Kara Mann for Baker / Milling Road launch, Paris

American furnishings company Baker have decided to hand the reins of their casual, more accessible Milling Road brand to designer Kara Mann for a complete relaunch. The Chicago and NY-based designer has devised 54 pieces of furniture for the line, available for purchase this month. With crisp and bold lines, mixing metallic accents and earthy stone, the collection palette is dominated by black, white, and dusty purples and grays—colors that "have a bit of dirt thrown in," explains the designer. After its December debut in High Point (North Carolina), the Kara Mann collection for Baker / Milling Road has just been launched in Paris at the Baker showroom (66 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris).

Muuto Talent Award winner: Tuomas Auvinen, 45° lamp

Finnish designer Tuomas Auvinen has won the Muuto Talent Award 2014 with his "45°" lamp, selected among 400 design entries submitted by Nordic design schools students. The Scandinavian design brand launched the competition six years ago to "encourage to submit an entry where the (students) express their own story while providing a perspective on a Muuto product." 30 years old Tuomas Auvinen studies at the Institute of Design in Lahti, Finland, and is currently doing an exchange semester in The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Charles & Ray Eames in Singapore: Essential Eames

Charles & Ray Eames: Of course you know their designs by heart - they're absolute design royalty, so to speak. And you wonder if this exhibition - held at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands until January - is worth visiting? "Essential Eames" ("A Herman Miller exhibition", says the baseline, leaving but few doubts about the promotional aspect of the event) was set up with the help of the designers' grandson, Eames Demetrios. And it shows (or so I liked to think) in the intimate dimension of the exhibition; a wide array of photographs, an almost too-sweet-to-be-true proposal letter from Charles Eames, a design professor at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, to Miss Bernice (AKA "Ray") Kaiser, a glamorous shot of Charles Eames - a James Bond look-alike - and Eero Saarinen in tuxedos (1940) are among the highlights. How they et & matched, their design process, the objects, the houses (real ones, and of cards), the propaganda "Glimpses of America" movie... Yes, everything is to be found here. Somehow, though, haven't we already seen and heard a bit too much? No real surprise there. What would have been really exciting? A "cross-exhibition" with their British alter egos, Robin & Lucienne Day. THAT would be something (sigh... but check the pictures after the jump anyway).