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MILAN DESIGN WEEK | EAT SHIT | VENTURA LAMBRATE

We are sure that the creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven, Thomas Widdershoven was initially nervous to come to Milan with a topic like shit, but he felt the more they discussed it, the more they realized it was absolutely necessary. Yes the title is explosive, but it is also entirely appropriate. The exhibition has been designed to present the breadth and attack of the Design Academy Eindhoven’s new Food Non Food department. I mean you can’t help but laugh at the word shit, crap or even poo, who doesn’t have a giggle at a little toilet humor.

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MILAN DESIGN WEEK | MADE IN RATIO | BRERA

Made in Ratio returns to Milan for the third year, with London based Australian designer Brodie Neill rising to the occasion to launch Alpha chair, the latest product in its critically acclaimed self-produced collection. Brodie embraces honest design, endeavoring to produce exceptionally made furniture that conveys quality and originality. The site-specific installation at via Palermo 11, which was originally built in the 17th Century as an icehouse for the Brera district and modified into a family run wood workshop almost a 100 years ago, a picture perfect backdrop to showcase his past and present works.

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MILAN DESIGN WEEK | LEE BROOM | SAN GREGORIO DOCET

British product and interior designer Lee Broom transformed a street of disused shops on Via Alfredo Cappellini to create ‘The Department Store’, his largest exhibition to date with the launch of over twenty new products.  Lee created a dramatic series of interconnected department store-inspired vignettes within the space the perfect articulation of his skills in cinema, set and product design. Each year he creates his trademark theatrical stylized presentations within Milan with his presentation this year displaying his defined vision of balance between formality and fun with modernism and nostalgia.

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MILAN DESIGN WEEK || COLOUR CASTING CONCRETE | ZONA TORTONA

The best thing about Milan Design Week is the thrill of the hunt, just when you enter a space to do a quick peruse & feel perhaps a sense of disappointment: BOOM. A diamond in the rough rises from the masses of petrified plinths and you rejoice in the designer re-telling their story. Designer Ungyon Iwamura is part of the Tokyo Design Week Kawaai & Cool crew within Padiglione Visconti, Via Tortona 58. Ungyon recognized that concrete was a widely versatile material, but its usage is in fact quite limited. Her aim was to widen the possibility of product design using concrete by uncovering a new,

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MILAN DESIGN WEEK || MILANO MOOOI MAGIC | ZONA TORTONA

The Milano magic has begun in true design week form people were still painting, building and cleaning within the Zona Tortona precinct in preparations for the week to begin. Except for MOOOI who once again gave us ‘The Unexpected Welcome’! Harmoniously absorbed by the breath-taking over-sized artistic photography by Rahi Rezvani, we were taken on a journey through the surreal and eye-catching sets showcasing the new ‘Signature Carpets’ collection, along with other new furniture & lighting collection pieces. This use of enlarged enchanting imagery has become signature to the look of MOOOI within the Milan design scene over the years and never fails to capture our curiosity.

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Base Camp Berlin

Berlin is the perfect city for a base camp for any creative soul. The city is scattered full of interesting spaces where creatives can basically hot desk hop their days away to allow them to work freely on their projects. We based ourselves during the week out of the Michelberger Hotel, in the lively district of Friedrichshain a stones through away from the famous East Side Gallery. This former warehouse is the perfect trendy but budget friendly hotel to happily work and live out of for the week. The downstairs reception and bar area is always a buzz whether you be working down there or drinking ( usually both at the same time ),

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TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF A DESIGN GRADUATE

The story of this project starts mid 2014, I had just graduated from COFA with a bachelor of design. After catching up with many of my peers, much of the evenings conversation consisted of “what are you doing now?” and “I just got a job here, its great!”. Not yet having landed a job in the industry like many of my fellow graduates, I left feeling disheartened. Bright and early the following morning I was on the job hunt. I was going to find my dream job in design! After all that is how it happens right?

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