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Arthur Mamou-Mani's Conifera installation for COS at Milan Design Week
COS created an installation at Milan design week

This week, Milan hosted the world's biggest design fair

This week, Dezeen reported on the best installations, product launches and events at Milan design week.

Dezeen's editorial team reported on the key exhibitions and trends at the world's biggest design fair, while participants shared thousands of photos on our #milanogram2019 hashtag.

Alex Chinneck unzips a building in Milan's Tortona district
Alex Chinneck unzips a building in Milan's Tortona district

Among this year's highlights were Alex Chinneck's installation that imagines an old Milanese building ripped open by giant zips, Google's A Space for Being exhibition, and an "anti-digital" pop-up bistro by Caffè Populaire.

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs spoke to French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani about his bioplastic installation for COS in the Palazzo Isimbardi courtyard.

IKEA and sonos speakers collaboration
IKEA and Sonos unveil table lamp and bookshelf speakers

New products launched at this year's event included IKEA and Sonos' table lamp and bookshelf speakers and Bang & Olufsen's TV that can be folded away.

Several designs were relaunched during the design week, with Verner Panton's Bond villain chair brought back into production and House of Finn Juhl reissuing the Grasshopper chair.

Moon Village by SOM
SOM designs inflatable Moon Village to be first-ever lunar habitat

In architecture, news this week included a proposal for a village on the moon by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, while actor Brad Pitt's called Peter Zumthor a "master of light and shadow".

Dezeen also shared Safdie Architects' plans to add a fourth tower to Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore, before the studio announced its completion of the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

East 34th Street skyscraper by MAD
MAD imagines sinuous black East 34th skyscraper to "soften" New York's skyline

In New York, MAD revealed visuals of a slender, dark skyscraper for a site beside the Empire State Building, intended to challenge the harshness of the city's skyline.

Days before, a report revealed that millions of migratory birds die each year as a result of towering structures in US cities, with Chicago said to be the most dangerous.

Foster + Partners re-designed Federation Square Apple Store cancelled
Federation Square's Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store axed

Australian heritage authorities ruled against Foster + Partners' controversial plan for an Apple Store in Melbourne's Federation Square, which is now set to become a protected heritage site.

Jay Robert Pritzker, whose family started the Pritzker Prize, also hit the headlines after revealing plans to sell, and possibly demolish, Helmut Jahn's postmodern Thompson Center in Chicago.

Roger Scruton at Policy Exchange, November 2018
Roger Scruton fired from housing commission for "completely unacceptable" comments

In the UK, the chair of the government's Building Better Building Beautiful Commission Roger Scruton was fired for making controversial comments.

The Royal Institute of British Architects' president said architects must do more to combat discrimination, as new data revealed that the gender pay gap remains above 15 per cent in UK studios.

Catuçaba by Studio MK27
Studio MK27 completes slender off-grid Catuçaba house on Brazil farm

Projects to have caught readers attention this week include a comic that illustrates Mies van der Rohe's life, an off-grid house on a Brazilian farm and Frida Escobedo's Aesop store in Brooklyn.