Some go to the Vatican… We go to Milan Design Week, our favourite design rendez-vous of the year!
Once again the number of designers per square meter was stretched to the limit and the city was bursting with exhibitions.
We started our journey by walking up the aisles of Rho Fiera, the main exhibition hall packed with more furniture manufacturers than one can digest. These are the ones that stood out for us-
Our first stop was lighting at EuroLuce. TossB had on display their Bow lamp (1) whose exaggerated curve seems to naturally balance its own weight. Marset heroed their Concentric wall light (2) which echoes the effect of our favourite design classic by Louis Poulsen. We also loved the simplicity of these wall mounted light bulbs with metal spokes of different sizes catching light and casting shadows (3). The Foscarini showcase stood out again this year with illustrated backdrops for their products, such as the Lighting cages (4) which appear as though their birds have flown away into the wall paper.
Our second stop was furniture. It was magical to hear and see an object that plays good music. Paolo Cappello’s Music cabinet for Miniform (5) is a little futuristic yet nostalgic and is a great example of combining tech with everyday objects. It also comes in a range of gorgeous pastel colours.
On the hunt for some Copper furniture, we came across De Castelli, a renowned name in the metal industry for its excellence and creativity. For the Salone, they partnered with designers to create a range of furniture to showcase their craftsmanship and attention to detail. We found our treasure in the Longing Cabinet by Nika Zupanc (6).
It was also great to see an old favourite- The Francis Mirror by Constance Guisset (7) reflecting Petitefritures’ new collection.
Louis Poulsen had an eye catching stand design playing with lights and steps inspired by Escher paintings.
Finally heaving through the last few hangars we made some time to venture into FuoriSalone.
We started by visiting Nendo’s Invisible Outlines exhibit directed by Japanese designer Oki Sato which brought together 16 of the brand’s projects spanning across seven rooms.
The overall space was stark white and felt overly serene. We were mesmerised by the transparent silicone Jellyfish Vases breathing silently at the bottom of a water tank, effortlessly holding flowers.
The central room felt like a large sanctuary where visitors wandered aimlessly through a maze of white outlined hedges. The exhibitions feature a plethora of wonderful experimentations of outlines representing the movements of everyday objects such as books, milk cartons and furniture. There was also a beautiful study of surfaces flowing to become volumes under the weight of invisible liquids.
One of the projects included a clothing and accessories collaboration with Jill Sandler called Objectextile. The two brands created unique print designs made by layering items suspended inside cubes.
We ended our design race at the exhibition of Milanese interior design firm Dimore Studio where each room was styled in bold colours with furniture emulating Art Deco and 70’s nostalgia, supported by loud music from the era. Fab’!
Looking forward to what’s in store for next year!