Milan Design Week Highlights: Part 2

Milan Design Week is over and done with. We’ve all digested the awe-inspiring spaces, appreciated the contrast of a 16th-century castle with a day-old 3D-printed installation, and taken in the colors, textures and forms. As you probably know, we sent nonstop Instagram updates, sharing hundreds of live photos which you can still check out in our Instagram highlights! To follow, here’s our first bit of coverage from the fair, so scroll down for some of the best.

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Milan Design Week Highlights: Part 1

Milan Design Week is over and done with. We’ve all digested the awe-inspiring spaces, appreciated the contrast of a 16th-century castle with a day-old 3D-printed installation, and taken in the colors, textures and forms. As you probably know, we sent nonstop Instagram updates, sharing hundreds of live photos which you can still check out in our Instagram highlights! To follow, here’s our first bit of coverage from the fair, so scroll down for some of the best.

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A sense of glocality

ImasD is a design and strategy studio based in Medellin, Colombia, which is recognized for its work with brands that adapt to change. Today marks the start of a new collaboration between kriteria and the Colombian design studio, with imasD contributing a series of posts on topics related to design trends, branding, and Latin American identity.

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Here’s Agnes: the studio that revised Mesoamerican design history

Guatemala City-based Studio Agnes has created a revisionist history for Central America, developing a design collection that reflects what might have transpired without the interference of European colonization. Their latest collection, ‘Living-Stone’ offers an alternative outcome to their region’s history, envisioning design in a post-human utopia.

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Our top 12 picks from the Latin American Design Awards

The LAD Awards strive to be a symbol of the highest creative achievement and a hallmark of distinction, so being a winner at LAD Awards is a great platform for Latin American designers to get the word out to brands, agencies and studios around the world, that there is indeed talent in the region. Keep reading for 12 of the most beautiful and creative ideas that caught our eye at the 2019 edition in Lima, Peru.

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The new 902: all about this warehouse-chic opening in Medellin

Concept stores, disruptive formats, retail experiences: with the world growing evermore digital, brick and mortar stores have been forced to create experiences with a bit of added value. Luckily, Medellin concept store owner Claudia Correa has always been a bit averse to the traditional. Her design store, 902 Showroom, was founded ten years ago on the idea that people appreciate a little extra, and an alternative to the same old malls shop goes a long way.

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Experience an indoor-outdoor moment at Bogota’s latest bakery spot, Masa

Bogota’s newest and slickest bakery setting is courtesy of soup-and-sandwich emporium Masa, with its brand new spot in the city’s traditionally residential neighborhood of Usaquén. The new Masa, a Bogotá establishment aptly named after the Spanish word meaning dough, opened its doors in September with an airy, 7500-square-foot open-plan restaurant featuring a café, a bakery, a dining room, a retail space, and a patio.

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Blurring the line between art and design: MASA Gallery

Mexico City-based MASA gallery walks the blurry line between art and design. Launched in February by Hector Esrawe, curator Agé Salajõe, OMR gallery co-founder Cristobal Riestra, and designer Brian Thoreen, the nomadic design, art and architecture gallery features 15 of the city’s top artists and designers, and aims to challenge convention to present Mexico’s contemporary design scene on a global platform, and in unexpected, evolving settings throughout the capital.

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Concept Stores Part 5: Cartagena, Colombia

Our series on concept stores selling Latin American goods continues today in Cartagena, Colombia, the vacation capital and coastal gem of the country. While they say the best time to visit is usually Christmas or New Year’s, Cartagena enjoys relatively cooler weather until about April, which means there’s still time to make it your next travel destination. And if you’re wondering what the shopping scene for local goods is like, here are our top three spots for discovering Colombian design in all its diversity.

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Design in 2019: A Q&A with the director of Medellín Design Week

Colombian designer David del Valle is a visionary within the world of Latin American design. With his international and simultaneously Colombian perspective, del Valle has managed to represent the country in the most important design fairs in the world, returning to his home country with lessons he manages to inject into a variety of initiatives and projects. We sat down with the creator of Tu Taller Design studio and the Medellin Design Week fair, to talk about what 2018 taught him and what he’s looking forward to in 2019.

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The American Design Hot List: Sight Unseen x Moda Operandi

At kriteria we are dedicated to covering what’s happening in Latin America… but when our favorite New York-based design blog, Sight Unseen, announced their trunk show with major e-commerce platform Moda Operandi, featuring past and current winners of their American Design Hot List (Sight Unseen’s annual editorial award for the 20 names to know in American design), we knew we had to cover it.

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Six N. Five creates a surreal universe with its latest concept, Holo-Scandinavian

The slick new concept behind Barcelona studio Six N. Five’s latest collection combines mid-century Scandinavian design with the futuristic feel of holographic furniture. Repurposing the clean lines, organic curves and minimalism of the celebrated Scandinavian style, the collection dubbed ‘Holo-Scandinavian’ takes this design aesthetic into a surreal universe of the far future or distant past— we can’t be quite sure.

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Net-A-Porter's Colombian Collective brings together a cache of exclusive designs

Just this month, Net-A-Porter launched The Colombian Collective, a curation of brands and exclusive capsule collections from designers tied to this South American country’s flourishing design scene. Participating labels include Johanna Ortiz, Silvia Tcherassi, Esteban Cortazar, Carolina Santo Domingo, Castaner x Mercedes Salazar, Mallarino, Bibi Marini, Verdelimón, Verdi, Muzungu Sisters, Hunting Season, Magnetic Midnight and Lazy Poet.

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10 names worth remembering from Design Miami/ 2018

Miami Art Week is known for bringing together the art community’s biggest buyers, gallerists, and some of the world’s heftiest price tags. But just a few steps from the 1.4 million-square-foot Art Basel Miami Beach, art enthusiasts can wander over to Design Miami, a smaller gathering of design connoisseurs featuring collectible design galleries and meticulously crafted exhibitions.

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