With so many incredible exhibitions at Milan Design Week 2014, it's easy to understand why a second visit might be needed to take it all in. The Brera Design District was one area that required a second look, and we had the opportunity to explore some brilliant projects that we missed the first time around. In addition to the products developed with 3D printing technology, one major trend was the "resurrection" of components such as bike chains and suitcases to create furniture and decorative objects. Click through to check out some of the highlights of our second trip to Brera:
Alessandro Zambelli‘s “Afillia” light series is named after a botanical term referring to that which is leafless, but not lifeless. The lacy lights are handcrafted from Swiss pine and nylon fiber, and create a diffused glow similar to that of indirect sunlight.
Inspired by Turkish cooking techniques, Casper Tolhuisen designed this barbecue pot for Soonsalon. Items are placed in the pot to cook, and then dough or citrus fruits seal up the opening, thus creating a steam chamber for the food within.
Another Clara Rigamonti design, “Bar” seems to have been created from an old steel drum.
Her flair for quirky furniture shines through with the “Suitcase Chair”: a bit self-explanatory, but fabulous nonetheless.
For the “Bike Lamp”, Clara used lengths of used bicycle chain to crate an elegant, draped chandelier. Just add some LED lightbulbs and voila!
Every stoneware pot created by Flò Fiori is made by hand and coated with a lead-free glaze. The intent is to create planters that are as beautiful as the flowers and plants that will be grown or displayed within them.
Elisa Cavani (aka Manoteca) has transformed an antique door into an exquisite, multi-purpose table. When closed, it provides table space for up to eight people. When opened, it has a series of shelves, cubbyholes, and drawers that can hold everything from letters to art supplies.