Picks from Design Shows in Europe and the US, part II

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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.

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Design Concepts Watch

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Rift by Zaha Hadid for Citco. Press image from Citco.

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

Origami

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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

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Fashion accessories take a new twist at Ventura Lambrate Warehouse in Milan.

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Studio Avni specializes in textiles and metal materials to transform lighting into interpretive origami. Image from Ventura Lambrate Warehouse. www.studioavni.com

Wave

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Wave of inspiration seating: Rentola by Ryoma Eri of Japan on display in Milan.

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Seating that takes a new view on multifunction by Barberini Gunnell, also in Milan. www.barberini-gunnell.com

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Wave-length bench by Kirei from Brooklyn at WantedDesign in New York. www.kireiusa.com

Food

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At Foodscapes, at Ventura Lambrate, Milan, peanut shells dough that becomes ”a stucco” with chicken wire reinforcement…

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…while diamond-shaped cookie dough becomes a patchwork covering.

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New block printing techniques inspired by rolling pin designs, also in Milan.

Blur

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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

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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

After Image

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After images are inspired by memories as we live our lives. Memories are the after images that time leaves behind. Images from Milan. www.bomipark.com, www.parkbomi.com

String Art

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Image source: Catena

Design Soil’s Catena string art in Milan. Lines converge with supple drape and fluidity. www.designsoil.jp/en/archives/category/works

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String art defines pattern at Ventura Lambrate Warehouse in Milan.

Outlining

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Outlined directions by Iacoli & McAllister at IFCC 2013 in New York. http://iacolimcallister.com

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Furniture outlines define the space at Ventura Lambrate in Milan.

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Neon orange framework from L’Orangerie of Miami at WantedDesign in New York.

Dimension

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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

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Cappellini makes a great impression with scrolled design direction, image from Milan. www.cappellini.it/portal/page/portal/new/webpages/cappellini/home?lang=en

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Press image from Citco

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

Final words

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.

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