Design

Alchemists of Minimalism: Tommaso Nani and Noa Ikeuchi
Tommaso Nani and Noa Ikeuchi create designs that are odes to the beauty of simplicity and a Zen-like purity of form. This Italian and Japanese duo found a common language and opened their studio, Mist-o, five years ago in Milan and Tokyo, creating a cultural bridge between Europe and Asia. Today, their clients include iconic Italian brands such as Cappellini and Tod’s. Last year they received the EDIDA Young Japanese talent award by Elle Decor Japan. Jeanne-Marie Cilento asks them 10 Questions about their life and work. Portraits by Ilaria Cilli at Palazzo Litta in Milan.

Christian Lacroix's New Furniture Collection by Sacha Walckhoff
A witty and graceful furniture collection with a surprising dash of robust vigour has been designed by Christian Lacroix's Creative Director Sacha Walckhoff and produced by Roche Bobois. Jeanne-Marie Cilento speaks to the effervescent designer about the inspirations and challenges that faced him creating a completely new oeuvre for the French fashion house.

Top Designers Create New Collections for Atelier Swarovski Home
The world's leading designers including Ron Arad, Daniel Libeskind and the late Zaha Hadid have created glimmering, crystalline pieces for the new Atelier Swarovski Home collection launched for the first time in Milan at Palazzo Cagnola during the Salone del Mobile, writes Jeanne-Marie Cilento.

10 Question Column: Dichroic Art Chair Inspired by Daft Punk
American designer Juliette Mutzke-Felippelli and Brazilian Diogo Felippelli first met on the dance floor at a club in Rio de Janeiro before they opened their design studio Joogii in Los Angeles. Today, French house music is still one of their key inspirations, especially for their dynamic new chair. Jeanne-Marie Cilento asked them 10 Questions about their life and work.

The Art of Glass at Verreum: Designers Sacha Walckhoff and Arik Levy
Shimmering amid flowers, berries and leaves, Verreum’s glass collection by the world’s top designers includes the clever Reverso by Sacha Walckhoff and Arik Levy’s curvaceous Drops vases reports Jeanne-Marie Cilento. Photographs by Mariangela Curci & Paul McDonnell.

American Jewellery Designer Andy Lifschutz in Rome
American jeweller Andy Lifschutz has a studio in New York’s hip Bushwick neighbourhood but has recently opened a gallery and studio in the heart of Rome. An artist in metal and stone, the designer's richly-textured pieces are hand-crafted and full of whimsical metaphor and poetry. Jeanne-Marie Cilento talks to the tall, laconic Portland native at his 16th Century bottega in Via Arco Di Palma. Portraits by Paul James McDonnell.

Christian Lacroix's Creative Director Sacha Walckhoff
Christian Lacroix’s exuberant Creative Director, Sacha Walckhoff, talks to Jeanne-Marie Cilento about his life in Paris, his new work and designs for Dutch powerhouse Moooi. Portrait by Mariangela Curci.

Brodie Neill: Designer & Made in Ratio Creative Director
Australian designer Brodie Neill talks to Jeanne-Marie Cilento about his stellar international career.

Based in London, he discusses his new work and inspiration ~ including the influence of listening to Swedish House music on his creative oeuvre in our DAM TV interview.

Award-winning Art Director Gaetano Castelli in Rome
One of Italy’s great designers, artist Professor Gaetano Castelli was Director General of Rome's Academy of Fine Arts and works on Italy’s top television programs including the latest show by Oscar-winning Roberto Benigni & 18 Sanremo Music Festival extravaganzas plus winning the Rose D’Argento and two Rose d’Oro awards at the Montreux International Television Festival. Today, he is the creative director of the spectacular, multi-million dollar stage shows at Paris’ Moulin Rouge. Jeanne-Marie Cilento talks to the gallant and enthusiastic designer at his studio in Rome.

Contact: Otherworldly New Exhibition by Olafur Eliasson In Paris
An affirmation of humanity, peace and beauty in Paris, the new show of Icelandic-Dutch artist Olafur Eliasson transports us into the sublime world of outer space. Called the alchemist of the art world, Eliasson gives viewers an experiential rush, report Jeanne-Marie Cilento.

Designer Marcel Wanders: New Works at Milan Design Week
Among the world’s top designers who gathered at this year’s Milan Design Week, Dutch superstar Marcel Wanders’ work was the most ubiquitous with new pieces at Moooi, Baccarat, Magis, Barovier&Toso and Very Wood, Jeanne-Marie Cilento writes.

New Architecture: Japan's Silver Mountain and Red Cliff Tower
Japanese architect Kunihide Oshinomi has designed a glimmering, anthropomorphic building like a futuristic sea anenome at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Kawasaki prefecture, Ambrosio De Lauro reports with Jeanne-Marie Cilento. Photographs by Atsushi Nakamichi.

Prologue by Fredrikson Stallard
Design Miami/Basel opened this week in Switzerland, bringing together designers, curators, critics and collectors from around the world. This year, avant-guarde British designers Fredrikson Stallard have created a colossal installation glimmering with luminous, golden crystals, Jeanne-Marie Cilento writes. Photographs by James Harris.

Architecture: Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe's Villa Tugendhat
One of the icons of early twentieth century Modernism, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Villa Tugendhat has been restored to it's austere 1929 splendour after a two-year renovation. Filled with many of the architect's influential furniture designs still produced today, the house looks serenely across to the historic centre of Brno in the Czech Republic, write Andreas Romagnoli & Jeanne-Marie Cilento. Photographs by Andreas Romagnoli.

Dutch Design: Marcel Wanders' Andaz Amsterdam Hotel
The rockstar of Dutch design Marcel Wanders created a spectacular Alice in Wonderland interior for a new hotel he opened this year in his home town of Amsterdam, writes Jeanne-Marie Cilento.

Design Interview: Ferruccio Laviani talks about the Tuareg Lamp
Launched this year at Milan's international furniture fair, the new Tuareg lamp was designed by Ferruccio Laviani for Italian lighting company Foscarini, reports Jeanne-Marie Cilento.




Nendo Exhibition: Glassworks at Dilmos Gallery in Milan
Milanese design gallery Dilmos held an exhibition of glass by award-winning Japanese studio Nendo during the Salone del Mobile, Jeanne-Marie Cilento writes. Additional reporting by Nicolas James. Photographs by Solange Souza, Joakim Blockstrom & Ambrosio De Lauro.

Studio Job Show at Milan's Museum of Science and Technology
One of the most surreal exhibitions at this year’s Milan Design Week was the My Nose, My Stekkerdoos show created by Belgian designers Studio Job, writes Jeanne-Marie Cilento. Additional reporting by Nicolas James. Photographs by Roos Aldershoff.

Designer Brodie Neill's Hand-Made Limited Edition Reverb Chairs
Australian designer Brodie Neill's sculptural Reverb chair is made as a limited edition piece for the Patrick Brillet Gallery in London, writes Jeanne-Marie Cilento.

Design Talk: Commissioning Design to Stimulate Creative Excellence
The Design Museum in London held a special talk about the tradition of commissioning design to stimulate creative excellence, technical innovation and the realization of artistic, non-commercial ideas, reports Jeanne-Marie Cilento.



Metamorphosis: Exhibition of Moroso Design Collections
Italian design house Moroso is celebrating 60 years of avant-garde furniture design at an exciting new exhibition, reports Ruth Borgobello from Northern Italy.

Naples University Metro by Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid's University metro stop in Naples has polarised opinion between those who love it's colour and fun and those who question the designer's use of his signature motifs and the station's graphic rather than architectural quality.
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