Milan Design Week 2012: Tuesday 17 April

On their second day in Milan, the Vogue Living team encounters a series of projects demonstrating colour as a defining design element continues to be a trend. They take in Rossana Orlandi’s compound, always a hotspot for thought-provoking exhibitions, and capture the excitement of onlookers as rockstar Lenny Kravitz arrives at a Kartell event.
 
Day 2: Tuesday 17 April
Baccarat: Variations by Patricia Urquiola
Palazzo Morando, Via Sant’Andrea 6.

Patricia Urquiola delved into the reflective properties of crystal and the different principles used to cut the material to inform the design of Variations, her range of crystal vases and glassware for Baccarat. The pigment within the feminine pastel and jewel-coloured pieces is reflected within the object via the refracted crystal surfaces.

Thomas Eyck: Colour-based on Nature by Irma Boom
Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14/16

Dutch brand Thomas Eyck exhibits ‘Colour-based on Nature’ by Irma Boom, an intriguing project encompassing a book and seven different wallpapers.

Designed by Irma Boom, an Amsterdam-based graphic designer, the concept began as a book project graphically analysing the natural colour palettes that exist at 80 UNESCO natural heritage sites around the globe. The book replicates elements of a colour sample book with perforations in the pages, which are all double-folded, designed to be cut open to reveal an abstract colour diagram of an individual site.

One colour diagram was chosen from each continent and translated into wallpaper. We intuitively recognised the design based on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a vibrant blue and green colour palette defined by shades of turquoise, sea foam, bottle green and navy blue.

According to Eyck, viewers from the featured regions have been quick to spot familiar locations without reading the geographic labels.

Scholten & Baijings 1616 tableware for Arita
Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14/16


Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings
bring their distinctive use of colour to 1616, an extensive collection of tableware for Arita. One of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Japan, Arita is known for the delicate grey-white hue of its porcelain and the application of fine hand-painted decoration.

The Dutch designers went into the company’s archives to analyse the tones used in historical pieces. The common colours they discovered – aquarelle blue, pale green, red-orange and yellow ochre – have been used to create a specific spectrum of colours that are applied to the porcelain in layered patterns and varied gradations of glazing.

Front Design: Surface Tension lamp
Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14/16

Swedish design studio Front finds beauty in brevity and highlights the amazing efficiency of LED light sources with Surface Tension, a lamp for new Dutch lighting brand Booo. The design creates its own ephemeral lightshades out of bubbles that briefly appear and catch the light (emitted by an LED transforming the surface into a transluscent multicoloured mirror), before bursting. The lamps produce three million bubble globes before their LED reaches the end of its life cycle and burns out.

Lenny Kravitz at Kartell


Vogue Living editor David Clark briefly switched jobs with photographer Paul Barbera to capture the frenzy caused by people trying to catch a glimpse of Lenny Kravitz at Kartell Goes Rock, a collaboration between the rockstar and designer Phillipe Starck.

David took advantage of his 6-foot-plus height to rise over the hordes and snap a pic of Kravitz and Starck meeting the press.

Maybe David’s en route for a career change from editor to paparazzo!

On day 3, we’ll visit events held by Hermés and Georg Jensen and much, much more. If you enjoyed this post check out our report from Milan Design Week 2012 day 1. You can also follow our team as they report live via Twitter (@vogueliving) and see more content on Facebook (facebook.com/vogueliving) and Tumblr (voguelivingmagazine.tumblr.com).

Producers: David Clark and Zoe Jeffrey
Photographer: Paul Barbera
Text: Madeleine Hinchy

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