Who makes the best IKEA hacks? After last week's IKEA Festival during Milan's Design Week, the clear winner is IKEA. For their first official foray into presenting during the festivities of Salone del Mobile (2015's kitchen-focused presentation in Tortona was also meant to address the throngs of visitors for Expo
With today's rapidly dissolving boundaries in design, it's appropriate that more and more design programs are exploring the possibilities in between disciplines. At last year's Core77 conference, the theme of co-creation explored this idea, and at the 2017 Milan Design Week, Lexus highlighted their own brand commitment to finding innovation
The medical device space is a slow-moving behemoth bogged down by regulation and in need of disruptive ideas and design innovation. In recent years, we've seen a number of interesting ideas emerge in the space from designing handwashing to the ways that rapid prototyping has transformed prosthetics. As the medical
The 2016 International IDSA Conference was hosted in Detroit last week with a focus on the theme of "Making Things Happen." Detroit, with it's wrought morality tale of decline from the richest city in the United States in the 1950's and '60s to it's recent designation as the country's poorest
When the mail-order catalog SkyMall filed for bankruptcy in 2015, designers and frequent flyers mourned the end of one of our favorite in-flight pasttimes. For New York Design Week, the Wintercheck Factory (WCF) is paying homage to the spirit of the beloved catalog with the NYCxSKYMALL exhibition, showcasing "design solutions
As with most challenges, having the right tool for the job can be the critical difference between failure and success. With the rise of industrial agriculture in the United States in the '60s, the market for new technologies and tools for small scale producers all but disappeared. Now that is
With over 2000 exhibitors representing 40 countries, this year's International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago embraced the theme of "It's Smart" with some strong entries from major manufacturers and Silicon Valley startups in the smart kitchen and cleaning space. The standout amongst the smart systems include a debut by
Think flip flops should be confined to locker room showers and beach bumming? Leave it to a French designer to rescue the lowly plastic sandal from the dredges of the fashion faux pas. Philippe Starck has teamed up with Brazilian sandal brand Ipanema to introduce a modern flip flop that
Occupying multiple galleries and two floors of the Old Truman Brewery, the 9th edition of TENT London was an international showcase of design with country pavilions from a diversity of regions including Ireland, Korea, Norway, Italy, Poland and Australia showing alongside local design talent from across the United Kingdom. New
With a new SoHo showroom now open in New York City, the CEO of Henrybuilt took a moment to chat with Core77 about the rise of the kitchen as a tool, the R&D process for new Henrybuilt products, and why integrating technology into the cabinetry may not be the answer home cooks are looking for.
At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, the grand dame of Italian design had an unusual mix of corporate projects from the likes of Wolf Gordon, Sunbrella and Marimekko to smaller scale works of independent studios and designers crowded into every nook and cranny of the exhibition space. For the first time, the
It was hard to miss the green and white striped billboards and subway ads dotted around Milan for #IKEATemporary, IKEA's mega pop-up near Zona Tortona. With over 200 products for sale; METOD kitchen vignettes by Matali Crasset, Paola Navone and Studio Irvine; a fully operational cafeteria serving up those
When two women dressed in matching workwear approach and tell you to, "eat shit," it gets your attention. Armed with caulking guns and a giant plastic backpack in the shape of a perfect poo—think turd emoji, only bigger—these angels of good will serve up a crostini topped with a swirl
Designjunction, the London-based design tradeshow exhibited for the third year during Milan design week. Presenting a broad range of furniture, interior products and personal accessories spread over two floors in the San Babila Design Quarter. Tom Dixon's presentation anchored this year's show, taking over the Theatre/Cinema space of the Casa
We're always a sucker for a workshop so when Emeco debuted their new chair designed by Jasper Morrison with a metalsmith, we were curious. Inspired by the woven cane brasserie chairs that dot the sidewalks of Paris, the Alfi collection includes a high back chair, a three-seater bench and low
What if the machines that manufacture our objects could feel? And what if those feelings would effect the final outcome of the objects created? At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, a bastion of experimental and emerging talent, an ongoing collaboration between Sander Wassink and Olivier van Herpt explores that territory with 3D
Inspired by the radical approach of Studio Alchimia in the 1970's, Singapore Design: The Alchemists presents the work of 15 young Singaporean designers who are leveraging technologies, processes and unusual materials to develop, as the co-curator Stefano Casciani posits, "a more contemporary attitude for designing in the global context."
Welcome to the age of active furniture. MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is debuting a prototype for the first self-transforming table. A collaboration with the material manufacturer Wood-Skin, the table reconfigures itself from flat-pack to full-functionality without the need for human or machine assembly. An embedded pre-stressed textile allows the table to
This year's Design Indaba Expo—part tradeshow, part retail market—was a grab bag of work. From pedestrian fashions to objet d'art, emerging creatives to corporate establishments, there was a bit of this and that for everyone. The standouts from this year's exhibitors came primarily from the Design Indaba-curated sections, specifically the
"In design, there are merchants and pastors," explains Hella Jongerius. "I'm a design pastor. Today I step out of the closet to fight for new industrial values." In Jongerius' stirring presentation at Design Indaba 2015, the Dutch design icon explained that designers fall under two
Young designers presenting work in progress provoked a wide-ranging conversation about design for the future.
What comes around, goes around and this year's selection of vintage design pieces have aged gracefully. The star of this year's show, new or old, was Charlotte Perriand. The architect and designer was best known for her work for Le Corbusier—the creative directors at Louis Vuitton spearheaded a renewed interest...
With over 70,000 people descending on Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, its no wonder that the buzz surrounding the Design Miami sister show is getting louder with every year. This year's strong showing represented the increasingly international nature of the design business—the gallery list including Galerie BSL from Paris,...
Kvadrat Soft Cell panels line the entrance of the Moroso showroomCelebrating Patricia Urquiola's first textile collection for Kvadrat, a feast of the senses was organized at Moroso's Milan showroom during Salone. Entering through a hallway lit with the dynamic glow of Kvadrat's Soft Cell panels, guests were welcome into the...
Alessandro Mendini reflects the playfulness of Alessi in a miniature town set on a backdrop of futurist painter Gerardo Dottori's work.In this year's deep-dive into Italian design history, Milan's Triennale Design Museum staged The Syndrome of Influence a three-part exhibition asking contemporary designers to reflect and interpret the work of...
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