Describing his work as "minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of unexpected vitality”, designer Michael Anastassiades develops furniture and lighting that strikes a balance between art and the practicalities of life.
From his studio in London, Michael Anastassiades explores participation and interaction in his work, each design reduced down to its essential elements but holding a certain mystery and surprise. In the case of the Jack shelving system, it is both a room divider and a shelving system in one with the secret to its shelving mechanism hidden from view. The idea sprang from Anastassiades’ interest in developing a storage system that could be supported between the ceiling and the floor, allowing for flexibility within an interior and concealing all internal fixings that support each shelf.
Precisely detailed, key to Jack was finding a way to stack the system’s round tubes with an invisible support and no visible fixings. Working closely with the technical team inside B&B Italia’s R&D department, the collaboration between the designer and B&B Italia brings the magic of the design idea to life.
Formafantasma is the studio of Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin who met while studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Their work explores craft and industry, and often involves new ways of engaging their audience through furniture, objects, lighting and exhibitions. They recently began a collaboration with Brooklyn-based lighting studio Roll & Hill. more space caught up with the duo who share both work and life together.
Design studio Pierce Widera is interior designer Amy Pierce and architect Nat Widera, who met while working together at Chris Connell Design. Since opening their own office they have completed a diversity of projects, from a teeny tiny 35 square metre café, to a co-working space and a multi-level hospitality project. more space caught up with the talented duo to talk design, friendship and the influences that shape their practice.
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.
Designer and architect Piero Lissoni has studios in Milan and New York and has established a practice that weaves between the design of buildings, furniture, exhibitions, graphics and art direction. It is a studio that is grounded in the traditions of Italian design fluidity producing some of the most interesting installations and furniture collections at Milan Design Week.
London-based designer Donna Wilson makes all manner of knitted objects in her East London studio and dispatches them to the world. From cushions and creatures, to sweaters, scarves and ceramics, Donna Wilson’s designs are playful and funny and have developed a life of their own.
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.
Now that Milan Design Week has drawn to a close, the latest furniture and lighting releases join the Space collection. Leading brands including B&B Italia, Cassina, SP01 and Porro, by designers including Patricia Urquiola, Michael Anastassiades, Philippe Starck, Piero Lissoni and Marcel Wanders. Arriving into the Space showrooms in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia later this year, the exciting news is that many of these pieces can be pre-ordered now...
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!
Celebrating their 70th birthday at Milan Design Week, more space visited the Kartell exhibition “The Art Side of Kartell” that commemorated the brand’s seven decades of design with new pieces by Tokujin Yoshioka, Fabio Novembre and Philippe Starck, and the relaunch of the iconic 1969 Componibili now made in bioplastic, a new material that was all the buzz in Milan.