4 of the best highlights from Milan’s Design Week 2015

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Milan Design Week celebrated its 54th expo with 2,106 exhibitors over a huge 201,700 square metres during 14 – 19 April 2015.

In addition to pop-up exhibitions and projects appearing all over the city, the main expo was composed of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, International Furnishings Accessories Exhibition and the SaloneSatellite. Here are 4 of the most notable highlights from the week…

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1. The Apple Watch by Apple

The most high-profile exhibition of the week belonged to that of the new Apple watch, due to launch in Apple stores next week. Plenty of versions were available for visitors to try and experience for the first time, including the Milanese loop­ which features a strap made of woven stainless steel mesh.

Image by themersch and used under a Creative Commons licence
Image by themersch and used under a Creative Commons licence

2. The Alchemy Lounge by Yves Béhar for SodaStream

Celebrating Béhar’s groundbreaking new appliance design, SodaStream installed a working bar inside the Teatro Versace which sported 360 degree service counters and a distinctly space-age feel. The appliance itself­– the SodaStream MIX– will be the first ever appliance that is able to carbonate any drink, including alcohol, and is set to transform the cocktail making industry as we know it. The digital capabilities of the device are also set to pave the way for the future of kitchen appliances; sporting a digital interface, app and Bluetooth, the appliance will be connected to a Cloud containing customisable recipes with the capability for the user to upload and share their own creations, according to Architectureau.

SodaStream MIX, designed by Yves Behar. Photo courtesy of Design Boom.
SodaStream MIX, designed by Yves Behar. Photo courtesy of Design Boom.

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3. Cheesy Fondue Stools by Satsuki Ohata

Inspired by both the epicurean and ergonomic nature of cheese fondue, Ohata exhibited one of the quirkier furniture pieces of the week. The stools were created by dipping highly absorbent sponges into yellow liquid PVC and drying with hot air which allowed for the sponges to be molded into their unique shapes by both gravity and the PVC until they froze into place, according to Design Boom.

Cheesy Fondue Stools - courtesy of Shouta Kikuchi
Cheesy Fondue Stools – courtesy of Shouta Kikuchi

4. Ettore Sottsass Collection for Kartell

Created for Italian company Kartell three years prior to his death in 2007, Sottsass’ designs for 6 vases, 2 stools and 1 lamp have only just now been realised and given life due to a lack of mass-producing technology at the time. Kartell’s exhibition of the pieces is a fitting tribute to their influential designer; all the pieces feature the bright colours, quirky structures and graphic patterns unique to the Postmodern Memphis Group, a movement founded by Sottsass in the 1980s.

Daisy Lamp by Ettore Sottsass. Photo courtesy of Dezeen.
Daisy Lamp by Ettore Sottsass. Photo courtesy of Dezeen.

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