It is customary in a review of the Milan furniture fair to round up the year’s best products and, dare I say it, the “hot new trends”. But this was not a particularly strong year for innovative products, with many companies playing it safe or re-upholstering old classics. So let’s just accept that there was a more compelling story to tell. This groundswell of participative design, rapid manufacturing techniques and hacking is starting to challenge Milan’s design orthodoxy, making us forget about products and think about processes. Because the furniture fairs of the not-too-distant future will be for exhibiting new services and technologies, not just objects.
Justin McGuirk, The Guardian - interesting review
on the Milan Furniture Fair