements demanded of a contract chair: durability, a striking silhouette and an ergonomic form. The Y Chair can be easily dismantled and is 100% recyclable. The chairs have been tested for general contract use and are suitable for the following applications: office buildings, showrooms, public halls, function rooms, cafés, restaurants, canteens, banks, bars and the home.
Founded by designer Vicky Weiler, TUNG DESIGN, presents an eclectic mix of design objects and accessories using a variety of natural materials. TUNG’s products are typically formed from materials such as glass, slate, bamboo and porcelain, but the studio chose to showcase its new LED and metal lighting fixtures at designjunction.
We Do Wood spotlighted two of its products made from certified moso bamboo, one of the most sustainable natural resources in the world. Their Coat Frame consists of three adjustable coat hangers, with hooks mounted on three metal bars, so that they can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically. The bamboo frame serves as a mounting system while also creating a beautiful visual framework for jackets, scarfs and so on.
We Do Wood designer Sebastian Jorgensen rediscovered a Scandinavian furniture classic with his Nomad Chair. The new take on an iconic design was inspired by the legendary Roorkhee Chair, which was originally made for British military officers stationed in India and later reworked by Scandinavian designers Kaare Klint and Arne Norell. The Nomad Chair is a true field chair and can be assembled or dissembled in a matter of seconds, making it highly portable and perfect for the modern nomadic lifestyle. The furniture parts are made from turned bamboo, making for a lightweight, but exceptionally strong and comfortable chair.