MILAN: Salone del Mobile 2011

EVERY YEAR IN MILAN THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITIES of the design world gather for a week to contemplate the newest creations, trends and technologies. This year the event hosted by Baccarat and Veuve Cliquot was held April 12-17th. Baccarat displayed their new collection of crystal chandeliers amongst whimsical cloud installations (as seen above). So what did all the big names in Italian design bring to the table this year? Moroso displayed the Biknit Seating collection by Patricia Urquiola: “an exaggerated stitch pattern, an expanded, intense aesthetic transforms a weave into a visible, dramatic design.” They also showed her…

1ST DIBS ON VINTAGE FINDS

1ST DIBS is a website that consolidates the listings of the best antique dealers all around the States. I don’t mean just the Baroque or Neo-classical pieces that come straight to mind when hearing “antiques”. Though 1st dibs does carry beautiful pre-20th Century designs, I’m mostly excited by the Art Deco, Hollywood Glam, and Mid century – Modern finds. Each object on 1st dibs is a design relic – they’re the real deal. I love to browse through the listings simply to observe the beauty of the details and finishes of each piece. This has brought me better familiarization with…

DESIGN TREND: Out with the Old, In with the Neo

Philippe Starck & Marcel Wanders Some designers are stemming away from stark-ultra-modernism by bringing new life in to traditional forms. The tension between these reincarnated pieces with the modern spaces they adorn creates a multi-layering effect. Two major players of this approach are super-star designers Marcel Wanders and Philippe Starck. Miami’s air of glossy modern glam has been a great canvas for these two. Projects such as the Delano Hotel in South Beach, the Icon Brickell and the Mondrian Hotel showcase this playful take on luxury and the new Baroque. Along with their interiors, Starck and Wanders are most well known for their…