After catching the eye of just about everyone at Salone del Mobile last year in Milan, MOST is back again with slew of new and innovative designs. Most is a curated creative hub instigated by Tom Dixon that promotes forward-thinking culture, commerce and creativity against the backdrop of Milan's National Museum of Science and Technology. This year’s chosen exhibitors presented exciting, responsibly made pieces that "disrupt design" and challenge the status quo. Click ahead to see some of our favorite pieces from MOST!
Piet Hein Eek brought an immense amount of pieces, dating back to their founding in 1990. Piet Hein Eek is a company of 100 craftsmen located in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Their business model treats waste like gold, giving a second life to salvaged material. Each piece is unique and made carefully and skillfully by hand.
Nakagawa Mokkougei is a third-generation craftsman and artist from Kyoto, Japan. Nakagawa handcrafts these graceful pieces using a 700-year old technique passed down through generations. Currently he is showing champagne coolers and stools from Japanese cedar, cypress and pine. His products are available for purchase through Japan Handmade.
Saintluc is an up-and-coming manufacturer from France. Using flax from Normandy, they’ve helped develop a renewable and recyclable composite material and have used it to create the elegant and classic forms of Coach and Duales. Previously, they won the Reddot Design Award for Shroom.
Jake Phipps of London took this opportunity to display his Apollo Lights. Made from coconut husk fiber, the manufacturing supports cottage industries in Sri Lanka from initial harvesting to final construction. Also on display are a new line of Coconut Fiber Tables.
Indigo Leather is new piece by Stellar Works of Japan. Starting with traditional techniques, they have developed a process to dye leather using natural indigo, with beautiful results.
Phil Euell is an American craftsman based out of Paris. Using salvaged pearwood from Burgundy and traditional techniques, Phil creates beautiful pieces that demonstrate a variety of influences. TaBourre caught our eye with its sculpturally minimal form and delicate coloration.
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