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Milano 2012: Old is new

It looks as if modernism has definitely made its comeback  in our daily design. It re-introduces some sense of familiar retro look with very minimalistic approach to detail. Clean lines and perfect woodwork.


Pilot stool, design by Patrick Rampelotto

This stool is the first project of Patrick Rampelotto in collaboration with the Austrian mechanical engineering company Hammerschmid MB using their new material 3Dpolypropylene. Their newly developed technique makes the production of small quantities economically feasible. The design of the stool is based on traditional archetypes, their basic simplicity in form and function. The organically shaped 3Dpolpropylene seat is supported by tapered legs made of oiled European oak. The seat itself is generously proportioned for comfort, its material tactile and contemporary. The ends of the legs are threaded and screwed into the seat, a connection that is both simple and sophisticated given the two very different materials of the joint. Project partner: Fritz Pernkopf, Produced by Quinze&Milan

Stella Sideboard by Ceccotti

Light wooden furniture for the modern home interior. The rounded corners, finishing and details remind me of the cabinet in my my grandmother’s living room. The only difference is the colour and the supporting construction.


Times collection by Fredrik Wærnes

Times is a collection of tableware, consisting of coffee pots, cups, milk carafes and sugar shakers. The shape of the objects are inspired by traditional equipment for outdoor brewing of coffee and with a simple design symbolises the cultural separation of times between now and then.



Dandy by Metalmobil, design by Studio Progettisti Associati

This is a very simple sofa with a minimalistic design. I think of Gertrude Stein, and say after her  “A sofa is a sofa is a sofa”.

Crossdock, design by Dick van Hoff

Recharge your iPad in an elegant media rack that unites the old and the new. The dock’s form and walnut wood detailing references the traditional Dutch type of magazine rack. The white aluminum base is firmly rooted in the present. Designer Dick Van Hoff’s sly message here is that ‘antique’ forms of communication like newspapers and magazines can peacefully co-exist with the iPad, the portable, personal news kiosk of the modern era.


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