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Milan 2013: ‘50s-‘60s – Mad Milan

This year’s Milan Design Week presented two contrasting but clear, well-defined themes. One of these themes was the big ‘50s-‘60s Retro design revival. It looks like we have all been totally “Mad-Men’d” at just the right time. Many IPs of the past industrial era have just expired, losing their legal protection. Lots of companies are rushing down into their basements to recover their precious icons from the archives. I remember Stefano Marzano, former VP Philips Design, saying, “the home of the future will look more like the home of the past than the home of the present” (in the book La Casa Prossima Futura, Philips 1999). Amazing how relevant these words are today!

Above: 2 x Artek

Above: Vitra

Above: Tom Dixon

Above: Artifort

Above: Indrea

Above: Bjork Swedish Brasserie

Above: Cassina

Above: Vovo by  Angelica Eriksson

Above: 4 x Moooi | background photography Erwin Olaf

Above: XL folding chair (Element / Intera) |  designed by Numen/ForUse for the Design Hotel Lone interior (Maistra, Rovinj – Croatia)

Above: the RM58 armchair, designed by Roman Modzelewski in 1958. Made possible in 2012 by the VZÓR company – using new technologies and materials.

Above:  “The home of the future will look more like the home of the past than the home of the present”, Stefano Marzano, former VP Philips Design| in the book La Casa Prossima Futura, Philips 1999

 

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