hay, sonos and wework have come together for the 2018 milan design week to present a shared vision for the future of design, collaboration and living spaces. driven by innovation, passion and the unlimited possibilities that evolve from the desire to create better experiences for everyday life – hay, sonos and wework have imagined an entire universe that will explore the best in design, sound, living, and work. located in the heart of milan at the historical palazzo clerici, the exhibition offers over 1500m2 of design for everyday living and working environments. the ornate atmosphere of palazzo clerici sets the framework for a series of installations that celebrate the past while evolving for the future. the juxtaposition of old and new amplifies the experience and elevates design, while offering visitors the opportunity to explore numerous spaces, socialize, shop or attend topical discussions. featuring products by erwan and ronan bouroullec, stefan diez. gamfratesi, and many more.
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One year after he got his Masters in Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London in 2001, Sylvain Willenz opened his own design office in his hometown of Brussels. In the past eight years he’s worked with brands like Cappellini, Established & Sons, Hay and Tamawa, and has won a handful of awards, including two Red Dot Best of the Best Product Design Awards for his work with Freecom Mobile Drive.
What I particularly like about Willenz’s work is that even when it’s at its most technical it remains approachable, never intimidating. The simple, minimal forms and bright elementary colors are a friendly callback to the Bauhaus aesthetic. In fact, one of Willenz’s more recent pieces, the Folk rug, is right at home with Bauhaus textile designer Anni Albers’ bold geometrical patterns.
Designed for Chevalier Edition, the Folk rug “was born out of the desire to organize geometric forms while exploring colors and structure. The motifs clearly evoke and play with the idea of folk or traditional rugs in a deliberately simplified manner.” Willenz, who works mostly in lighting and furniture and has never before collaborated with a manufacturer on a textile or pattern said “the opportunity to work solely on a graphic level does not occur very often in my design office and when Chevalier Edition approached me for this collaboration the assignment was certainly appealing. The exploration of two-dimensional forms became, without a doubt, most liberating and I truly enjoyed this exercise.”
The Folk rug is made from 100% handknotted wool and comes in three color variations, Light, Dark and Bright.
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