Milan Design Week

5 Things You Didn't Know You Wanted

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They’re the sort of things no self-respecting man should be without - a touch-pad table; a neon ladder; a 16ft red robo-pal.

We run down five of the wackiest designs from this year’s Milan Design Week.

1 The Lygo Lamp (above)
Everyone likes Lego. But we also know that society shuns anyone over the age of 11 who still keeps a box in the living room. Thank God then for Studio Mango’s Lygo Lamp: a self-assembly building block light. Just remember - slotting those pieces together is definitely not playtime. It is good, solid craftsmanship. Good, solid, socially acceptable craftsmanship. (studiomango.nl)

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2 The Giant Cubebot
There is something oddly reassuring about David Weeks’ latest chair, the giant Cubebot. Perhaps it’s the robot’s vast, shovel-flat face? Or could it be that cheerful red belly, which practically begs you sit down? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s that slightly sinister, laissez faire, “Oh, hey there!” lothario pose. Just one of many questions that come to mind as you lay back in those strong, robotic arms. (davidweeksstudio.com)

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3 The Neon Ladder
Massimo Uberti’s neon ladder lamp got us thinking. A real Day-Glo ladder is an excellent idea. Without such a device, how could you possibly hope to shingle a roof at night? Or unclog a drain at night? Or reach a tricky cobweb... at night. The possibilities are endless. Providing it’s night. (massimouberti.it)

4 The Prisma Kitchen
Forget shiny coffee machines and Japanese knife collections - what everyone really wants from a kitchen is reliable Wi-Fi access and pre-loaded Google Maps. So imagine our delight at discovering that Italian manufacturer Toncelli’s new kitchen features a breakfast bar with built-in Samsung Galaxy touchscreen. A united kingdom of corn flakes and iPlayer is finally at hand. (toncelli.it)

 

5 The Telepathic Helmet
The time has come to admit what you have always known – you possess psychic powers. In which case, it’s high time you invested in the proper equipment. Luckily, Geneva University of Art and Design has got your back. The university’s new face trumpet should boost your telepathy and telekinesis to unprecedented levels. If nothing else, it will make you irresistible at parties. (head.hesge.ch)

Milan Design Week, 17 April to 22 April, Various Venues, Milan Cosmit.it
Words by Oliver Stratford