No glitzy products by superstar designers this year in Milan, but samples and prototypes giving us insights into the maker process. Handmade and hi tech are combined by designers collaborating with engineers and craftsmen. Craftscurator handpicked the very best examples.
In the article 'From handicraft to digicraft' The Guardian remarked no fundamentally new products were presented Milan, but the very new was to be found in the tension between handmade and industrial. True, designers and makers are rethinking production and distribution systems. Meet the players;
And while Milan did not unveil the new design direction for the years to come, it proved the future is open to those who are willing to rethink production systems: the do-ers.
Are you a do-er?
Are you a buyer, designer or marketeer working for a brand or importer? Are you wondering how to use these maker insights to create new collections that appeal to consumers? Join the Craftscurator Trend Event on Thursday June 14th for an inspiring visual presentation on trends in handmade design, including the bonus trendupdate 'Makers in Milan', giving you practical directions on how to make trends work for your brand. Sign up here.
The Guardian 'From handicraft to digicraft' I Lex Pott I Tom Dixon I Maarten Baas x Laikingland I The Machine x Joong Han Lee I Transnatural x Thompson and Gatto I Droog Design x Humade I Rinascente Hackers Lab I Formafantasma I Technology Will Save Us I Kartell I Ikea I 'Makers in Milaan 2012' for Stylink (Dutch) I 'Do Touch Handmade Design in Milan 2011' I 'Toccare! Handgemaakt Design in Milaan 2011' for Stylink (Dutch)