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Report from Milan Design Week 2012

The most important home furnishings fair of the year is Salone del Mobile in Milan. On Tuesday it opened up its doors to the trade and the general public will stream  through for the weekend. 300,000 visitors are expected to show up.

Many of the trends displayed here will eventually trickle down to the high street and affect us homeowners who aren’t necessarily the first to jump on a trend. Here we’ve listed our favourite lamps, lights, stools and seats that we’ve seen so far.

Light and action

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The Stairway to Heaven light by Bertjan Pot won the FRAME  moooi award, selected by Philippe Starck. The safety ladder is lit with carnival lights and is a real heavy weight, coming in at 15kg, give or take. Can you see this hanging from your kitchen ceiling?

Expect to see more of multiple colours joined together in future designs. The pale blue, white and beige lamp is for safe decorators, and the electric purple and grey for daredevils.

The floating pears and apple shapes made of delicate glass for nendo, show that pendant lighting is here to stay. The strings represent the metal pipes used by glassblowers and the branches make it look like the objects are growing.

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This might be the coolest lamp ever. Every couple of seconds it blows a bubble that reflects the light of the LED light inside.  3 million bubble will blow and burst during the 50,000 hour-life of the lamp.

Take a seat

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Designed by Lenny Kravitz, the ‘Mademoiselle chair’ is a rock ‘n’ roll version of Philippe Starck’s old classic for Italian furniture company Kartell. Fur, leather and python might seem a tad much, but then Lenny has never been known for being modest. 

This unique stool design follows on from the industrial trend, and incorporates cork, metal and wood. Seen as a ‘modern totem’, the stools will look the part in an airy loft-style flat.

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Scandinavian design can do no wrong with its simple lines and natural materials. The Georg stool has an oversized wool cushion kept in place by a leather strap, and is made from ash wood.

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