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This edition of The ColorVoyant Watch highlights key design concept trends at Milan and New York in 2013. These concepts are: Origami, Wave, Food, Blur, After Image, String Art, Outlining and Dimension.
Design Concepts Watch
Milan Design Week is the largest and most comprehensive arena showcasing major design directions and process concepts each year. The hybrid of human and machine/technology continued to provide a fertile discussion, both visually and verbally. New geometries added dimension to familiar surfaces, floors, and textiles. The process concept displayed from machine design to prototype to end product, with 3D printing becoming more pervasive than seen in recent years. (Some results of this can also be seen in my former blog post in June.)
ICFF 2013 – International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City – is a wonderful gauge of Euro Design in the US, should you not had the opportunity to see Milan and other Euro shows for trend direction. www.icff.com
WantedDesign in New York City, teamed with NYCxDESIGN, is an inaugural citywide event to showcase and promote all design disciplines. www.wanteddesignnyc.com, nycxdesign.com
At Salone Satellite in Milan, the Chilean Design is Moving selection shows origami lighting. www.archilovers.com/s2926/movement-exploration-and-use-of-natural-resources-chilean-design-is-moving
Studio Avni specializes in textiles and metal materials to transform lighting into interpretive origami. Image from Ventura Lambrate Warehouse. www.studioavni.com
Seating that takes a new view on multifunction by Barberini Gunnell, also in Milan. www.barberini-gunnell.com
Wave-length bench by Kirei from Brooklyn at WantedDesign in New York. www.kireiusa.com
Haze Series by Wonmin Park at Spazio Rosanna Orlandi, Milan. Translucency and the shadow play of color offer special effects in resin. http://wonminpark.com
Blur and string art inspired seating from Dirk Van Der Kooij at ICFF 2013 in New York. http://inhabitat.com/dirk-van-der-kooij-creates-his-modern-endless-chairs-from-recycled-refrigerators
Design Soil’s Catena string art in Milan. Lines converge with supple drape and fluidity. www.designsoil.jp/en/archives/category/works
Outlined directions by Iacoli & McAllister at IFCC 2013 in New York. http://iacolimcallister.com
Offecct expands to textural wall dimensions. Tactility and relief are important trends in surface design. Image from iSaloni in Milan. www.offecct.se/en/products/acoustic-panels
Cappellini makes a great impression with scrolled design direction, image from Milan. www.cappellini.it/portal/page/portal/new/webpages/cappellini/home?lang=en
Marble takes on a new dimension in Zaha Hadid Architects’ collaboration with Citco. Marble and stone sculptures playing with neutral tones and three-dimensional and chiaroscuro effects. The idea is to apply energy to geology, developing a geometric set of repetition in growth and erosion cycles. Pictured here is Thorn, a sculpture hand-carved in a marble slab. www.zaha-hadid.com/design/citco
Stay tuned to more picks from design shows in Milan and New York. Next time I will focus on trends in materials, textures and color.