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Rossana Orlandi. Photography Courtesy of Giovanni Gastel

Milanese gallerist Rossana Orlandi is presenting the second edition of the Ro Plastic Prize, awarded to cutting-edge design and conservation projects that challenge our notions about how objects are made, while saving the earth at the same time. Part of Orlandi’s GuiltlessPlastic initiative, the global competition spans five categories, from industrial design to packaging solutions to innovative textiles, with an awards ceremony for the five 2020 winners to be held during Milan Design Week in April. “Contributing to the elimination of plastic waste is more than a passion,” says Orlandi. “It’s a moral duty.” Right: The 2019 home textiles winner, designed by Cairo-based Reform Studio. For more information go to 


On the heels of the Bauhaus movement’s centenary, New York City–based textile and wall covering company Designtex is highlighting the contributions of two prominent circa-1920s designers with the introduction of the Bauhaus Project. Adapted from original works by Gunta Stölzl and Anni Albers, who played a significant role in the development of the Bauhaus’s weaving program in the early-20th century, the collections comprise eight textiles and eight wall coverings.
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Headed to Lisbon? On the Avenida de Liberdade, the family-run interior architecture firm Casa do Passadiço has opened a 2,200-square-foot showroom featuring furnishings, antiques, art, and more. In London, French interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch recently revamped the two-Michelin-star Hélène Darroze restaurant at the Connaught hotel. German fashion designer Jil Sander has reimagined her Milan storefront on Via Sant’Andrea to function as a retail/gallery hybrid concept, with rotating site-specific exhibitions on view. On the Athens Riviera, book a room at the luxurious Four Seasons Astir Palace hotel, newly renovated by Manhattan-headquartered Meyer Davis. China bound? New York City–based firms Kohn Pedersen Fox and Yabu Pushelberg have joined forces to complete the architecture and interiors of the 48-story, 195-room Park Hyatt Shenzhen. 

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