Nightingale Floors (Uguisu-Bari 鴬張り) were invented in Japan around the 17th century. By means of a simple timber and nails construction detail, the weight of a person walking on the floor boards was automatically translated into squeaking sounds, alerting anyone in the adjacent sleeping quarters. The rubbing of the nails up and down with metal clips is what produced a bird-like sounding friction. This alarm made soundless moves visible to the inhabitants of the house
Dana Tomic Hughes of Yellowtrace was the eyes and ears of Mr. Yatzer while he was missing from this year’s Italian design marathon. Discover their hand-picked selection of the best projects and installations from Milan Design Week
Making their usual colorful appearance at the show was Finnish textile brand Marimekko, who displayed rhombus-shaped swatches of the new season’s fabrics across the walls of their booth like a giant psychedelic jigsaw. Photo by Ali Morris.
Kilim, or urban rugs, are handmade by cooperatives employing Berber women to weave them. The patterns and color differentiate them from Berber rugs, which are handmade by individuals and have their own patterns and dyes.