Spectrum: Killer Knots from Outer Space Rug Invaders by CC-Tapis

Spectrum Killer Knots From Outer Space

Spectrum: Killer Knots from Outer Space, is the name of the new collection of hand-knotted rugs by CC-Tapis. The title alone is fascinating to begin with and the rugs are beautiful as well! We suggest you visit CC-Tapis; it’s worth your while.

You can visit both at the Salone del Mobile fair and at their showroom (Piazza Santo Stefano 10)

Design Collaboration

The collection is made in collaboration with Patricia Urquiola, David/Nicolas, Martino Gamper, Germans Ermics, Maarten de Ceulaer, Jean-Marie Massaud, Cristina Celestino, Mae Engelgeer, cc-tapis Design-Lab and Studiopepe.

Rug Invaders installation

The Rug Invaders installation is designed by Studio MILO and CC-Tapis it’s inspired by space age fantasies from the retro-futuristic eighties and post-modern design. The true futuristic part is that the materials used for the presentation are designed to be completely recyclable

“An inter-galactic, shape-shifting army of contemporary hand-knotted rugs born from the minds of the cc-tapis design-lab. Taking inspiration from traditional rug motifs and icons, the Rug Invaders have broken-free from their historical past and are now out of- scale and from out-of-space. The 5 invaders: Tabriz Destroyer, Ushak Invader, Kazak Space Shifter, Palmette Lazer Cannon and The Mothership all have their own particular size and shape, conceived to be combined together in a single interior. The Invaders are a new generation of rugs set to conquer and redefine how rugs are used within a space. Invading an interior near you soon.” (cc-tapis)

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Gaetano Pesce’s Up Chair Celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

Gaetano Pesce designed the Up Series in 1969, so this year B&B Italia celebrates the 50th Anniversary of this iconic chair set. During Milan Design Week 2019 the showroom at the Brera Design District was filled to the rim with the armchair and pouf UP5_6, upholstered in green and beige stripes. A lovely installation which made us, at Mimi Berlin, very happy!

Suffering Majesty at Piazza del Duomo

The celebration of the “la Mamma’ chair continued at the Piazza del Duomo, where a humongous larger-than-life in salmon-pink replica of the chair is pierced with arrows and is surrounded by wild animals. The art-sculpture is named ‘Suffering Majesty’ and is made to continue the conversation on violence against women in Italy. It will be present until April 14th 2019.

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Milan Design Week 2019 Ventura Centrale

Ventura Centrale

Ventura Centrale hosts 16 presentations at the abandoned warehouses alongside Milan’s Central Station (centrale fs) during Milan Design Week 2019. This is the third edition of Ventura Centrale and there is lot’s to see and do this year. Visitor’s can try on wooden clogs, write their opinion down or get their bodies mapped: from artisinal to high-tech design and everything in-between; it’s all there!

Presentations, a list.

The 16 vaults under the Ventura Centrale train station will this year be host to: Maarten Baas (The Netherlands), Aria (Italy), Noroo Group (Korea), AGC (Japan), Lavazza and Gufram (Italy), Rapt Studio (US), Sky-Frame (Switzerland), Lensvelt & Modular Lighting Instruments (The Netherlands, Belgium), Weltevree (The Netherlands), FREITAG (Switzerland), TAKT PROJECT (Japan), Yamaha Corporation Design Laboratory (Japan), Cosentino (Spain), Humanscale (US), DNP (Japan), dpot modern and contemporary Brazilian furniture (Brazil). Open from 10:00 – 20:00

Tip from Mimi Berlin

If you have little time to spare we, at Mimi Berlin, recommend you go see the Japanese DNP printed lighting installation first, and work your way back to the pop-up restaurant ‘Bar Baas’ at Dinky’s (by Maarten Baas and Lensvelt design) for lunch or dinner.

5Vie District to-do-list for Milan Designweek 2019

5Vie

It’s that time of the year again: from April 7 through April 14 it is Milan Designweek time. Mimi Berlin Blogger Team decided to make and share our to-do-lists with you this year, for free! Our first list covers the so-called 5Vie Distict in the historic heart of Milan.

Group Exhibitions

Masterly; the Dutch pavilion dedicated to design and artisan craftsmanship made in the Netherlands situated at Palazzo Francesco Turati. (Via Meravigli 7) More Dutch Design: Connect is a site-specific (Via Cesare Correnti) installation by designer-duo Kiki van Eijk & Joost van Bleiswijk (with participation of Niels Hoebers, Sander Wassink and Michela Castagnaro) ‘The Litta Variations / Opus 5’ exhibition at Palazzo Litta (Corso Magenta 24). showcases several designers (a.o) Pro Helvetia, Mitterteich Porzellan, Japan Creative and Lithea.Local Milan introduces 44 designers from Australia and New Zealand, unfortunately we don’t know where (yet).

Solo Exhibitions

Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Monache (Via Lanzone 13) The exhibition L’Ultima Cera by Anton Alvares is commissioned by curator Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte for Fonderia Artistica Battaglia as part of their new residency program for designers and architects to explore the lost wax technique for bronze. Alvares designed and built a huge machine which he named the Extruder. Sounds fierce, Mimi Blogger Team is curious! Camp Design Gallery (via Giovanni Segantini 71. Metro Porta Genova & Romolo) has the work of Adam Nathaniel Furman on exhibit. A colorful furniture-collection made in collaboration with the historical laminates company Abet Laminati. Mimi Berlin loves both plastic and traditional craftsmanship so we’ll make a stop at this gallery. The basement of SIAM (via Santa Marta 18) hosts the exhibition ‘Human Code’ by Roberto Sironi. Sironi is interested in rituals and uses anthropological references in his designs, sounds promising. We’ll probably visit that exhibition as well.

Shoppings

The Fattobene Pop-Up Shop (Corso Garibaldi, 46. Metro: Lanza / Moscova. Tram: 2 / 4 / 14 Arena) Fattobene (well made in Italian) is an online shop, a platform and an archive dedicated to rediscovering everyday and iconic italian objects, food (packaging) etc. Lesley Luxury Vintage; clothing store located at the via San Nicolao 3a. We will also visit the Ottica San Maurilio (via San Maurilio 14) ’cause we need new glasses/spectacles.

Party

Seletti-Design Pride (April 10/ 6:00PM /Piazza Castello corner Via Minghetti) “the most democratic party of Milan Design Week”. We, at Mimi Berlin won’t be attending this party though.

(5Vie art+design produces and curates exhibitions furthermore 5Vie “represents workshops, crafts, galleries, shops and showrooms in this area focusing on one-of-a-kind pieces,art design and the crosscontamination among the various arts” -5vie.it)


Hammer and Pessary Ring. Medical Instruments that Look Like Designer Jewelry

Pessary Ring as Bracelet. Percussion Hammer as Brooch

While researching some antique objects on the interweb we stumbled upon an image of a pessary ring made in 1975. We’ve never used this contraceptive device so we didn’t recognize it as such. To us, at Mimi Berlin, this rubber band looks more like a bracelet; a modern design bracelet. And in our minds the percussion hammer could well be a brooch. .

(The medical items are property of the Purmerends Museum)

Online Stuff from Yesteryears

We found the images above via the online collection of National Dutch heritage. This wonderful imagebank is filled with thousands and thousands of products, ranging from stamps to glassware to well……stuff from yesteryears that can make the imagination run wild if you want to!

While we’re on the subject: click to view our post about on religious tongue piercings.

Percussion or Reflex Hammer

A reflex hammer is a medical instrument used by practitioners to test deep tendon reflexes. Testing for reflexes is an important part of the neurological physical examination in order to detect abnormalities in the central or peripheral nervous system. Reflex hammers can also be used for chest percussion.

(knowledge via wikipedia)

xoxo Mimi Berlin

Panasonic’s Office Headgear Inspired By Horses Blinkers

Office Headgear

OMG the human workforce will be able to buy ‘wearable blinkers’ in the near future. This headgear is good for not having distraction in busy places while working. The idea for the headband is similar to the devices worn by horses in the city, The human blinkers are still in the prototype phase, so they may never come true, but we, at Mimi Berlin, feel that even thinking up such an ‘animal-farm’ kind of product is unbelievable! They must have big fun at the Panasonic design offices……..

Horses blinkers headgear
(image via google)

to read all about the office blinkers click link to dezeen.com below

Panasonic’s human blinkers help people concentrate in open-plan offices