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

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“Jeux Noirs” – black games Dessert by Studio Appetit

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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.

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One of several rooms showcasing the exploration of glass furniture

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Soft glass table

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Design process of a chair

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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.

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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.

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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

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David Collins Studio worked with Cutipol on a set of spoons reinvented for modern use

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Nanamarquina developed a new round rug with weavers from Afghanastan

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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.

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Plates in a hallway

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Magazine files Vogue circa 1955

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Until next year Milan…