This week Dezeen relocated to Milan for the city's annual design week, where we've been reporting on product launches from Zaha Hadid, Ron Arad, Studio Job (above), Konstantin Grcic and more, plus we kicked off the second leg of our Dezeen and MINI World Tour by taking a drive around town with designer Fabio Novembre and set up a TV studio in a car wash. Read on for more highlights of the week and our top track from Dezeen Music Project.
One of the most talked-about exhibitions of the week is a collection of rotating, sliding and motorised furniture by Rem Koolhaas (below), prompting readers to discuss whether OMA's architecture translates well to product design. Meanwhile, Jean Nouvel is presenting his vision of the future in office design, including furniture that changes colour by Ron Arad (below), and Moooi is showing a collection featuring a sofa modelled on clouds and lamps shaped like upturned bathtubs.
Other highlights from the week include an installation of rotating cork platforms by the Bouroullecs (below) and a set of desks with golden noses by Studio Job. We also rounded up our pick of things to see at the Salone fair, selected by Dezeen editor Rose Etherington.
In the opinion column, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs offers his take on this year's fair, suggesting that the economic crisis has taken its toll on the industry's biggest design show and that to visit to Milan during the Salone is now "to experience the antithesis of design".
In other news, London's Design Museum announced the seven category winners of the Designs of the Year Awards, including a folding wheel and the UK Government's redesigned website, and reports surfaced that Apple's Foster + Partners-designed campus in California (above) is $2 billion over budget.
Finally, the Museum of Modern Art in New York revealed plans to demolish the 12-year-old American Folk Art Museum next door and the AIA announced the ten winners of its annual Small Project Awards, including a concept for a house in the desert with four bedroom towers (below) and a concrete playground pavilion with hidden chimneys.