Japanese design studio Yoy's hyper-minimal light simply casts a lampshade-shaped beam onto the wall.

On display at the Berlin Design Selection: Hettler Tullman's rattan chair, a modern take on the class wicker chair.

Norwegian designer duo Vera & Kyte's multifunctional standing wardrobe piece.

Dutch designers Lex Pott and David Derksen let mirrors oxidize to create these geometric patterns.

At Ventura Lambrate, the walls of the Berlin Reflect gallery were covered, top to bottom, with an aluminum material.

Tiny dioramas at an exhibit on architectural models, seen at Ventura Lambrate.

Mirrors by Studio WM.

The Kinetic Dance of Hangers, by Olive Design, is a simple, beautiful machine: crank the handle next to the hangers, and they rotate, making the lightbulbs undulate.

Move coffee cups on the “Solaris” Table to create a cosmos of dancing lights. Seen at Wallpaper* Handmade.

Nendo and clothing store COS have elevated the white-collared shirt...

...making it the centerpiece of an optical illusion art installation.

Hella Jongerius's latest candy-colored lounge chair for Vitra.

Jasper Morrison has reintroduced his Hal chair for Vitra, with arms.

Max Design's Inception-style display of furniture.

A Zaha Hadid coffee table.

A rainbow of Eames chairs, seen outside Vitra.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby (designers of the London Olympic torch) redesign the dining room tabletop, at Vitra.

Toys for mini-designers, at Magis Me Too.

The Kenny chair for Moroso, by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay.

Kenny is made of just one giant loop of fabric.

Design research studio Salamanca Design & Co's Pure exhibit lets users pick and choose scents and colors to create conceptual flavor profiles. The Salamanca team plans to document the results.

Seen at the Swedish Design Goes Milan pavillion, a 3-D version of traditional paint chips. Kolormondo is a new tool for designers and art students to see color more accurately.

At the Delirious Home exhibit, French design students made a lamp that’s switched on and off when you wave at the shadows. It was inspired by Peter Pan’s shadow.

From Belgian design studio Per/Use, the first cork couch.

It took a $3 million 3-D laser cutting machine to create the design's curved frame.

3M (maker of the Post-it note) worked with Brooklyn-based design firm SO-IL to create a kite from 3M’s Dichroic Glass Finishes. Those panels are actually clear; under the light, it becomes technicolored.

This summer in the Marais district of Paris, a new neighborhood will form. La Jeune Reu will have food shops and clubs designed and opened by designers. Just imagine: a bakery from Nendo, a trattoria from Patricia Urquiola, and a speakeasy by Ingo Mauer.

Studio Jobs's sensational wallpaper patterns.

A killer workspace, at Moooi.

A kayak on the ceiling, in one of Moooi's furniture-and-photography displays.

Visitors can color their own fish and watch them pop up in the interactive aquarium at the Tokyo Design exhibit.

The Holdables series of fashionable wearables uses OLED technology to perform silly tasks--like kissing the camera to trigger the flash and lens. Seen at the Austrian Confession of Design exhibit.

The Dada cardboard cradle, by Ulrike Leitner, also at the Austrian Confession of Design exhibit.


The Best Eye Candy From Milan Design Week [Updated]

From Eames chairs to interactive light shows to a camera that's activated with a kiss—the most eye-catching wares seen during one week in Milan. [UPDATED with even more goodies!]

Each April, designers from all of the world descend upon Milan to display their wares, from chairs to lamps and more. The bulk of it is market-ready furniture. But venture outside the official fairgrounds, and you'll find a cornucopia of student exhibits, interactive installations, and conceptual products. Yours truly hit the pavement all week to bring you some of the best from Milan. (It likely goes without saying, but the magnitude of Milan Design Week means that we can't see it all). Here's a smattering of the impressive work I spotted, now updated to include the full week's worth of traipsing through the city.

Mirrors by Studio WM
[Photos by Margaret Rhodes for Fast Company]

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