Best finds from Milan Design Week 2017

by Creative Director/Founder of Rock Galpin Design Studio

To continue with our series in asking influential architects and designers to select their favourite finds at the major design shows; once again this year we asked Rock Galpin- Creative Director/Founder of Rock Galpin Design Studio to share his best finds.

Rock Galpin

Photo © Ed Reeve

Rock founded Rock Galpin Design Studio in 2005 after establishing Studio Orange in 1995. His award winning design studio, specialises in product/furniture design, whilst also undertaking brand and interior design projects.

Known for his close working relationships with clients, his energy, creativity, passion, drive and love for good design has led to achieving rewarding and highly creative work.

Rock Galpin’s project for Connection Seating

A current project by Rock Galpin

Clients have commented: ‘strong and inventive work’ Federico Busnelli (B&B Italia); ‘designs of real integrity of form’ Karim Rashid (Industrial Designer & interior architect); ‘it was a pleasure working with Rock and the product is great’ Jo Willer (Creative Director for Designers Guild); ‘he did great work for us…’ Andrew Waugh (Waugh Thistleton Architects), ‘.. designer who strives to break the mould’, Dominic Lutyens (Journalist).

Rock Galpin’s future projects consist of designing an exciting extensive collection of seating products, based around presentations with acoustic control for Connection Seating’s own brand collection. The new collection will be launched this coming year at London Design Festival during September. 

Other new products include a long awaited new chair collection for a well known manufacturer brand exploring inside/outside space, a new extensive soft seating collection with embedded technology focused around seamless meeting types and brand identities from football clubs to Law firms.

Here are Rock’s best finds and what he had to say about Milan 2017:

‘This year Milan Design week, Salone Del Mobile and Fuori Salone showed a strong set of emerging new changes in design trends and directions’ 

‘The styles of recent years have expressed a raw, stripped back, hard, geometric but light industrial aesthetic and celebration of structure, assembly as well as a hark back to natural materials, softness and human imprint in craft processes replaced by a more sophisticated, ‘soft’, more feminine approach to design. Quality of experience is further being driven towards a sense of holistic indulgence and wellbeing, from the emotive values associated with play, colour, texture and pattern, while the celebration of process of production is replaced with more complex dreamlike narratives and emotive human focus’.

Established & Sons

Established & Sons

Cartier-Jewellery

Cartier jewellery – exhibition installation

Artifort

Artifort – new softer, organic forms

Boss- Simon Pengelly

Boss- Atom by Simon Pengelly

Cassina- new collection

Cassina’s- new collection shown in the Herzog & de Meuron Feltrinelli Porta Volta building-Cassina

‘Styles have become progressively softer, with more rounded aesthetics, softer geometric patterns, softer fabrics and a new level of subtlety, decoration and less geometry in fabric and textile choice and particularly colour choice, reflecting the softest most feminine trends seen for some time. These new softer trends are quite often offset against the remains of a subtler continuation of the industrially derived stripped back style, where hard defined steel is replaced with more natural materials, more wood and warmer metallics and a defined colour palette. Whilst the workplace continues to soften and become more closely linked to domestic typologies and associated levels of comfort and convenience with invisible technologies so the domestic landscape takes one step further to reach new levels of connection with the softer side of us’.

From Diesel Home

Diesel Home – New tableware collection

From Diesel Home

Diesel Home – new collection, sofa

From Diesel Home

Diesel Home – lifestyle narrative

Gervasoni

Gervasoni – new collection

Habitat4-Reflex-Ateleir Mendini

Habitat4-Reflex-Ateleir Mendini – new collection

A design made chair by Ilaria Innocenti of Studio Lido for Italian company My Home Collection

A design made chair by Ilaria Innocenti of Studio Lido for Italian company My Home Collection

The experience at the Deltalight space in the heart of the Brera Design District

Enjoyed visiting the Deltalight space

The experience at the Deltalight space in the heart of the Brera Design District

Butler by Arik Levy from Deltlalight

Butler by Arik Levy from Deltlalight

Polesano by Dean Skira from Deltalight

Polesano by Dean Skira from Deltalight

XY180 by OMA from Deltalight

XY180 by OMA from Deltalight

Vitra- Colour Trending

Vitra- Colour Trending

Wallpaper digital view concept

Wallpaper digital view concept

Zanotta- Superb set styling

Zanotta- Superb set styling with video addittions

Zanotta

Zanotta- Superb set styling with video addittions

Triennale-GiroGiroTondo-design for children Exhibition

StoneIslandInstallation-New fabric tech

Stone Island Installation-New super light fabric tech

Tokujin Yoshioka’s chair installation for electronics brand LG

Tokujin Yoshioka’s chair installation for electronics brand LG

Salone Satelite-lights

Salone Satellite-Shinya Yoshida- super thin perforated light shades

Salone Satelite-2.2kg wooden chair

Salone Satelite-Vosding Industrial Design- 2.2kg wooden chair

Rest Studio Sofa- Anderssen & Voll

Rest Studio Sofa- Anderssen & Voll

Consolidating new subtle trends in design and narrative composition

Narrative compositions, show trends moving further towards a softer working environment.

Paul Cocksedge- dining table

Paul Cocksedge- dining table – Up-cycling and re-appropriating his old studio floor

Paul Cocksedge- dining table

Paul Cocksedge- dining table– Sliced cylindrical table base

Offecct-new collection-CarbonFibre: Hemp chairs

Offecct-new collection-Carbon Fibre & Organic fibre chairs

Moroso

Moroso- new play and decoration in design typologies

Moroso

Moroso- Urquiola Lilo update for 2017

Moroso

Moroso- Scholten & Baijings Ottoman armchair

Moroso- Urquila update

Moroso- Urquiola Lilo update for 2017

Haller E the new product from USM

Haller E the new product from USM

USM_Haller E atmosphere day

USM_Haller E atmosphere day

Herzog & de Meuron Feltrinelli Porta Volta building-Cassina

Herzog & de Meuron Feltrinelli Porta Volta building- Cassina

Herzog & de Meuron Feltrinelli Porta Volta building-Cassina

Herzog & de Meuron Feltrinelli Porta Volta building- Top floor work area

Kartell – Narrative compositions were a new theme this year

Kartell – Narrative compositions were a new theme this year

 Kartell- Lounge chair- part of ContamiNation 2017 by Kartell

Kartell- Lounge chair- part of ContamiNation 2017 by Kartell

 OFFECCT’s new narrative theme and collection

OFFECCT’s new narrative theme and collection

 Louis Vuitton- Campana Brothers sofa

Louis Vuitton- Campana Brothers sofa

Kartell- Lounge chair- part of ContamiNation 2017 by Kartell

Kartell- Lounge chair- part of ContamiNation 2017 by Kartell

Kartell- Tokujin Yoshioka chair- truly 3d

Kartell- Tokujin Yoshioka chair- truly 3d

Kartell-narrative installations

Kartell-narrative installations

Lexus Design Awards-Pixel by Hiroto Yoshizoe

Lexus Design Awards-Pixel by Hiroto Yoshizoe

Lexus Design Awards-Pixel by Hiroto Yoshizoe

Lexus Design Awards-Pixel by Hiroto Yoshizoe

LouisVuitton-Atelier Oi- BeltChair-ObjetNomades

LouisVuitton-Atelier Oi- BeltChair-ObjetNomades

Louis Vuitton-Atelier Oi- ObjetNomades

Louis Vuitton-Atelier Oi- Objet Nomades

Louis Vuitton- Campana Brothers

Louis Vuitton- Campana Brothers

Louis Vuitton-Objet Nomades-update

Louis Vuitton-Conecrtina Chairs by Raw Edges -Objet Nomades-update for 2017

Louis Vuitton-Palava- Patricia Urquiola- Objet Nomades

Louis Vuitton-Palava- Patricia Urquiola- Objet Nomades

Magis-Brut-Konstantine Gricic

Magis-Brut-Konstantine Gricic

Magis-Chair update

Magis-Chair One, update by Konstantine Gricic

MINI LIVING-SO-IL Prototype House

MINI LIVING-SO-IL Prototype House

MINI LIVING-SO-IL Prototype House

MINI LIVING-SO-IL Prototype House

MINI LIVING-SO-IL Prototype House

MINI LIVING-SO-IL Prototype House

MINI LIVING-SO-IL Prototype House

MINI LIVING-SO-IL Prototype House

Minotti-new collection

Minotti- new collection

Missoni Home

Missoni Home

Modus-new styling update

Modus-new styling update

Moooi

Moooi- Beautiful narratives with the photographer Levon Biss

Moooi

Moooi- Bedroom narratives

Moooi - Marcel Wanders

Moooi – Marcel Wanders new sofa

Moooi

Moooi- lighting

Moooi

Moooi- From furniture to sun glasses Moooi diversifies its product offering.

Moooi lighting

Moooi lighting

Moooi lighting

Moooi lighting

Moooi-Insects photography by Levon Biss

Moooi-Insects photography by Levon Biss

Moooi-new sofa

Moooi-new sofa

Rock also continues to teach ongoing at Central Saint Martins BA Product Design and MA Industrial Design courses and runs his own short courses in product design through the University.

Thank you  Rock Galpin for your selection.

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