The 54th edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile closed last month after welcoming 310,840 visitors through its doors. A highlight from the renowned event was Michele De Lucchi’s animating workplace installation called ‘The Walk’ – a never-ending pathway that wound through various workplace scenarios. Michele’s aim was to put stress on the importance of moving to both stimulate creativity and promote healthy lifestyle through exercise.

Michele’s ‘The Walk’ is part of a wave of new innovative design concepts that encourage healthy living within the buzz of modern lifestyles. Another example is the UK’s first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond, which is set to open later this month in King’s Cross, London. The project feeds into a wave of popularity for natural swimming opportunities. Ooze Architects, who worked in collaboration with artist Marjetica Potrc, comment: “The aim is to communicate with visitors, to describe the balance of man with nature and the balance of living in a sustainable city.” Read about this unique project on page 22.

May presents plenty of reasons to move around the city as two of the year’s most important design events welcome visitors later this month. Clerkenwell Design Week – 19-21 May – will be celebrating its sixth year by showcasing leading UK and international brands and companies across an array of showroom events, popup exhibitions and special installations. May Design Series – 17-19 May – is presenting 500 brands from 26 countries as well as a three day conference program at London’s ExCeL.

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