Our editor, Karen Roos, was in Milan this year for Design Week 2009, and you’ll find her highlights of the show on pages 28-31 of Issue 62, on shelf now. Here are Karen’s highlights again, but this time with links for you to follow to find out much, much more:


Makoto Azuma‘s living carpets, created using a plant-derived, biodegradable fabric, sound utterly gorgeous. Read more about his ‘Time of Moss’ in this article at DesignBoom.


More traditional floor coverings are being revolutionised by Michaela Schleypen’s Floor to Heaven design studio. See more of her carpets at Architonic, and read about her combination of ancient techniques with modern expression in this post at Stylehive.


The Diesel creative team and Moroso collaborated to make the pillowy escape known as the Cumulus Chair. I’m certain many a longing glance came its way from footsore Design Week attendees!


Moroso had another heavenly chair on show, but this time made of paper. The Paper Cloud chair is designed by Tokujin Yoshioka. Read more about the designer’s thoughts about his use of this material in this post at Dezeen.


Tom Dixon was showing stripped-back, utilitarian design with his just-launched Utility Series, including the Screw Table. Visit his website to see the rest of the Utility Series.



And just for fun, here’s Swedish collective Front‘s Blow Away Vase for Moooi, which they created by using computer software to imagine a Delft vase being affected by a gust of wind. I say it’s just for fun, but the Victoria and Albert Museum have acquired one for their collection, so it’s serious for sure!