Claesson Koivisto Rune: Modena Chair


Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm, in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. It started as an architectural firm, but has since become an internationally-acclaimed, multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design. Project categories include buildings, hotels, homes, shops, offices, exhibitions, kitchens, sanitary ware, tableware, glassware, furniture, textiles, tiles, lighting, electronics, candy and even a trophy (the Swedish TV-prize Kristallen).

Launched in 2013, Tibro, Sweden-based Offecct Lab released its inaugural piece, the Cape chair by Nendo, garnering many an admirer. This year, it steps up its intentions with a brace of new offerings, including the Modena office chair by the prolifically progressive Claesson Koivisto Rune, whose international acclaim is matched by a thirst for the new.

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Muller van Severen


Belgian design team Muller van Severen is a paragon of creative conspiracy. What started out in 2011 as a simple experiment in co-creation between married visual artists Fien Muller and Hannes van Severen resulted in a critically acclaimed collection of furniture that straddles the line between sculpture and functional homeware—though neither Muller nor van Severen were trained furniture designers.

“The decision to start making ‘furniture sculptures’ arose very spontaneously,” Muller tells CH. It was the outcome of a combination of circumstances, including the fact that the couple was in the midst of a home renovation when they started working together. With a mutual interest in creating fine art for the everyday and a focus on cultivating their own living space, Muller van Severen was born.

The Muller van Severen collections are on view and available for purchase at Matter(405 Broome St, NYC) through 30 April 2015

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Milan Design Week


Every year more than 300.000 visitors come to the biggest design exhibition in Milan knowed as the “Saloni del Mobile”. Much of this exhibition happens in the Fiera RHO exhibition center, were are concentrated all major design brands worldwide.

What many people do not know is that the “Saloni del Mobile” does not happen there, which is already a huge place, but the event transform Milan in a design city for the entire week, where mostly every corner there is a design installations or an event related to the design world, including not just furniture but the whole concept of design.

Always on april, usually the first half are the “Saloni del Mobile” days, this year will happen from 14/04 to 19/04. In this post I will explain manly the difference between what happen in the Exhibition Centre, Fiera RHO and what happen in what is called Fuori Saloni (outside the saloni). It is called outside the Saloni exactly because is about all the events and installations outside the mainexhibition centre.


I SALONI, as it is known is an event that brings together more than 300.000 visitors a year, and with more than 2000 exhibitors of furniture brands worldwide. The event is closed to professionals of the design sector from Tuesday to Friday (14-17 / 04) and open to the public Saturday and Sunday (18-19/04).

Several pavilions are divided by category. Basically the pavilions 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-12-14-16-18-20 happens the main display furniture divided by type, modern, design, classic etc. This year along with “Saloni del Mobile”,  will be the “Euroluce” that is the lighting industry exhibition also within the same fair RHO exhibition space, however it happens at pavilions 9-11-13-15 and are present lighting design brands such as Flos, Foscarini e Artemide.

The Euroluce is a biennial exhibition and alternates with the Eurocucina exhibition which is focused on the kitchen and bathrooms sector. It still have another two pavilions, 22-24, presenting the part of office furniture and also the Salone Satellite, which displays new designers from around the world including many students projects.

The best pavilions to visit in my opinion are the blues that are the design ones, where are located the most recognized brands in the Italian market such as: Poliform, B&B italia, Flexform, Capellini, Edra, Kartell, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Tom Dixon, Moroso, Gervasoni, Rimadesio, Minotti, Molteni &C, Porro e Vitra.

The space of Fiera RHO is very large, very well organized, with food courts, public transport to the location of the fair or generous parking. An important tip for first-timers is to be very careful on the subway to catch the right line to RHO station, because there is another train on the same line that goes to another part of Milan. For more information about tickets and how to get there go to their website

See bellow a map of the exhibition center:



As I said above the FUORI SALONI is everything that happens in Milan this week in addition to the great event in the Fiera RHO. Several showrooms of the most famous brands present their new releases to professionals and public, but Fuori Saloni also include fashion and other fields of design.

For anyone who has never been at the Fuori Saloni the main districts to visit are: Brera, Tortona and Ventura Lambrate. See map bellow:

fuori salonimapa

Via Tortona always has many trendy events and many international designers, a must to visit is the showroom of the brand Mooi at via Savona 56 parallel to the via Tortona, always with great surprises.

Apart from those districts, there are several events that many brands sometimes do where mixing fashion and design, or art and design such as the Hermes shop and the Armani theatre. For more info go to their website

And not only that, at night the city does not stop, cocktails and events for industry professionals happen every night in several different locations and sometimes are open to the public. It is certainly a must-see week to design lovers.

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Text: Juliana Brunetti

Stockholm Design Week


Stockholm Design Week is going to be held for a period of seven days in Stockholm, Sweden. The main objective of this international expo is to make the leading experts related to designing industry aware of the latest trends and techniques which will help in the improvement of this sector. At the same time this expo will facilitate the designers of the contemporary times as well as the owners of fashion and design stores by giving them a scope to share their knowledge and experience with each other. Stockholm Design Week will give a unique opportunity to the manufacturers and suppliers of all kinds of designer products to build good business relationships with their potential customers associated with this sector.

Lucie Koldova – Lighting and Furniture designer


Lucie is a lighting and furniture designer born in the Czech Republic.
After graduating at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in
Prague in 2009, she moved to Paris. She workes as a furniture and
light designer. Lucie established her own studio in Paris in 2012.

She appreciates influences, inspiration and different cultures melting
together in both – Prague and Paris where she continues working for
international clients. Lucie produces furniture pieces, glass sculptures
and timeless lights, objects of desire. Her work stretches from daily
products, conceptual space, urban area to poetic gallery objects
and limited series.

Lucie uses classic craftsmenship through cutting-edge
technologies with a main focus on basic materials such as wood
and glass. She likes working with colors, unusual proportions
and contrasts, her objects are often pushed to limits.
She creates with passion.

In 2010, she started her successful path in France with significant glass
pieces, called Muffins and Balloons, for a Czech traditional manufacturer
Brokis. Since then she keeps on working with glass and enjoys
experimenting with different light sources and crafty materials,
being fascinated by various techniques of glass blowing.

Veliero by Franco Albini



The library of Franco Albini revived by Cassina

The bookcase consists of two pillars in ashwood with brass tip ends. 4mm (0.15”) stainless steel tie rods. Anchoring elements of the rods are in burnished iron with the central rods in polished brass. The shelves are made of tempered 3+3 mm (0.12”+0.12”) stratified safety glass. Shelf supports in ashwood with polished brass ends. Diagonal reinforcing tie rods for the shelves in polished brass. The base is in steel with the covering panels in ashwood.

Unique piece designed by Franco Albini in 1939 for his own house in Milan, it had a highly experimental, a daring challenge to the laws of balance. The name Veliero (Italian for sailboat) alluded to its nautical aspect, and the bookcase has a lightness of touch typical of Albini designs in both its look and physical presence. The reconstruction of this model from
the past restores a key design to its place in the annals of design history.

Jellies Family by Kartell


Patricia Urquiola has designed the ‘jellies family, a collection of plates, trays, glasses, bowls and carafes made from colored and transparent injection moulded polycarbonate. each tableware piece incorporates a different pattern, referencing memories of urquiola’s youth; the transparent, subtle and delicate colors combine easily to result in variable table configurations.

A comprehensive line of plates, trays, glasses, bowls and carafes made from colourful and transparent PMMA plastic. The line’s individuality is down to the fact that each model presents a different organic pattern that has clearly been inspired by nature, harking back to the moulds that were once used for making jellies. This design highlights temporality, and therefore also variety, from smallest to largest. The faint, delicate and accessible transparent colours are suitable for furnishing any kind of table: creative and original, or more classic and monochrome. The overlapping sections and colourful juxtapositions create an imaginative yet discreet ensemble that is both creative and sophisticated.

Lea Ceramiche – GOOD DESIGN Award 2014


Type 32 Slimtech, the collection by Lea Ceramiche designed by Diego Grandi, has won the GOOD DESIGN Award 2014, the prestigious prize with which the Chicago Athenaeum honours excellence of design worldwide. Several thousand contributions were received by the Museum for the 2014 competition. Over 700 projects from more than 48 countries were selected in October by a double jury which met in New York and Los Angeles and which announced the winners for each category, amongst them Type 32 by Lea Ceramiche which won the Floor and Wall Covering section.

The idea consists of two overlapping layers. The first is more material-oriented and is made of a silkscreen print playing with the theme of verisimilitude and reproducing an essence. The second, more graphical, consists of a decoration, based on the recurrence of an oblique line with four patterns. Starting from its format, the project represents a novelty. Instead of working with standard dimensions, the new line uses Lea Slimtech staves (20 x 200 cm) made to a new thickness of 5.5 mm.

Type 32 sets off with materials but then moves on to transcend them, transporting them to an abstract level where invention lends additional meaning to the word decorum, rewriting a new language, yet as familiar as the first four letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, beta, gamma, delta.
The inspiration ranges from art to graphics, but the themes of illusion and memory are also present. As in certain dreams, or better still, in certain visions, it becomes something other than itself, reinterpreted as pure image through a contemporary language that transforms the material into a mirage, while the classic ornamental lines become potentially infinite surfaces. A large carpet, basically.

Take-off light

German label Fifti-fifti designed Take-off light, a paper lampshade with a very fine pattern of laser stitches which can be enlarged at will.

The lampshade Take-off light is made of two sheets of paper with a very fine pattern of laser stiches which can be enlarged at will.

So it is possible to determine where the light passes through the lampshade. This leads to an endless variety of light/shade structures and patterns. The metal frame is to be stuck to one piece, to which the paper sheets are fixed by magnets.

Fifti-fifti designs, produces and distributes objects for different areas of life, working together with small and medium-sized companies, mainly in Germany.

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Paul Jenkins


The paintings of Paul Jenkins have come to represent the spirit, vitality, and invention of post World War II American abstraction. Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Jenkins’ fame is as much identified with the process of controlled paint-pouring and canvas manipulation as with the gem-like veils of transparent and translucent color which have characterized his work since the late 1950s. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923, Jenkins later moved to Youngstown, Ohio. Drawn to New York, he became a student of Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League and ultimately became associated with the Abstract Expressionists, inspired in part by the “cataclysmic challenge of Pollock and the total metaphysical consumption of Mark Tobey.” An ongoing interest in Eastern religions and philosophy, the study of the I Ching, along with the writings of Carl Jung prompted Jenkins’ turn toward inward reflection and mysticism which have dominated his aesthetic as well as his life.

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