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Milan 2010 in Color

If Milan 2010 were introduced as a new Crayola color, some might argue that "Ash Cloud Grey" would be the most appropriate shade. Air travel through northern Europe at the tail end of the fair was an impossibility due to the eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland, so rather than continue to reflect on the city-wide scope of international design on display, Salone ended with a hard-stop for many. Attentions were turned to making one's way—if not back home, then somewhere else—and labyrthine terrestial voyages ensued. Rather than let the volcanic dust remain the predominant shade, I've selected some of the best and brightest that I saw. Click through to the slideshow to see a selection of hue-tiful pieces that truly popped.

 

It doesn't look like a sheet of loose leaf, but this task light from Swedish lighting company Wästberg and multi-disciplinary Swedish designers Claesson Koivisto Rune is, in fact, made of paper. Developed by Södra, a forest industry company (Swedish, natch), the material is called DuraPulp, a compound made from 100% renewable fibers that can withstand heat and water, but is totally biodegradable.

 

 

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