One of the highlights of this year's fair was found on the 2nd floor of the Triennale di Milano, tucked inside a black, crepe-stripped bungalow and radiating energy and light. Yii is an exhibition of 50 objects, commissioned from 15 Taiwanese professional designers paired with local master craftsmen. The initiative was under the creative direction of Droog co-founder Gijs Bakker, who's sly gracenotes touch several of the pieces in a really wonderful way. Yii derives from the word 'Yi,' meaning "change and transformation," and all of the pieces explore the journey from the traditional to the contemporary.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.