As always, Japan was well-represented at Salone del Mobile Milano last month, with Sou Fujimoto creating a forest of spotlights for clothing retailer H&M's COS brand, Panasonic's "Kukan — The Invention of Space" installation, as well as separate exhibitions, including the Experimental Creations showcase of innovative design and the unveiling of the entire series of 2016/ Arita-ware project collaborations. Here's our pick of a few unusual ideas that also showed in Milan.

Nendo packs a comic punch

Design-week regular Nendo (Oki Sato) returned with a unique installation commissioned by the New York Friedman Benda gallery. Displayed at the Chiostro Minore di San Simpliciano courtyard, Nendo's 50 Manga Chairs take the expressive and narrative nature of manga and applies it to furniture.