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With hundreds of events and exhibits to attend we always feel like we only scratch the surface. A few highlights that made for an unforgettable week.
Wallpaper Magazine and Caesarstone hosted a VIP dinner to launch Philippe Malouin’s installation – a giant swing set – at Palazzo Serbelloni. The guest-list was a mix of design heavyweights, emerging talents, the crews from Wallpaper and Caeasarstone and other Canadians from the Interior Design Show and Azure. We were pinching each other the whole night and super honoured to be Caesarstone’s guests after our collaboration together on the central bar Shed at last fall’s IDS West.
The feature image at the top of the post is Kelly enjoying a pre-dinner swing with a glass of Veuve
“Jeux Noirs” – black games Dessert by Studio Appetit
Mario Bellini celebrating after popping the balloon from our dessert – to release salt inside
Nendo’s retrospective took over a huge space, showcasing a wide range of products for Glas Italia as well as showcasing his design process. His exhibits are always a highlight because they show the thinking that leads to the studio’s finished work.
One of several rooms showcasing the exploration of glass furniture
Soft glass table
Design process of a chair
Kisame – the Japanese word for rain dripping from a tree branch. One of the twenty bottles in a series exploring the relationship between language and design. rain.
The Tom Dixon VIP party included Tom, with other members of the studio, on stage performing for the crowd.
The Wallpaper Handmade & Afghanmade exhibitions are always highlights – unlikely pairings of designers and manufacturers exploring each other’s talents and expertise.
The Rotunda Serotina was a dynamic and interactive installation of American cherry: Attendees were invited to take a wooden plate from the structure, creating a digital – albeit slow – effect with the most analog and tactile participation
David Collins Studio worked with Cutipol on a set of spoons reinvented for modern use
Nanamarquina developed a new round rug with weavers from Afghanastan
We spent an afternoon at temporary exhibit with the largest collect of Leonardo da Vinci’s work in Italy. Standing in front of the Vitruvian Man was monumental – the man is celebrated because his process was much like a designer – exploring the meeting point of technology and art, and using a scientific process in creative pursuits.
The week ended with a private party at Barnaba Fornasetti’s home. The atmosphere can only be described as a party scene from a Felinni film set in a wonderland of Fornasetti artifacts.
Plates in a hallway
Magazine files Vogue circa 1955
The Salone brings out the best and most successful of the established designers, but it also brings out the young, students and designers who are just emerging onto the international stage. These are the people who will be designing the future, and give us the best taste of what tomorrow might look like.
Lee Broom took over a small space in the city to display his lighting, furniture and objects. The space was decked out like a department store in monochromic grey.
Sebastian Herkner showed a beautiful pendant for Fontana Arte and a full range of glass containers, lighting and tables for Pulpo
Philippe Malouin’s collaboration with Caesarstone showed an innovative use of the slab material for a series of vases and tables. As well as the Eclipse sconce for Roll & Hill.
Apparatus Studio from New York took on their own space this year in the 5Vie district across from BDW. They are capturing the essence of the hand made American craftsmanship with a more refined and elegant bent. No surprise we saw Holly Hunt in the neighbourhood.
Also in 5Vie Luogo Comume showed a rather comfortable and ergonomic chairs due to a tilting back.
A few more products of note that we’re excited to incorporate into future projects.
Michael Anastassiades showed a selection of new mobiles and pendants for his namesake brand. His work is refined and glamorous but also playful and
Mobile Chandelier 10
Happy Together 4 Stack
Bocci’s stand was again one of the best at the fair – showcasing organic and handmade fixtures among a sea of technical and machined products at the fair. “73” looked amazing in a large installation – like clouds floating in and throughout.
Roll & Hill unveiled a number of decidedly American feel – substance and craftsmanship with a refinement referencing the 20’s
Castle Pendant by Jason Miller
Shape Up by Ladies & And Gentlemen
Mini Farrago by Jason Miller
Seed 04 by Brec Brittain
Eclipse Sconce by Philippe Malouin
Officina Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Magis
Shimmering series by Patricia Urquiola for Glas Italia
Table from Glas Italia
Kaari Collection of shelves and tables by Ronan & Erwin Rouroulllec for Artek
Cypris Mirror from Classicon
Foscarini introduced new finishes like this more translucent version of Chouchin
New vases & colours by Ronan & Erwin Bouroullec from Iitalla
Sit testing the Roundish lounge chair from Maruni
Candy by The Campana Brothers for Lasvit
Polygon pendant by Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus for Lasvit
Besides seeing him several mornings at our neighbourhood cafe Jaime Hayon seemed to be everywhere in Milan. His designs are soft, optimistic, playful and accessible and even the most expensive pieces have a casualness. Many of his new creations for this Salone have a sense of practicality.
New chairs and tables for one of our favourite Scandinavian brands Fritz Hansen.
Fri lounge chair, a lower backed companion to Ro.
The Sammen dining chair
We’re excited that Fritz Hansen is introducing new colours and finishes to some of it’s most iconic pieces.
Jamie Hayon’s Mila chair for Magis was the first product he has designed in plastic. It takes a nod from the curves in his chairs for BD Barcelona and Cecoti but renders them in a very accessible material.
A series of side tables for Cassina
Hayon’s pavilion at the Garden of Wonders – a series of micro exhibits that where designers created environments related the scents of leading perfumeries.
This was our most Italian trip to Milan. Not just because we hired a car for a pre-fair getaway at Villa Rosmarino on the Ligurian coast – though watching the sunset from hilltop villages, scaling cliffs to a picture perfect monastery and dining with the weekenders at Puny’s in Portofino all helped set the Italian pace rather quickly.
At the fair and throughout the city there was a feeling that the best Italian manufacturers had made it through a difficult few years and were ready to put their best foot forward again. There was a quiet confidence in the air.
We spent an hour with Andrea at the Agape showroom learning about the company’s newest innovations. Their perspective on the bathroom is less utilitarian and more experience – a spa atmosphere both relaxing & rejuvenating.
Ell, a vanity solution with small slats in crystal plant that is both countertop and sink at the same time
Solid, a mirror that looks like a drop of mercury on the wall when the hand blown glass isn’t illuminated like it is here.
Canal Grande, a gentle tup resembling a washbasin with a shelf at the perfect height
In Out tub in Nero Marquina marble
Flos has elevated LED to a level where we’ll feel a lot more comfortable using it, especially in decorative fixtures. Clara by Piero Lissoni is a wall or ceiling LED panelled disc, with beautifully consistent diffusion.
Superloon by Jasper Morrison
Copycat by Michael Anastassiades in four metal finishes
Notch by Michael Anastassiades
The Salinas Kitchen by Patricia Urquiola for Boffi
B&B Italia introduced a number of stunning new chairs
Papilio Shell chair by Naoto Fukasawa
Charlotte chair by Antonio Citterior
Butterfly outdoor sofa by Patricia Urquiola
Milan design firm Dimore Studio exhibited their sensual perspective on design in an apartment, Dimore Gallery, filled with products they collect or produce themselves. Colour, pattern, texture with a heavy dose of fashion inspiration.
We are designing the central bar at IDSwest, presented by Caesarstone. The concept is a Garden Party in an overgrown West Coast backyard. It’s intended to be a light-hearted, casual take on a trade show bar where people can escape the trade show floor and take their shoes off for moment – or kick up their feet on opening night. It’s decidedly West Coast casual with some amazing design elements.
The focal point is a garden shed built from Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuovo & Sleek Concrete. To minimize the environmental footprint the Caesarstone, pendants, chairs, stools, tables and trees will be repurposed at Sai Woo, a new restaurant we are designing, set to open Fall 2014 in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
A huge thank you to these contributors for helping us bring the bar to life:
A 1/4″ steel frame around the vanity mirror at our Aspen Drive project doubles a s a shelf. For the client’s vacation property it was important to have easy access to the contents of a toiletries bag, but without cluttering up the countertop.