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Milano Milano

I finally made it to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile on Saturday, and boy was I blown

away. I have been to Milan many times before, but this was my first time to the furniture

show. It felt like the whole city was my chocolate factory, I really didn’t know where to start.

Luckily my flatmate and I caught up with a friend of a friend at brunch, and he gave us

some quick pointers of where to begin.


It rained all day, I got very damp and cold sharing one umbrella, but I managed to see

some pretty cool stuff.


I absolutely loved this chair! It is by Georg Bechter, a German architect. It caught my

eye from a couple of booths away, it’s a visual feast don’t you think?



This table is by an Italian furniture designer Ivo Leemans. The legs are joint together to

support the table through the two holes. Yes ladies and gentleman, no glues used!



For me the beauty of this rocking chair is the craftsmanship. It’s by Laboratorio

Controprogetto. Wouldn’t it look amazing in an English cottage, by the fire place….on a

cold winter’s night…?


Even the famous via Monte Napoleone was adorned with beautiful lamp shades.



These are some more stuff that I liked, but sadly I can’t remember who their designers are.


I really like these, very weird and wonderful!



These adorable little stools looked too good to sit on, so I had to ask first (to avoid any embarrassments).


….….so she stood on it to prove it to me.


That hammock would probably be more comfortable with a couple of pillows thrown in.



I literally stopped when I saw this light, yes it’s even more beautiful in real life!



….and last but not least, one of the Fabrica Exhibitions. Certainly a unique take on ceramics.


This is my favorite, I love the combination of metal and ceramic.


That’s all folks!


Did anyone’s else go the exhibition? I would love to see some pics, especially as I only

went for a day.

Feel free to visit my blog for more design stuff.


The Australia Project


The Inaugural Australia Project Melbourne Exhibition

The Australia Project is a series of creative initiatives aimed at critically examining the national Australian identity.

Engaging prominent Australian creatives and the general public alike, the project provokes wide-spread debate regarding contemporary Australian culture.

Post-colonial, multi-cultural, historically conflicted & geographically isolated, The Australia Project re-examines clichéd cultural stereotypes, with the intention of revealing new perspectives from Australians today.

Premiering at the AGIdeas 2010 International Design Week,  the launch of The Inaugural Australia Project Exhibition occurs at the C3 Contemporary Art Space on Wednesday April 28 at 6:00pm.

Encompassing a selection of contemporary interpretations from Australia’s most talented creatives, the exhibition includes work from:

Michael Hall, Mimmo Cozzolino, The Glue Society, David Lancashire, 3 Deep Design, Kevin Finn and Ghostpatrol.

New and existing works from The Australia Project’s community based initiatives will also be on display, whilst co-curators Chris Edser, Scott Heinrich and Yianni Hill offer further insights as to the project’s progression, rationale and future direction.

Summit Of The Minds will be exhibiting their latest social campaign alongside current and ex-Fabricanti: Elliott Burford, Chris Edser, Christian Ghezzi, Scott Heinrich, Yianni Hill, Jesse Marlow and Kingston Trinder.

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Campus Party Europe

Tomorrow April 14th starts in Madrid this year’s edition of Campus Party in Europe. Around 800 guests from the 27 European Union nations were invited to come discuss, tinker, create and associate. The event will be held at Caja Mágica and can be followed at or, in a more personal level, on Twitter hash tags are #cpartyeu or #campuspartyeu. See you there.

Fabrica @ ARS Electronica

This is our last night here at ARS Electronica. This year has been particularly special because Linz is European capital of culture and the festival is celebrating its 30 year anniversary. It’s been wonderful exploring the events around the city, and the new ARS Center.
Over the next few days we’ll be sharing what we have seen.

Digital guests at the Creativity Festival

I read the news today.
It seems that this year we cannot miss the Creativity Festival starting
this month in Florence: the “Virtual Renaissance” will be taken to the real world.
What does it mean?
Basically, what was created in Second Life, the virtual/digital environment based
on an electronic simulation ruled by its own inhabitants will be shown and translated into a “real language”.
(Digital Impressionism, Postkitsch, New Pop, l’Avatar Art, Iperformalism, Ultranaif next to Giotto’s!)
I kept reading…
During the exposition, the first “Second life Invasion” will take place in the city.
What does it mean?
We could see the avatars walking around the streets and interact with us.

I kept reading…
The Italian government decided that the educational system in Italy will become completely digital based.
I’m sure they have no idea what it means; but they’ve probably thought that it sounded cool.

Out There: where Architecture meets Semiotics

What are the first things you think when I say “architecture”?
Heavy long-lasting buildings? Pyramids? Sparky skyscrapers? A thirty floor residence? The tour Eiffel?
If this is what we usually mean by “architecture”, maybe we need to change our beliefs.
As Semiotics tought me, the meaning of things is not simply an “object” (a “chair” is not only “the object that has the shape of a chair”, because a stone on the grass is actually a chair, if you sit on it!) but the consequences related to them (actions but also feelings).
In other terms, the meaning is what things REPRESENT.
Thats why the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is called “Out there: Architecture Beyond Building”.
Architecture is not just about “buildings” and “constructions” (=objects): we need to look beyond them.
Today the world is extremely dynamic, buildings cannot be something eternal anymore. What we create must be easy to develop, light, avaiable to be changed in order to our temporary needs.
Architecture is the way to create a world that

we feel like home
(Aaron Betsky)

but paradoxically, without building stable houses.
Its a way to communicate our time, our fears, our views.
Buildings dont represent this anymore.
Visual arts and performances, cinema, collage, illustrations, practices, immaginations, deconstructions, experiences, undefined shapes. Sperimentation, and not just an exposition of what already exists.
This is what I saw “Out there”.

10, 000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid

This mesmerising performance was part of the opening night’s events at ARS Electronica. Artists Evenlina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand used laser light to scan the surfaces of soap bubbles. The membranes of the bubbles provided an infinite landscape of refraction – resulting in the most beautiful and delicate streams of colour. Audio was created by converting the light into sound with a program by Bas van Koolwijk. Evenlina’s pink fox-like costume was also very impressive.
Their website is

Between The Lines

“A Jalousie (French for jealousy) is a window that one can see through but not be seen; barriers that allow us to observe the world without being invited to the table.”
Humboldt, Between The Lines is an editorial project for “Urban Jealousy,” theme of the First International Roaming Biennial of Tehran and I am absolutely in love with it.

Goodbye Pollack

Actor and director Sydney Pollack will be missed.

Jen Does Bassano

Phew and yay!
Jen forgave me, and let me share some wonderful photos she took at the Alpini Festival. View this post to see the full 15 photo series.
We hope to have some commentary from our new writer to go along side these soon. Watch this space.

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