7 Things We Want from Milan Design Week

Some things remain unaffected by this bad economy: Porn sites. Gossip Girl plots. Lady GaGa’s trampy wardrobe. And lucky for us, the New York Times reports that this year’s Milan Furniture Week somehow managed to sidestep you doom and gloom you might have expected given all of the “design boom or bust” conversations floating around as of late. Sort of.

“Behind the bravado, some manufacturers cut costs by introducing fewer products than usual, and designers swapped sob stories of canceled projects and dwindling royalties…There was also an uncomfortable awareness that the investment decisions to green-light this season’s new products and ventures, like Skitsch [a new Italian furniture company], had been made over a year ago, when the industry’s prospects looked very different.”

While the market might be tougher, it wasn’t any harder for us to find an overload of virtual design candy to drool over. After the jump, join us in a game of What We’d Buy for Our Apartment If We Had a Citibank Bonus. Enjoy!

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1. Masters Chair by Philippe Starck [via Designboom]

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2. Starbrick light by Olafur Eliasson [via Designboom]

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3. Roy McMakin’s bureau for Established & Sons [via Design Observer]

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4. Ovankul Table by Reiko Kaneko [via MoCo Loco]

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5. Fluoro lamp shade by Tom Dixon [via Dezeen]

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6. Montanara by Gaetano Pesce [via Designboom]

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7. Flower Table by Tord Boontje [via Designboom]

Finally, take a gander at these graffiti sculptures by Jordi Canudas and Andrew Haythornthwaite, courtesy of Core77.