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Milan 2009

Dutch designers were out in force at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair. Check out our previews, read our reviews and watch the videos from this year's events.


Design.nl Milan video 2009

Design.nl Milan video 2009

If you didn't make it to Milan this year, not to worry: Design.nl has made a special video featuring Dutch highlights of the week. Watch it here!

Craft Punk Rocked

Craft Punk Rocked

Clearly THE highlight of the whole Milan design week, Craft Punk was a dynamic, inspiring celebration into the processes of design featuring a who's who of today's emerging designers, including three from or based in...

The Gospel of Studio Job

The Gospel of Studio Job

Exhibited in a serene cloister in Milan's Brera district, 'The Gospel' is the latest offering from Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, this time based on the drama of religious imagery.

Five minutes in Milan - Jurgen Bey

Five minutes in Milan - Jurgen Bey

Jurgen Bey takes us through a speedy summary of his Slow Car, exhibited as part of Prooff at Superstudio in Zona Tortona.

SKITSCH goes Dutch

SKITSCH goes Dutch

Six Dutch design studios created products for the launch and debut collection of new Italian design label Skitsch.

Objectified

Objectified

Situated in Zona Tortona, Sander Mulder presented new pieces examining industrial archetypes and processes alongside photography from Diewke van den Heuvel.

Fundamentals of Makkum 2009

Fundamentals of Makkum 2009

In contrast with last year's extravagant tulip pyramids, Royal Tichelaar Makkum went back to basics this year in Milan launching a pottery's service by Atelier NL and tile-clad stoves by Dick van Hoff.

LED lamp steals the show at Moooi

LED lamp steals the show at Moooi

Moooi presented new products from designers including a vase and table from Front, new paper furniture from Studio Job and our favourite, lights from Raimond Puts, a Dutch mathematics professor.

Pieke Bergmans Handles With Care

Pieke Bergmans Handles With Care

Alongside special editions of 'Light Blubs' which infected vintage metal office furniture, Pieke Bergmans showed a new series of 'Crate Cabinets' inspired by wooden transportation crates.

Christien Meindertsma's dream project

Christien Meindertsma's dream project

Based around the tradition of rope-making, 'the flax project' designed by Christien Meindertsma in collaboration with Thomas Eyck was a breath of fresh air in a Milanese-ocean of over-design. 

Five minutes in Milan - Piet Hein Eek

Five minutes in Milan - Piet Hein Eek

We caught up with Piet Hein Eek at Spazio Rossana Orlandi where he showed his new pieces including a ping pong table and lamps made of vintage tie fabrics found in the attic of the gallery.

Tuttobene Milan 2009

Tuttobene Milan 2009

Sharing their exhibition space with a car-park garage, Tuttobene presents 18 Dutch designers in Zona Tortona Milan.

Design Why? Discussion platform Milan

Design Why? Discussion platform Milan

If you can't make it to Milan, you can still check out some events live online. The four-day discussion platform Design Why? has created a blog to broadcast the action and debate as it happens. 

Five minutes in Milan - Richard Hutten

Five minutes in Milan - Richard Hutten

We bumped into Richard Hutten at the Prophets & Penitents exhibition organised by DAMn magazine, where we spoke about chairs and his allergy to design. 

Digital Memories

Digital Memories

In Milan, Tord Boontje unveiled his new nature-inspired mosaic patterns and furniture pieces for Bisazza Home.

Same same but different

Same same but different

Maarten Baas played with the idea of passing time and standard uniqueness for his presentations in Milan.

Piet Hein Eek

Piet Hein Eek

Spazio Rossana Orlandi will be the location of the launch of Piet Hein Eek's new collection.

Prooff - Studio Makkink & Bey

Prooff - Studio Makkink & Bey

Debuting on the international design circuit, PROOFF will exhibit their popular pieces designed by Studio Makkink & Bey at Superstudio.

Maarten Baas - Established and Sons

Maarten Baas - Established and Sons

After the very memorable Chankley Bore pieces for Established and Sons, Maarten Baas has created new Standard Unique pieces for the glamorous UK design label which will be launched in Milan this year.

Droog in Milan 2009

Droog in Milan 2009

Always a highlight of the Milan Fuori Salone events, Droog will present new designs including a development of ‘House of furniture parts’ by Studio Makkink & Bey, recently seen in New York.

Erik Griffioen - Designersblock and Troom

Erik Griffioen - Designersblock and Troom

Young designer Erik Griffioen will be flying the solo Dutch flag at the popular group exhibition Designersblock and at Troom showroom.

Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam

Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam

The Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam will be exhibiting as part of the 'That's Design' exhibition organised by Domus Academy and the Politecnico di Milano.

Royal Mosa

Royal Mosa

Royal Mosa will be launching new products at their presentation in Zona Tortona.

Dutch Invertuals

Dutch Invertuals

A group of recent Design Academy graduates have banded together to form the group exhibition Dutch Invertuals which will present design in an exploratory way.

Nacho Carbonell - Rarities

Nacho Carbonell - Rarities

Causing quite a stir on the international design scene since his graduation from the Design Academy in 2007, Nacho Carbonell will be showing a selection of special works at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

Zuiver

Zuiver

Catch the young Dutch design label Zuiver in Zona Tortona as they launch seven new designs and exhibit their existing collection. 

Pieke Bergmans

Pieke Bergmans

Fast becoming a household-design name, Pieke Bergmans will be exhibiting new products in Zona Tortona again. 

Moooi: The Unexpected Welcome

Moooi: The Unexpected Welcome

Not giving away any surprises at this stage, Moooi will be back again in Superstudio Piu to exhibit new works.

Don't recycle: Repair!

Don't recycle: Repair!

The Premsela Design Forum on Repairing held in Milan during the design week promises to be a lively discussion about the value of repairing things in a throwaway society.

Brand van Egmond

Brand van Egmond

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, lighting label Brand van Egmond are back in Milan at Superstudio Più in Zona Tortona and Euroluce to unveil new designs.

Design Academy - Dutchness

Design Academy - Dutchness

Under the umbrella 'Dutchness', Design Academy teams up with ArtEz, Premsela, Thomas Eyck/Christien Meindertsma and Scholten & Baijings to explore the idea of the Dutch mentality. 

20134 Milano

20134 Milano

With some familiar faces from 2008 and some new names, 20134 Milano is back with a fresh group exhibition. 

Studio JSPR - The Gallery

Studio JSPR - The Gallery

Well-known for their ‘Plastic Fantastic’ collection, JSPR have created new products and furniture revolving around a sophistication in the use of innovative materials and a unique aesthetic of form.

BCXSY - CHANGE!

BCXSY - CHANGE!

The young designer duo BCXSY experiments with using rubber-coated foam to create a playful new collection that takes the visitor by surprise.

BCXSY Ready For Milan

BCXSY Ready For Milan

CHANGE! by BCXSY looks set to wow Milan.  A collection of furniture and accessories built from rubber-coated foam.  Aesthetic and delicate, but durable and strong.

From Miami to Milan with Punk From Fendi

From Miami to Milan with Punk From Fendi

Spazio FENDI morphs into a space for unruly intellectual inquiry and action-based design processes during the Salone in Milan. Tomáš Libertiny talks about his involvement.

Jewels & Joules from Brainport Eindhoven

Jewels & Joules from Brainport Eindhoven

Tree branches made of coloured glucose, and asparagus adorned with gold leaf form part of this delicious exhibition curated to showcase the best of Holland's Brainport region. Locally designed and produced this is a...

'FUNDAMENTALS OF MAKKUM' by Royal Tichelaar

'FUNDAMENTALS OF MAKKUM' by Royal Tichelaar

Royal Tichelaar Makkum is persistently on the prowl for novel applications of ceramics. This year they go back to basics with a focus on tradition and the inherent beauty of local products.

Arco: Meet & Greet

Arco: Meet & Greet

You can find Dutch designers on the Arco stand at the Milan Fairgrounds on 22 April during their 'Meet & Greet' drinks evenings.

Palau 2009 collection

Palau 2009 collection

Three new products from designers including Michiel van der Kley and Edward van Vliet will be launched this year at Palau's presentation in Zona Tortona.

SKITSCH label & collection launch

SKITSCH label & collection launch

Set to make quite an impact, the new international design label SKITSCH will be launched in Milan offering products laden with stories and emotion.

Sander Mulder - Objectified

Sander Mulder - Objectified

Entitled 'Objectified' the exhibition of Sander Mulder promises to be a real eye-catcher.

'Conversation Pieces for the Interior' - Scholten & Baijings

'Conversation Pieces for the Interior' - Scholten & Baijings

The characteristic combination of contemporary design and master craftmanship returns in the new collection from Scholten & Baijings called 'Conversation Pieces for the Interior'.

Edward van Vliet - various events

Edward van Vliet - various events

Fourteen years since first presenting in Milan, Edward van Vliet will exhibit new and existing work with a series of different design labels.

Salone, Euroluce and SaloneSatellite

Salone, Euroluce and SaloneSatellite

Here's our list of Dutch exhibitors at the Salone in the Milan Fairgrounds. Our tip for surviving the Salone: always remember to wear flat shoes.

Thomas Eyck presents 'the flax project' by Christien Meindertsma

Thomas Eyck presents 'the flax project' by Christien Meindertsma

The traditional material flax gets a modern makeover courtesy of Christien Meindertsma and Thomas Eyck.

ArtEZ Institute of the Arts presents Fashion and Design

ArtEZ Institute of the Arts presents Fashion and Design

Fashion and product design students from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts will present works based on diverse themes including cultural heritage, architecture and De Stijl.

“Real Time”, clock-movies by Maarten Baas

“Real Time”, clock-movies by Maarten Baas

For the “Real Time” show, Maarten Baas becomes a film director during Milan Design Week 2009 and shows new 'time counting' prototypes.

“Craft Punk” Design performances

“Craft Punk” Design performances

In a true collaboration between the worlds of design and fashion, invited designers will demonstrate live the creative process on site by reinventing the way a process or material is typically employed.

SMOOL by Robert Bronwasser

SMOOL by Robert Bronwasser

SMOOL presents new products designed by Robert Bronwasser for Royal Goedewaagen, a Dutch manufacturer of ceramic products since 1610. Bronwasser is art-director and designer for this company since 2008.

Talent from Designhuis

Talent from Designhuis

The best of new European design graduates as seen through the eyes of Li Edelkoort join forces for an inspiring exhibition. The work exhibited celebrates recent developments in design education.

Design Why? Discussion platform

Design Why? Discussion platform

Design Why? offers a four-day debate and discussion platform about design in a chaotic world.

The Gospel by Studio Job

The Gospel by Studio Job

The Gospel exhibition will be presented in a splendid cloister in the centre of Milan, as part of the Salone del Mobile 2009 exhibition. The Zuiderzee Museum regards the collaboration between the artist, ING, the...

Tuttobene

Tuttobene

Always with a strong focus on sustainable design, Tuttobene is back again with a group of 23 emerging designers and a special installation at the Rabobank Milan.

Red Light Design Event

Red Light Design Event

Red Light Design Event intimately explores the relationship between sensuality and design and how objects are experienced in the private and public realm.

Richard Hutten - Various events

Richard Hutten - Various events

Catch new products from Richard Hutten at various locations scattered throughout the city.

Big Chief meets Furni in SpareSpace

Big Chief meets Furni in SpareSpace

A trio of international designers BigChief Design, Jack Brandsma and Furni will stage a multidisciplinary design exhibition exploring the relationship between the 2D and 3D, graphic design and illustration.

Goods presents 'Face Value'

Goods presents 'Face Value'

Using the starting point of the theme 'Face Value, Goods presents new designs and a special publication in Milan.

BCXSY - Swing Lamp

BCXSY - Swing Lamp

Swing by all the different locations around Milan to catch BCXSY's Swing Lamp.

Frederik Roijé presents SQUARES

Frederik Roijé presents SQUARES

'Squares' is the title of the new collection from Frederik Roijé.

Prophets & Penitents: Confessions of a Chair

Prophets & Penitents: Confessions of a Chair

Forgive me father...Prophets & Penitents: Confessions of a Chair explores the almost religious devotion that designers have to the humble chair.

The Premsela Design Forum on Repairing

The Premsela Design Forum on Repairing

Repairing is environmentally friendly, but it also changes the relationship between object and user from superficial to enduring and unique. To repair is to restore and renew. A symposium of top speakers get...

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