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FILE - This Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo shows chairs designed by French designer Philippe Starck displayed at the Milan Design Fair, in Milan, Italy. The sprawling Milan Furniture Show, which closes Sunday, April 13, 2014, is the largest and most prestigious in the world, capitalizing on Italian excellence in furniture design and craftsmanship. The weeklong happening, which spills out into Milan venues with numerous side events, is also increasingly the launching pad for high-level collaborations among the fashion, architecture, technological and design worlds. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)
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FILE - This Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo shows chairs designed by French designer Philippe Starck displayed at the Milan Design Fair, in Milan, Italy. The sprawling Milan Furniture Show, which closes Sunday, April 13, 2014, is the largest and most prestigious in the world, capitalizing on Italian excellence in furniture design and craftsmanship. The weeklong happening, which spills out into Milan venues with numerous side events, is also increasingly the launching pad for high-level collaborations among the fashion, architecture, technological and design worlds. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

Invention loves collaboration in Milan

By Colleen Barry

The Associated Press

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MILAN — Collaboration drove invention during Milan’s annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events, yielding the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy’s most demanding chefs and sculptures that double as furniture.

The sprawling show, which closed April 13, is the largest in the world, capitalizing on Italian excellence in furniture design and craftsmanship. The weeklong happening, which spills out into Milan venues with numerous side events, is also increasingly the launching pad for high-level collaborations among the fashion, architecture, technological and design worlds.


‘‘The market is big and growing for those who have a strong brand,” said the presiding chairman of the international furniture show, Kartell CEO Claudio Luti, noting that visitors from 160 countries were on hand to see new products from some 2,400 furniture makers at the Rho convention center near Milan. ‘‘It is a great opportunity and a great recognition of the quality of innovation.”

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