The 50th Milan furniture fair was crawling with millionaires—but are designers being exploited by having to make work for free?

This article titled “Designs for life won’t make you a living” was written by Justin McGuirk, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 18th April 2011 16.40 UTC

Last week, as it does every April, the design world descended on Milan for the furniture fair, accompanied by thousands of journalists and an army of PRs. As the designers and other VIPs moved from champagne reception to champagne reception in chauffeur-driven cars, you could have been forgiven for thinking that they do very well for themselves, thank you.

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