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Watch a talk on designing better kitchens with Gaggenau at Milan design week

Dezeen hosted a live talk on designing kitchens that form the hub of the home with Yabu Pushelberg and Andrea Molteni, live from Gaggenau's showcase at this year's Milan design week.

Moderated by Dezeen's editor-at-large Amy Frearson, the talk explored the role that the kitchen plays in the contemporary home, innovations in kitchen design, and how designers can foster a positive home culture through creating better kitchens.

The panel featured George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, co-founders of design firm Yabu Pushelberg, and Andrea Molteni, vice president at his family firm Molteni&C and director of product development at its sister kitchens brand Dada.

As part of the talk, Yabu, Pushelberg and Molteni offered an exclusive look at Tivali, a new kitchen design project on which they have collaborated.

The talk took place in the conservatory of Milan's historic Villa Necchi Campiglio, where the brand has created a 360-square-foot interactive installation called A Statement of Form to showcase its highest-grade appliances.

George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, co-founders of Yabu Pushelberg
George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg are co-founders of design firm Yabu Pushelberg

Canadian designers Yabu and Pushelberg founded Yabu Pushelberg as an interior design firm in Toronto 1980 after graduating from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University, where they studied together.

The studio has since expanded its remit to include architecture, product design, landscape design, lighting design, branding and graphics. The pair established a second office in New York in 2001. Last year, Yabu Pushelberg won the public vote Dezeen Award for Design Studio of the Year.

Andrea Molteni
Andrea Molteni is vice president of Molteni&C and director of product development at Dada

Molteni is vice president of Molteni&C, a classic Italian design brand founded by his grandparents Angelo and Giuseppina Molteni in 1934.

Molteni&C's range of furniture includes a number of well-known 20th-century pieces designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti. Amongst the brand's more recent product ranges are collaborations with names like Norman FosterPatricia Urquiola and Jean Nouvel.

The talk was the second in a series of three hosted by Dezeen in collaboration with Gaggenau running 7-9 June, which are all moderated by Frearson.

Villa Necchi
The talk is held at Milan's historic Villa Necchi Campiglio

During the first talk, which took place yesterday, designer Søren Rose, BIG's director of interiors Francesca Portesine, and Foster + Partners' head of industrial design Mike Holland discussed sustainability and longevity in design.

Tomorrow, Design Haus Liberty founder Dara Huang and architect Michel Rojkind of Rojkind Arquitectos will feature in a talk on how their practices have changed over the course of the pandemic.

A Statement of Form is on show between 7-11 June during Milan design week, daily from 11am to 5pm. To visit, register at

You can watch all the talks live on Dezeen here.

Milan design week 2022

A Statement of Form is part of Milan design week 2022, which takes place from 6 to 12 June 2022. See our Milan design week 2022 guide on Dezeen Events Guide for information about other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.

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