Salone Del Mobile: Tom Dixon’s The Club

Category: Design, Furniture Design, Interior Design

Salone del Mobile is back for 2014! Unaware of Salone? Well, pick up those ears and listen in. Salone del Mobile is our humble planet’s most premiere furniture, object and interior fair. Every designer that is cool, or wants to be, is at this fair and showcasing what’s new, exciting and boundary-pushing in the way of interior furnishings. Salone is always creatively stimulating and definitely worth checking out. We’ve been covering it for a couple of years now and this year‘s no different, we’ll be bringing your all our highlights from Milan over the next few days. The first, Tom Dixon and his sexy design aesthetic.

This year’s Salone marks Tom Dixon’s debut at the fair where his new collection of home furnishings under the theme of the CLUB is being presented. I first came across Dixon’s shiny objects when I spotted one of his hexagonally patterned, copper pressed bowls. The slickness found in that object is written all over the signature of the CLUB collection. Basing the range on the conventional British Gentleman’s club, Dixon has ramped it up a notch by reworking the aesthetic into a contemporary, pleasure-trove of plush goodies. Metallics dominant along with some beautifully smooth finishes, extraordinarily sleek lighting designs, and clean, modern tableware and service ware. This is a collection full of glamour, but done in a way that isn’t cheap or glitzy, or devoid of taste. Rather it makes you want to snap it all up and take it home. Surely it’s alright to have a little bit of bling in your life right? Tom says yes! and I’m sure glad he has!

Tom Dixon’s CLUB is showing in Hall 20, stand B06 at Salone del Mobile. Get in there if you’re visiting.

Tomorrow! Anna will be bringing you her top find. So check back then for more goodness.

Logan Bradley

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Masters in Interior and Living Design
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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
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Cecilia Lundgren’s light touch

Category: Fashion Design, Illustration

Cecilia Lundgren’s work caught my eye recently on Domus Academy’s Facebook page. Having first studied graphic design in Sweden, she completed a Master in Design at Domus Academy in 2007. Since then she has moved back to her homeland and has been successfully working with a number of international clients. It was her digital illustration that was featured by Domus—bright colours, loose line-work and multiple layers of activity in each image. This was enticing enough to lead me through to her website, where many pleasant surprises awaited. I am a sucker for watercolour done well and was happy to find some exquisite examples of fashion illustration in Lundren’s personal work. She has attained an enviable lightness of touch in delicately rendering feminine portraits and figures. There is an artful restraint in her approach, with a good understanding of light, contrast and white space, which are key to successful manipulation of this tricky medium.

I also love her drawings of political figures, Lundgren captures personality and character well with her deftly placed line-work and inky blobs. Vivienne Westood’s likeness makes an appearance too, complete with a blazing head of hair. What’s really impressive is Cecilia Lundgren’s ability to move between digital and traditional illustration tools with ease. She is comfortable with a number of styles and makes it all look deceptively effortless. Do check out her portfolio, it’s worth a look. And while you’re there, her talents don’t stop with illustration—check out her travel photography. Actually, I think this is my favourite part. There are some really stunning moments captured there, again demonstrating a sophisticated harnessing of light, great compositional skills and perfect timing. I’m very envious and impressed!

Anna Tokareva

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Design Scholarships to Milan!

Category: Advertising, Design, Environmental, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Furniture Design, Industrial design, Installation, Interactive, Interior Design, Landscape design, Packaging Design, Photography

Here’s your chance to dream big! Our partner institutions NABA & Domus are offering you some amazing scholarships to one of the hottest design destinations on the planet. Milan, Italy!

Are you a creative and keen on traveling to get some experience overseas? Check.
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How about these institutions showering you with scholarship opportunities? Check, check, check and check!!

Yes, it’s raining scholarships to Milan today on Frontier!
Our two partner schools NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti and Domus Academy have just launched some great competitions for international students. The winners will receive some exceptional scholarship opportunities.

NABA is an internationally renowned innovative arts and design academy based in the heart of Milan’s design scene. NABA is internationally ranked among the world’s best schools of design by Frame Publishers and Domus Magazine.

For undergraduate studies, NABA is giving away three 40% scholarships. All you have to do is submit your portfolio and do the assessment test. Easy enough! See the requirements here!

The legendary Domus Academy is also located in Milan and it was the first postgraduate design school in Italy. Throughout the years, DA also asserted its importance as a school, in the full meaning of the term: a place for postgraduate education and research labs investigating innovation and design topics.

Domus Academy is working with top brands and influencers like Scott Schuman from the Sartorialist, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Swarovski, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Cartier, Electrolux and Coca Cola just to name a few … No wonder the institution was named as one of the best design schools in the world by Business Week, Frame Publishers and Domus Magazine.

Domus Academy is offering 70%, 50% and 30% scholarships to Masters programs in Accessories Design, Car Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Urban Vision and Architecture, Business Design, Visual Brand Design, Interior and Living Design, Fashion Management, Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising, Product Design and Luxury Brand Management.

Well this is a LOT of opportunities to change your life and achieve your wildest dreams. We say go for it and do it NOW!

Frontier

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Masters in Accessories Design
Masters in Business Design
Masters in Vehicle Design and Mobility
Masters in Design
Masters in Fashion Design
Masters in Fashion Management
Masters in Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising
Masters in Interaction Design
Masters in Interior and Living Design
Masters in Service and Experience Design
Masters in Urban Vision and Architectural Design

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
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Bachelor of Art in Painting and Visual Arts
Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
Bachelor of Art in Theatre Design
Masters of Art in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies
Bachelor of Art in Design
Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design
Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design and Art Direction
Masters of Art in Communication Design
Masters of Art in Fashion and Textile Design
Masters of Art in Design
Masters of Art in Film and New Media
Masters in Photography and Visual Design
Masters in Landscape Design

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Milan Men’s Fashion Week: Highlights

Category: Design, Fashion Design

I’m about to hyperlink the crap out of this article because there was so much luxury goodness at this years Milan Men’s Fashion Week that I can’t just link through to one designer.

Jil Sander kicked it off with her signature starkness which was as good as ever, Gucci jumped back onto my radar with their farmboy/ postman aesthetic in Frida Giannini’s beautifully hued collection, Armani was a snooze-fest completely outdone by the great sunglasses at Ports 1961 and Ferragamo, who as well as creating perfectly adorned eyes, also led the charge of the stunning coat front. Moncler and Fendi (who had a fur lined catwalk) both put in luxurious coat competitors, however it was Z Zenga (above) who won the woolen race with their fantastically bold winter overcoat statements.

Calvin Klein’s monochrome excellence though, stood out for me as the weeks winner (top). It was a challenging silhouette but I’ve decided that can only be a good for shaking things up a bit. Italo Zucchelli’s stint at Klein has been one of perfectly executed, futuristic design, hardly ever putting a foot wrong. For his A/W 2014 collection military was on the cards but full of volume and slick glitz. Metallics, caramels, butters and olives from head to toe adorned the models in the shape of pleated trousers (I’m a fan when done correctly, although wish they’d gone in at the ankle) and doubly thick crew neck sweats and quilted bomber jackets. It was shiny, it was refined and it was just all good.

To cap it off, emblazoned across the chests were the words Obsession, Escape and Eternity, words made famous by the houses world dominating fragrance range. It was a 90′s hark back and it’s been long enough since then that it was transformed into modern awesomeness. The only word missing… well it was ONE of course. Surely they could’ve got that one in there!

You can watch the full Klein collection here, it’s does take a bit of getting used to, but it’s good… and keep checking back, Paris Men’s Fashion week highlights coming soon.

Logan Bradley.

Photographs: *Wallpaper.com

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Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design
Masters of Art in Fashion and Textile Design

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Domus Academy

Design and Fashion School in Milan, Italy
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Masters in Fashion Design
Masters in Fashion Management
Masters in Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising
Masters in Accessories Design

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Elizabeth Polish designs

Category: Furniture Design, Interior Design

Elizabeth Polish’s collection of lights is both extensive and experimental. Each light has immediate impact due to an adept use of materials that range from hand-painted vinyl to stainless steel. Polish is not afraid to pair bright red perspex with stainless steel, to align hard and unforgiving mediums with the soft and crafted.

These works walk an interesting line between industrial and hand-made objects. The light that really took my fancy is the Alberi Chandelier (top left image). The solidity of the cast iron frame contrasts the cut-out aesthetic of the hand-painted vinyl, it wouldn’t be out of place in the dark imaginings of Tim Burton’s mind. Think of the shadows this light would throw off around a room!

Polish works in New York, and has recently collaborated with Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio. She studied Interior Design at Domus Academy in Milan and started Elizabeth Polish Design in 2008.  The featured works above are only a small drop in the very talented ocean that is Elizabeth Polish, I’d recommend having a good browse at some of her interior design work here.

Renee Barker

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Masters in Accessories Design
Masters in Business Design
Masters in Vehicle Design and Mobility
Masters in Design
Masters in Fashion Design
Masters in Fashion Management
Masters in Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising
Masters in Interaction Design
Masters in Interior and Living Design
Masters in Service and Experience Design
Masters in Urban Vision and Architectural Design

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
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