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UTILITARIAN AT THE FAIR
With the recession a ecting just about anything you can
name, it comes as no major surprise that furniture design
has also decided that less-is-more.
Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2009, better known as
the Milan Furniture Fair, has exhibited a style more subdued
This annual design showcase which has been setting
trends since the early 60s has grown from a vehicle for
Northern Italian furniture designers to a global showcase of
the best and brightest.
Many designers have showcased minimalist designs;
toning down the fuss and frills to reflect the ever-present
credit crunch that lingers in the minds of most consumers.
Of course, minimalist doesn't mean disposable -- quite
the opposite, with the design community wanting to create
technically brilliant classic pieces that will stand the test of
time, rather than frivolous throwaways.
Swedish design veterans Vitra have created what
they claims is their most technically complex chair yet, a
moulded plastic piece by the name of Vegetal, designed by
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Most designers are touting "raw rationalism", with pieces
like the 10-unit system of furniture by Japan's Shigeru Ban
for design house Artek of Finland. The L-shaped modules
are made from a recycled composite material, and can be
combined in di erent ways.
The recession hasn't stopped everybody, with a $166,000
EU Baccarat glass lamp on show by Phillipe Starck for Flos
reminding us that rational can't rule everyone.
The 10-unit system of furniture by Japan's Shigeru Ban
for design house Artek of Finland.
EASY BEING GREEN
If you've picked up a magazine or glanced at any
design media in the past year or two, this will be
no surprise -- but environmentally sensitive and
sustainable design remains to be one of the most
important considerations of the moment whether
you're building or renovating.
While words such as "eco" and "green" were
formerly quite un-sexy, conjuring up images of
beige and corrugated cardboard -- and as far
removed from high-end design as one could
imagine, all of this has changed.
Green is the new black, apparently, and chic
earth friendly products are available everywhere
from wall paint to the recycled bricks you've built
your house with. It's easy to see why being green is
on the tip of everyone's lips, says John Josephs of
Icon Architectural Group.
"The 'eco' ideology has shifted from being a
global issue that is to be tackled by government
and industry, to a social responsibility that can be
responded to on a residential or personal scale,"
"We are seeing more clients with energy
e ciency and environmental sensitivity as top
brief priorities," says John. "Our responses to these
trends vary from basic architectural ideas such
as solar orientation and materiality, to technical
responses such as grey water recycling systems and
complete solar arrays."
photography Michael Conroy, Silvertone Photography/Icon Architectural Group
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