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.