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The Top Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2014

The Top Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2014
The Top Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2014, Benedetta Tagliabue for Passoni Nature: Sofa ‘BOTAN’
Benedetta Tagliabue for Passoni Nature: Sofa ‘BOTAN’

This week marked the 53rd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Hundreds of exhibitors showcased an endless display of the latest international design products and home-furnishings. Among them included a variety of designed items envisioned by some of our favorite architects. Continue after the break to preview some of the most talked about architect-designed products featured this week at the Milan Design Week 2014.

Benedetta Tagliabue for Passoni Nature: Sofa ‘BOTAN’

A comfortable wood and fabric seat whose components join like the petals of a flower, producing endlessly harmonious, balanced combinations, inspired by nature.

Benedetta Tagliabue for Passoni Nature: Sofa ‘BOTAN’
Benedetta Tagliabue for Passoni Nature: Sofa ‘BOTAN’

David Adjaye for Knoll: The Washington Skeleton and Skin 

David Adjaye's cantilevered chairs establish a play between propping and balancing, so that they are simultaneously functional and sculptural. Washington Skeleton is reduced to a fine geometric lattice while its inverted counterpoint, Skin, offers a colorful envelope to the same form.

David Adjaye for Knoll: The Washington Skeleton and Skin
David Adjaye for Knoll: The Washington Skeleton and Skin

Zaha Hadid for Citco: Tela

Tela is a shelving system characterized by an interesting dichotomy: the solidity of the black granite of which it is composed seemingly dissipates with the elongated cantilevers. At the centre of the configuration, its structural core, are the interweaved shelves which appear to open and unfold from a single surface to follow parallel trajectories. The design integrates the powerful dynamic forces inherent to cantilevered systems.

Zaha Hadid for Citco: Tela © Jacopo Spilimbergo
Zaha Hadid for Citco: Tela © Jacopo Spilimbergo

UNStudio for Artifort: Gemini

Gemini comprises two asymmetrically-designed seat elements and a small matching table to offer plenty of scope for variation.

UNStudio for Artifort: Gemini
UNStudio for Artifort: Gemini

Daniel Libeskind for Poliform: Web

Just like the Internet allows users to browse and use a collection of contents which are connected to each other by links, WEB - with its alternating blocks and voids - presents a brand new bookcase concept with a strong visual impact and devised for the most disparate uses.

Daniel Libeskind for Poliform: Web
Daniel Libeskind for Poliform: Web

Nendo for Emeco: The SU Collection 

Su, a traditional Japanese concept meaning minimal, served as the primary inspiration for this new collection of stools and tables made from reclaimed materials.

Nendo for Emeco: The SU Collection
Nendo for Emeco: The SU Collection

MVRDV for Sixinch: Vertical Village

The Vertical Village: a self-organized and initiated manner of city building inspired by richness of informality found in East Asian settlements prior to being overcome by economically-driven block towers. 

MVRDV for Sixinch: Vertical Village
MVRDV for Sixinch: Vertical Village

Charles & Ray Eames (1958) for Vitra: Aluminium Chair EA 101, EA 103, EA 104

Vitra has now launched models EA 101, 103 and 104 that belonged to the original 1958 product family and was first marketed as the Aluminium Dining Chairs, expanding the selection of chairs in the Aluminium Group with models that are smaller, lighter and brighter. 

Charles & Ray Eames (1958) for Vitra: Aluminium Chair EA 101, EA 103, EA 104 © Gili Merin
Charles & Ray Eames (1958) for Vitra: Aluminium Chair EA 101, EA 103, EA 104 © Gili Merin

Nendoprint-chair

A chair whose surface mixes two different patterns, created by printing woodgrain patterns onto wood with an already distinctive grain.

Nendo: print-chair
Nendo: print-chair

Daniel Libeskind for Lasvit: ICE

A bold, geometric chandelier that achieves a ‘one-of-a-kind’ luminosity through the delicate and fluid quality of hand-blown glass.

Daniel Libeskind for Lasvit: ICE
Daniel Libeskind for Lasvit: ICE

Compare this year's participation with the top architect-designed products of the Milan Design Week 2013.

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "The Top Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2014" 11 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/495629/best-architect-designed-products-of-milan-design-week-2014/>
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