The story of Mart can be traced back to the 1960s and a time of huge social change. For the founder of B&B Italia, Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, that meant looking for ideas in sometimes unexpected places. A chance encounter with a rubber duck manufacturer in the UK became the catalyst for a new way to make sofas, and continues to underpin the furniture group’s philosophy for innovation and collaboration.
Late last year B&B Italia announced the re-edition of 20 products designed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni, one of Italy’s most admired designers and architects whose love of the Baroque movement’s expressive forms and beautiful details quietly shaped apartment buildings, theatres and public spaces in Milan during the post-WWII period. The addition of this historic collection marks another step by B&B Italia to preserve Italy’s rich design heritage.
At Kartell, design projects are based on craftsmanship but always involve innovative industrial processes often pushed to the limits. The new Matrix collection by designer/artist Tokujin Yoshioka does just that by exploring the possibilities of Kartell’s sophisticated production technology to create a chair that is light and strong and highly decorative.
From a technology collaboration between Philippe Starck, Kartell and Autodesk, to installations and new products made of bioplastic, this year furniture collections were peppered with new thinking and manufacturing processes. While it was also another year of looking back through the design archives. With the help of the Space team, here more space reviews the highlights, design directions and best new releases from the world’s biggest design event of the year – Milan Design Week!
Design takes centre stage in a short film created by Italian furniture brand B&B Italia in collaboration with OffiCine and Elle Decor Italia. Inside a classic Milanese apartment, life unfolds around the Atoll sofa designed by Antonio Citterio. and an elegant set created by Studio Silenzi.
Along with Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Marcel Wanders has been recognised by Interior Design Magazine in New York for his achievements in design, joining the magazine’s 34th Hall of Fame.
This year the NGV’s Rigg Design Prize asked ten practices to delve behind the cultural, historical, material and technological aspects of society that inform and shape today’s ‘domestic living’. more space takes a look at the studios who responded to the challenge, and the ideas and design processes behind each interior.
From design projects for Christian Louboutin, Wedgwood and Mulberry, to his own signature brand, Lee Broom, this London-based designer's work is categorically diverse, with furniture, lighting and objects in crystal, brass and marble, linked by craftsmanship, heritage, and equal measures of beauty and theatre.
Spanish designer Eugeni Quitllet explores transparency and the play of light in a new series of lamps designed for Foscarini. A self-described dreamer, the designer's Satellite collection is ephemeral and weightless in appearance, and the subject of a short film that captures its beauty and simplicity within a series of evocative Venetian vignettes.
Edra's Boa sofa may have found a new home in the Hollywood Hills with Kendall Jenner, but its roots are grounded in the cultural history of Brazil and the traditions of craftsmanship reinterpreted by the Sao Paulo-based and internationally renowned, Estudio Campana.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's first collection for Cassina includes the Cotone armchair and the Baleno shelving system that express the Bouroullec's interest in process and making, perfectly balanced by Cassina's artisanal and industrial skills.
The documentary film 'B&B Italia. Poetry in the shape. When design meets industry' tells the story of the company’s extraordinary path between creativity, technology and innovation.
Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levian draw inspiration from the cultural richness of the world, working on design projects as diverse as the Do-Maru collection for B&B Italia, to transformative design for Finnish technology group Nokia.
Big, bold ideas, inventive materials and a collection penned by designers including Marc Sadler, Ferruccio Laviani, Nendo and Patricia Urquiola, Foscarini is a lighting group with a unique vision that bridges design, art and culture.
During the post-war era when experimentation in architecture and design was at a high, Panton was among the first in Denmark to bring new industrial materials and technologies into his studio, including plastic, synthetic textiles and foam, where he produced organic designs often saturated in colour.
Leading up to their 30th anniversary in 2017 Nani Marquina launches a film rich in process that explores the journey of one of the world’s most creative rug makers. Here more space looks back on the Spanish brand's history.
We visit Fernando and Humberto Campana and their thriving workshop and studio, home to the creators of the vast collection of furniture and objects found in museums and galleries around the world.
The Flying Gardeners is a captivating film shot above the city of Milan and through the eyes of three arborists who tend the aerial gardens of the Bosco Vertical designed by Boeri Studio.
Watch author and critic Alice Rawsthorn talk about the power of design thinking through history.
A laboratory for the quirky, the whimsical, and the creative, Fornasetti recently opened its studio doors to share its stories by releasing a series of 10 short films about their work.
A behind the scenes video of a photographic shoot for SP01 reveals the many creative talents responsible for bringing this design collection to life.
Dutch artist and designer Joep Van Lieshout has designed a new lamp for Moooi based on a conceptual artwork that imagined cities of the future.
View the second episode from Kartell Goes Sottsass - the cartoon world of Italian designer Ettore Sottsass.Episode two in the cartoon world of Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, by Italian illustrator Massimo Giacon who also illustrated the biography on the designer 'Ettore'.
B&B Italia celebrates their 50th birthday in 2016 and to start celebrations they have launched a short film.
Inspiration for design can come from surprising sources. This video from Foscarini reveals the unusual mix of influences behind their Spokes lighting collection.
Working with Italian lighting manufacturer Foscarini, designer Luca Nichetto reveals in this film how he was inspired by his Venetian heritage to create the Plass lamp.
In part 2 of an interview with Artichoke magazine, Moooi’s Casper Vissers discusses the importance of turbulance and the success of the partnership
Moooi CEO and co-founder Casper Vissers revealed the inner workings of the company he founded with Marcel Wanders in 2001.