1. INTEGRATION OF MULTIPLE FUNCTIONALITY: Though it is not new to add more than one function in a product, this time I could find a wave of this concept throughout the exhibition. It is not easy to create products or designs with multiple functions in one unit. This challenge has probably tickled the minds of designers to try new ideas. I have spotted chairs with excellent acoustic barriers (Artikepo), a shower spotted that’s also a lamp (Fima Carlo Frattini), a bath that’s also a gym (Scavolini), a cabinet that’s also a speaker (Paulo Cappello) and so on...
2. WHY WASTE ANY WASTE: As awareness is growing, designers are searching for waste materials to use for designing meaningful things. Trashplast is plastic made from 100% waste. It is created by interlocking pieces of woodworking waste materials.
3. A MORE TECH-DRENCHED WORLD FOR SO-CALLED ‘BETTER EXPERIENCE’: Milan Design Week saw Google’s debut installation, ‘Softwear,’ an installation that showcased real-life connection with tech. Panasonic showcased ‘Air Inventions’ a huge ‘water-drop pavilion’ that showed their latest air-conditioning technology, allowing visitors to experience the cleanest, purest air in Milan. Miele introduced the world first: the Miele Dialog oven and its innovative M Chef technology
4. DESIGN AIDING FITNESS, WELLNESS AND GOOD LIVING: After wellness, which is continuing to rule the design domain, fitness has taken designers by storm. Last year I wrote about ‘Furniture that aids fitness’ and this year I saw Kengo Kuma’s giant spiralling air-purifying sculpture in the SuperStudio with the ability to absorb the emissions of 90,000 cars per year. It is called ‘breath/ng,’ 6 meters tall and has 120 hand-folded panels. This is the kind of design we need, and I deeply respect Kengo’s work. Similarly, young designers were seen showcasing products that aid fitness at work.
Now come to this September-October 2018 issue of FDT- Furniture Design and Technology, which has featured MARKET REPORTS such as Hyderabad furniture market after opening of IKEA maiden showroom; Smile brings on the face of Jodhpur-Jaipur furniture exporters due to strong dollar; analysis on Adhesive Market and many more. Interaction with Mr Geoffrey Nagpal, MD, Ebco Pvt Ltd is worth read for entire furniture and fitting sector. Along with several reports on Wood Working Machineries, Materials and special coverage on new Furniture Design Trends picked from Milan Design Show 2018 are interesting read!
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