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Best installations from Milan design week

This week we showcased the best installations from Milan design week

This week on Dezeen, we reported on the best installations and exhibitions from the year's most significant design event – Milan design week.

The week-long event, which includes the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, saw hundreds of events taking place across the city, including the Harmony of Form and Function exhibition for which architect Shigeru Ban created a tunnel from paper tubes to showcase Frank Lloyd Wright-designed lamps (above).

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MAD's reflective cube was one of the highlights of Milan design week

Large-scale installations created for the design week included a reflective ETFE cube designed by Chinese architecture studio MAD that was placed in the courtyard of the University of Milan.

Another major installation saw tech giant Google work with American artist Lachlan Turczan to create a series of giant water-covered speakers that aimed to visualise sound.

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Paola Navone gave away hundreds of items at an exhibition

On a smaller scale, Italian architect Paola Navone gave away hundreds of pieces she had collected over the years in a raffle as part of her Take It or Leave It exhibition.

Also during the event, the Triennale Milano reopened the revamped Museo del Design Italiano permanent exhibition at its Milan headquarters.

MillerKnoll CEO tells employees with bonus concerns to "leave pity city"
The CEO of MillerKnoll told employees not to focus on bonuses

In other design news, a video of the CEO of US furniture brand MillerKnoll telling employees to be focused on profits and not their lack of bonuses went viral online.

"Don't ask about 'what we are going if we don't get a bonus', get the damn $26 million," she said in the video.

"Spend your time and your effort thinking about the $26 million we need, and not thinking what you are going to do if you don't get a bonus," she continued. "Alright. Can I get some commitment for that?"

BIG navy museum project
BIG was among five studios to reveal a concept for the National Museum of the US Navy

In architecture news, BIG, Gehry Partners and Perkins&Will were among five studios that revealed their rival concepts for the future National Museum of the US Navy.

In Liberia, architecture studio Atelier Masōmī unveiled its plans for a library dedicated to the country's former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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A garden studio in London was one of the week's most-read stories

Popular projects on Dezeen this week include a studio for architecture studio ByOthers in the garden of a home in Peckham, a fog catcher in Bogotá and a tiny, "non-pretentious" house in Ecuador.

Our latest lookbooks featured Milanese interiors with eye-catching material palettes and living spaces that are punctuated by saturated primary colours.

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