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Danish and Italian designers join forces at Milan Design Week 2019.


Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer runs her company File Under Pop from a spacious first-floor apartment overlooking Copenhagen’s Marble Church. She specializes in the craft of colorful handmade clay tiles—a passion she shares with Elisa Ossino, whose Milan studio focuses on residential interiors, product design and set design. In the early 2000s, the two met in Sicily, hit it off and have joined forces under the brand H+O for this year’s Milan Design Week.

“We wanted to create something new,” says Ossino, “and had worked on the concept of an apartment that also serves as a gallery—a regular home where we can experiment with interiors, and where both of us can contribute with our knowledge and expertise.”

Over the past year, Akvama Hoffmeyer and Ossino have been overseeing the r...

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