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.