Zaira Magliozzi reports from Milan Design Week - today: Surfaces, Materials and Technologies
With its thousands of chairs, tables and lamps Milan Design Week can be a waste of time and energy, a giant and endless marathon of events, exhibitions and previews with neither rhyme nor reason.
Designers risk returning home dazed and confused. It is often difficult to discover and recognise worthy new experiments. Most of the time because it’s not easy to see exactly what is behind a simple object in a stand.
After many hours spent inside and, above all, outside the fairground, AJ has selected three examples of different ways of thinking about materials, surfaces and technologies. Unique approaches that, in different ways, are opening up new paths of research which may turn out to be the next big thing.
Wood-Skin is a new composite material that combines the strength of wood with the flexibility of fabric. Created by a Milan based company, in only a few years this product has been used to develop unconventional structures. Its parametric nature permits a variety of uses, from façades to interiors. For this year’s design week in Ventura Lambrate, the company presented a new self-assembly furniture series developed with MIT’s Self Assembly Lab and Biesse.
C7OLED is a brand new concept of “embedded” lamp contained in 4 mm and 188 grams of moulded carbon fibre: one continuous line with two Lumiblade OLEDs. Designed by Romolo Stanco for T°RED and Lumiblade OLED Lighting, it was presented for the first time during this Milan design week in Ventura Lambrate.
Cemento 3D is a collection of three-dimensional forms assembled to create different and modular surfaces. Launched for the first time during an event in Brera district, it is designed by Isacco Brioschi for HDsurface, an Italian company based in Brescia, who invented the first and only resin comprised of a consistent part of concrete.