Event|10 Highlights from “Salone del Mobile” at Milan Design Week 2014

- Feature via HighSnobiety

Each year Salone del Mobile at Milan Design Week offers up the best that interior and industrial design has to offer. From major furniture brands to smaller independent designers and even famed architects, the level of products and installations on offer is second to none. Here we’ve curated some of the highlights of the week, from British industrial designer Tom Dixon’s “Club” furniture series to Marc Newson’s debut eyewear collection.


ONYX Sofa by Pierre Gimbergues for Peugeot Design Lab

Peugeot Design Lab presented the ONYX sofa by designer Pierre Gimbergues, which fused hyper-technological materials such as carbon-fiber, glass and aluminum with raw and natural materials like rock, wood and stone. The three-meter long sofa highlights this union of materials via a clearly defined cut and is available as a made-to-measure item where clients can choose materials to their liking.


Poetic Lab Ripple Lighting

Introduced last year from London-based studio Poetic Lab, the Ripple lighting collection was brought back this year in different sizes and is now in production with Austrian crystal brand J. & L. Lobmeyr. The two-part system works as a G4 halogen light shines from a smaller dome through to a larger rotating dome, causing the light to reflect and move on its surroundings in the same way that water ripples. Both parts are made from unevenly hand-blown glass domes that sit on brass bases.


Republic of Fritz Hansen Reintroduces Arne Jacobsen’s Drop Chair

Danish furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen is set to revive Arne Jacobsen‘s iconic 1958 Drop Chair. Originally produced alongside the Swan and Egg chairs, the chair was created by the Danish architect for the Radisson Scandinavian Airlines System Hotel in Copenhagen. This version updates the design, making it available in either textile or leather upholstery, or plastic with either chrome or powder-coated legs in an allover tonal colorway.


Formafantasma Still Water Purification Glassware

Developed with J. & L. Lobmeyr, Formafantasma has created the still water purification system which uses copper and charcoal to improve the taste of tap water. The charcoal is activated and begins removing impurities from the water, while copper filters complete the process. Delicate patterns of microscopic bacteria are engraved on the glassware, making for a very chic yet practical everyday water system.


Daniel Libeskind Ice Chandelier for Lasvit

American architect Daniel Libeskind teamed up with Czech brand Lasvit to produce the Ice chandelier inspired by crystal shards. Clear glass cells were blown into angular forms, giving the appearance of a cluster of icicles hanging from the ceiling. When light shines through the glass shafts, the edges are illuminated, while the reflective triangular plate on which the shafts are attached creates another dimension to the piece.


Marc Newson Debut Eyewear Collection

Industrial designer Marc Newson teamed up with Italian sunglass manufacturer Safilo on a debut capsule collection of optical and sunglass frames. Finding inspiration in Safilo’s 80-year-old archives, Newson unveiled five optical and two sun models, in both plastic and metal, and a range of light and dark metallic finishes. Part of the range will come in highly limited numbers, and arrive in calf leather cases in collaboration with Italian accessories brand Valextra. The collection launches next month at select retailers.


The Current Table by Marjan van Aubel

Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel has designed the Current Table which features a solar panel as its table top. By generating electricity via sunlight, it can then be used to recharge gadgets using a process similar to photosynthesis. The table features a clear orange glass top and two USB charging points, along with a light display that shows how much charge is left. Unlike traditional solar cells which require direct sunlight, these panels can recharge themselves from diffused sunlight found indoors, making it a practical and worthwhile application.


Tom Dixon Club Series

Industrial designer Tom Dixon unveiled a range of furniture inspired by London’s Gentleman’s clubs, titled the “Club” series. The result is a modern take on private club interiors, with floor and ceiling lights, tables, and chairs all part of the collection. Shiny gold, matte grey, and black features in the range, which evokes a hedonistic heyday of lounging.


Volt Table Lamp by Rodolfo Dordoni for FLOS

The Volt table lamp consists of coiled copper inside a central tube, which features distilled water as a cooling mechanism for the LED lights used in the lamp. This allows for the use of a much brighter light source, while the two lamps are inspired by classical Art Deco designs.


COS x Nendo Installation

Japanese studio Nendo teamed up with Swedish retailer COS on an installation marrying the brand’s crisp white button-up shirts with brushed steel frames in what resulted as an art installation of sorts. The shirts were hung from the ceiling at various levels with different size frames placed in front, visually cutting off the shirts with each inside portion dyed a different shade of grey that corresponded to the surrounding frame.


Music & Film|Chris Brown Previews “Dont Be Gone Too Long” Video Teaser

Chris Brown’s recent situations haven’t been the best but yet he manages to dance thru it all. With his newly releleased teaser  “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” collaboration with Ariana Grande, this tracks official video did not release back in March. To hold Team Breezy fans over until the record debuts, Brown releases a 3-minute video teaser. In the clip, Chris Brown shows off his slick moves in a one-take dance performance on a stage. Directed by Riventing Entertainment, it closes with a promo shot of Brown and Ariana Grande in arms of the medieval-themed music video.


Shoes|Nike SB Eric Koston SE “HACKY SACK”

•  With the fun and energetic hippy game known as “Hacky Sack” at mind, Nike releases a cool skateboard sneaker. The low top skate shoe features an all-over print with the iconic design.


“While on the streets of Tokyo, Nike SB designers came across a piece of fabric that reminded them of the woven footbags that were popular during the 1980s. Footbags and skateboarding might not seem like an obvious pairing, but skate shop employees would take to kicking them around when business was slow.”

Both sneakers from the Hacky Sack Pack will see a release on April 19.



Film|Watch New Trailer for David Fincher’s New Movie “Girl Gone”

• Director David Fincher releases a trailer for an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best- selling novel Gone Girl and stars Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary and evidence points to him as a prime suspect. Similar to the book, nothing appears as it seems (and supposedly Fincher has employed a new ending). The mysterious trailer uses Elvis Costello’s “She” as a musical backdrop and perfectly captures the mysterious nature of the book. Gone Girl opens on October 3 and also stars Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Patrick Fugit, Casey Wilson and Emily Ratajkowski.


Music|Watch Official Music Video To Atmosphere’s Track “Kanye West”

• After having premiered the single last week, independent rap duo Atmosphere have released the official music video for “Kanye West” from their upcoming Southsiders album. An interpretation of the song’s chorus, the new video was directed by Pete Lee and follows a rather odd couple as they embark on a Bonnie and Clyde-style robbing spree. Southsiders is now available for pre-order on iTunes and will be in stores on May 6.


Sneakers|Nike Air Foamposite Pro Premium “Yeezy”

• Safe to say that Kanye’s creation’s ‘Yeezy 2′s’ is steadily influencing designes by other styles. The latest Nike Air Foamposite Pro Premium features two familiar graphic patterns, with a carbon-fiber inspired print on the Foamposite portion of the upper and a snakeskin print on the eyestay. Laser Crimson detailing offers a pop of contrast along the upper while a glow-in-the-dark outsole completes the Yeezy-inspired colorway. The much-anticipated Air Foamposite Pro Premium “Yeezy” will be available at Nike beginning April 19 for $250 USD.


Fashion|Ben Sherman & Matthew Miller Collection 2014


The collaboration of two British labels, show great effort and design from designer Matthew Miller and Ben Sherman. Spring/Summer 2014 centres around the idea of a ‘disaffected generation’ “that forms an identity through rebellion and the pressure to conform.” The designers do a nice touch up on the Sherman house check, enlarged across a fantastic lightweight jacket, faded along a white v-stitch tee and applied in block form to a crisp white pocket shirt. Alongside you’ll find a simple white t-shirt and shirt featuring the ‘DGF’ (Disaffected Generation Forever) chest badge. Find the collection online from April 22.

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Sneakers|Jordan Brand & Russell Westbrook Teaser for Upcoming Release

• Jordan Brand is known for taking highlighted athletes and turning them into a brand of their own. The most recent addition to this marketing styling is Oklahoma City Point Gaurd Russell Westbrook. Together they released the new 30 second teaser intitled “Tailored for Flight”, which shows a tailor designing when Westbrook enters and announces the expected showtime. “Lets save these for the Playoffs” say Westbrook as he approves the newly designed kicks. Russell has been a spokesperson in the league for Fashion so we are expecting a unique design and creative color scheme. Of course GoodGarbs will be keeping you updated.


BlackCoffee| Do Relationships Need Hall Passes?


Hey World!!!! Beezy Is Back with another #BZTOPIC, this time around I would like to see how secure you are. Question of the day is: Do Relationships Need Hall Passes? Now when i say this i refer back to the movie ‘Hall Pass’ released in 2011 starring Owen Wilson, Jenna Fisher, Jason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate. In this movie the ladies gave their sexually obessive husbands “hall passes” which allowed them to do what they wanted for a week long. The story has plot twist and turns and is over all hilarious, but this made me wounder if this is an idea that would save some marriages. Could this be a tool used to keep the sex life interesting or would it be an instant failure. So what Do You Think!? Could you handle knowing your significant other was out enjoying someone else? What would the rules be? Would you want to know what happened?

Of Course You Have To Click on The BlackCoffee Page To Read My Opinion and Also Tune Into Social Riot BlogTalk Radio Show Tomorrow for more Touchy #BZTopics.

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Music|Watch Childish Gambino’s New Video “SweatPants”

•  Childish Gambino, The actor, writer, comedian and hip-hop artist released the music video for his track “Sweatpants.” It’s the second (unofficial) single off his sophomore album Because the Internet and it features a cameo from fellow rapper Problem. The video plays out like a mini Groundhog Day, in which Childish Gambino becomes acquainted with more and more of versions of himself in one surreal, ongoing tracking shot.

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