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Watch a talk on post-pandemic design with Gaggenau at Milan design week

Dezeen teamed up with luxury kitchen appliances brand Gaggenau to host and stream a talk about the design world's response to the coronavirus pandemic with Dara Huang and Michel Rojkind during Milan design week 2022.

Moderated by Dezeen's editor-at-large Amy Frearson, the talk explored how design responds to crisis with innovation, how designers can foster resilience in difficult times, and the increased interest in local manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and the design of communal and interior spaces in the past two years.

The panel featured architect and designer Huang, who is founder of Design Haus Liberty, and Rojkind, founder of Mexico-based architecture firm Rojkind Arquitectos.

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

Designer Dara Huang
Dara Huang is the founder of Design Haus Liberty

Huang founded Design Haus Liberty in 2013. The studio has offices in London and Hong Kong, and was awarded three RIBA awards in its first three years as a practice.

She also launched lighting brand DH Liberty Lux, and co-founded Vivahouse, an initiative that turns disused commercial spaces into co-living units.

The daughter of a Taiwanese scientist who emigrated to the USA to work for NASA, Huang has a masters degree in architecture from Harvard University. Before founding Design Haus Liberty she worked at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and Foster + Partners in London.

Projects by Design Haus Liberty include Villa Mosca Bianca on the shore of Lake Maggiore in Italy, and a cluster of apartments in Shoreditch, London.

Architect Michel Rojkind
Michel Rojkind, founder of Rojkind Arquitectos

Mexican architect Rojkind founded Rojkind Arquitectos in 2002. Born and raised in Mexico, Rojkind studied architecture and urban planning at Universidad Iberoamericana.

He founded Rojkind Arquitectos in 2002. One of the studio's recently completed projects is a concert hall on the Gulf of Mexico, built for the philharmonic orchestra of Boca Del Rio. Other projects include the renovation of Mexico's National Film Archive and Film Institute and the Liverpool Department Store.

Villa Necchi Campiglio
The talk takes place at Milan's historic Villa Necchi Campiglio

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

During the first talk, which took place on Tuesday, 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.

Yesterday, Dezeen hosted a talk about designing kitchens that form "the hub of the home", which featured a panel including Dada's director of product development Andrea Molteni and designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg.

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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