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These magnetic vases by the Japanese design duo @weplus.jp teem with tiny steel rods that can be shaped and styled. Fittingly called Swarm, the bristly and cold texture of the designs provide a counterpoint to the delicacy of the flowers they hold.
📷: @dezeen
During #MilanDesignWeek, @rossana_orlandi's exhibition venue in a former textile factory is an exceptional source for unusual designs and up-and-coming talent from around the world. The team from the design magazine @dezeen visited the show and singled out five designers to watch.
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#milanogram2018 #floraldesign

@martinamondadori, the editor in chief of @cabanamagazine, introduced herself at our #MilanDesignWeek panel by saying that we are all editors of our own Instagram feeds. “We all transmit ourselves there, sometimes even subconsciously,” she said. “My way of seeing the world is through craftsmanship, patterns and colors.” Indeed, this image is quintessentially Martina, posted shortly after the birth of her daughter with this caption: "Welcoming baby Cosima into a world full of patterns, and pink, of course. Embroidered baby ballerinas from #Uzbekistan on the wonderful #Ikat by @nathaliefarmanfarma used to decorate her room."
📷: @martinamondadori
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#milanogram2018

During #MilanDesignWeek, @rossana_orlandi's exhibition venue in a former textile factory is an exceptional source for unusual designs and up-and-coming talent from around the world. The team from the design magazine @dezeen visited the show and singled out five designers to watch. Their first selection is the Korean design firm @brdrlss that created acrylic furniture and accessories that refract multihued shadows. If you grew up in the '70s and '80s, these technicolor pieces might remind you of #PlayPlax, thin and colorful plastic construction toys that were wildly popular with children.
📷: @dezeen
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#milanogram2018

At the house that the 20th-century architect and designer #OsvaldoBorsani built, the rooms are composed of his furniture designs, pieces by other renowned designers and artists, and found objects. The entryway, pictured here, is exemplary Borsani: The floor is made of the same marble used in the #Duomo, the railings are #Murano glass, there is a #LuigiFabris sculpture on the stairs, flowers are arranged in a #LucioFontana vase, and as the light changes throughout the day, the color of the room changes subtly, too. Behind the house, an archive that contains more than 30,000 @osvaldoborsaniofficial artifacts, including sketches and photographs, allows visitors to see how groundbreaking designs were first imagined after wandering among them IRL.
📷: @littlebigbell
On the fourth day of @MilanDesignWeek, @littlebigbell, a blogger and doctor who lives in London, visited #VillaBorsani. Photos of a Borsani armchair alongside the sketch that inspired it, as well as images of @muckfloral's contemporary arrangements throughout the house, are all part of her Stories takeover, up now ✌️.
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#milanogram2018 #designtakeover

During our #MilanDesignWeek panel on Monday, an audience member asked whether our visual connectedness is causing style everywhere to become too similar, putting an end to local, original craft. The industrial designer @yvesbehar responded by saying that in fact he’s witnessed the return of the maker. “Making things by hand, such as sketching, prototyping, building – and witnessing that process – is a much bigger part of what is interesting for people,” Yves said. “It’s now easier to discover makers and become better craftspeople than it was even a few years ago. You can follow makers of all types, visit studios, and see factories all over the world on Instagram.” Yves, who lives in San Francisco and founded the design and branding firm @fuseprojectsf, shared this photo during the panel of sketches past and present, including drawings for the @hermanmiller #sayl. “Thinking about the design process without sketching is like thinking about a conversation as just its conclusion.”
📷: @yvesbehar
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#milanogram2018 #onmydesk #deskview

#OpenSky, a reflective sculpture by @phillipksmith3, and its host, a 16th-century palazzo, have a mesmerizing dialogue. The artist, who grew up in California, is best known for large installations that play with light and their environments, many of which have been placed in beautiful locations in his home state such as Joshua Tree and Laguna Beach. Now, he can add #PalazzoIsimbardi – and its columns, arches and frescos – to the list of environments he has sparked and transformed.
📷: @thismintymoment
@thismintymoment, a photographer and art director who also lives in California, took over our Story for the third day of #MilanDesignWeek. His hypnotic videos of Open Sky, and so much more, are up now ✌️.
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#designtakeover #milanogram2018

The editor and design consultant @michelleogundehin, one of our #MilanDesignWeek panelists, uses her phone as a visual notebook and then curates it for @Instagram, by color. “It's collated as a series of ever-evolving mood boards,” she said on Monday. “It's where I make my notes make sense.” During the panel, someone in the audience asked how much technology is changing design. “The purpose of design is timeless: designers trying to make the world better,” Michelle said. “Technology is just another 'material' in their toolbox, but it shouldn’t change the point of design."

@dimoregallery’s exhibition of 20th-century furniture at #MilanDesignWeek includes this rooftop oasis featuring furniture by the late #GaeAulenti, who was one of just a few women who found success in design in postwar Italy and is best known for transforming a Paris train station into the #MuséedOrsay. Her career was prolific and varied, and she designed these colorful and tubular pieces in 1964. She called the collection Locus Solus, or “only place.”
📷: @whichivan
@serendella, an experience designer who lives in Shenzhen, China, and @whichivan, a design student from Milan, took over our Story for the second day of Milan Design Week. While this sanctuary isn’t the only place they recommend seeing, it is at the top of their list, up now ✌️.
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#designtakeover #milanogram2018

To kick off Milan Design Week, we co-hosted a panel with the design magazine @dezeen on the evolving relationship between tech and traditional design. Each of the panelists – @yvesbehar, @marcusfairs, @martinamondadori, @michelleogundehin and the @Instagram head of design @ianspalter – also shared favorite photos and discussed the roles that @Instagram plays in their work as designers, curators and editors. The panel took place at a 20th-century palazzo (#becauseMilan), which naturally led to group photos in the courtyard, then to this Boomerang, art-directed by Yves. Later this week, we'll be sharing insights from the conversation alongside each panelist's images.
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#designteambts #milandesignweek #milanogram2018

For the art director @benjaminbuddy, design is about creating an emotional connection. “It's the tool we use to bridge the gap between the form and idea,” he said. To inspire him as he designs for @instagram, his workspace includes memories of things he's collected and experienced over the years. “My desk is a much cleaner and minimal version of myself,” he said. “I have a rock trophy, a couple of plants, a small metal llama and a wood statue of a frog.” And, in this photo, a kit that Ben created to welcome new members to the design team. “It's all the beautiful and weird things I love.”
📷: @benjaminbuddy
For the launch of @design, we asked six designers we admire to share their #deskview and their design philosophies. #fromwhereiwork
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#onmydesk #bts

@elinarashkova, a UX designer at #digimarkstudio in Sofia, Bulgaria, describes her desk as a productive haven, and a hangout. “It’s just the perfect little spot in the corner,” she said. “I can put my headphones on, go into my own world, and often the others in the office forget that I’m there. Other times, it’s the best corner in the room, where all the laughs and happy noise happens.” The things Elina keeps on her desk are also varied: “Succulents, cactuses and #Minions live together there in peace.”
📷: @elinarashkova
For the launch of @design, we asked six designers we admire to share their #deskview and their design philosophies. #fromwhereiwork
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#uxdesign #deskview #onmydesk

This was a temporary workspace for the designer and artist @camillewalala, who set up her sketchbook next to a pancake breakfast while on holiday on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. It's not so different from her desk at home in London: It's bold and bright, and covered with stationary, collages and good pencils. And her London workspace also includes something delicious. Well, sort of: “A fake ice cream sundae that I brought back from Japan,” Camille said, describing the most unusual thing on her desk. “The kind used to show what a restaurant has on its menu.”
📷: @camillewalala
For the launch of @design, we asked six designers we admire to share their #deskview and their design philosophies. #fromwhereiwork
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#deskbreakfast #onmydesk #desksetup

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