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Designhuis brings Europe's best young designers to Milan

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For this year’s Salone Del Mobile, the Dutch group Designhuis has brought 21 young designers from 11 countries to Milan.

They have been selected because of the use of basic materials like earth, cow-dung, wood, cardboard and bone.

At the TALENT exhibition Dutch designer Guus Van Leeuwen is showing a range of animal-shaped radiators; copper tubes are bent into shape and then covered in the skin of the animal represented by the radiator. These hides are filled with wheat to hold the warmth in reference to a time when farmers would sleep near their animals for warmth.

Vladi Papaport’s steel, leather and wooden pieces are inspired by 16th and 17th century Dutch vanitas paintings, created to remind their owners of their mortality. The Amsterdam-based artist’s surreal range of furniture features a chair shaped like a skull, a brain-like footstool and a spinal cord lamp.

Karin Frankenstein explores the use of materials out of context - her chair is made of paper, potato, flour, chalk, sand, clay, cow dung, straw and peat.

Location: Spazio Rossana Orlandi, via matteo bandello 14, Milan
Dates: 22-26 April 2009
Opening Times: 10:00-19:00

More design news on the AJ’s Milan Furniture Fair blog

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