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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
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
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.
Collaborations between designers and craftsmen are one of the most exciting aspects of Milan Design Week. Design icon Patricia Urquiola worked with the expertise of the Czech glass company Lasvit to create these unmistakably soft and brilliant vases.
The Leclettico studio is showing an unusual and eclectic curation of collectible objects and bespoke craft. Jim Hannon’s three piece nesting table is cut from a single block of Carrara marble.
Admiring the simplicity and craftmanship of the Cypris Mirror from Classicon.
Diesel’s stand for Moroso is undeniably rock-star. This bent and perforated steel cabinet combines an edgy masculine form with a feminine colour beautifully.
One of the many reasons we come to Milan is to see and feel (and sit…) so many products aren’t on show in local showrooms. Maruni‘s Roundish lounge chair passes the comfort test with flying colours.
LED is coming into it’s own with applications that respond to the small size of the light source. Nebra, by Sebastian Herkner for Fontana Arte replaces the sphere with a disc of pressed cast glass which changes from a circle to and oval as one moves around the pendants.
Mounted as a wall light, Clara, by Piero Lissoni for Flos, is a super flat light source. The polycarbonate lens diffuses the light to a gentle and consistent glow, hiding the panel of diodes shown here.
Film, from Davide Goppi, is both a wall light and a personalized art installation with gently flashing LED’s behind the client’s own photos processed onto slides, somehow marrying the essence of digital and analog.
We’re huge fans of Vancouver’s Bocci Design, who have one of the most beautiful stands at this years Milan Solone del Mobile. The new “16” is the result of pouring 3 separate layers of molten glass on a horizontal plane with an LED. Configurable with infinite possibilities.
Several lighting companies are releasing tubular lights this year and Lee Broom was no exception. His Crystal Tube Light is one of the best we’ve seen, but the version in Carrara marble is simply stunning, and priced accordingly.
Also by Lee Broom, a series of tables and objects combining layers of black & Carrara marble with acid yellow glass. He explained that an internal steel structure provides both strength and the intriguing contradiction of lightness of stone.
Milan’s Salone del Mobile is the world’s most important design fair. 350,000 people pour into the city for the week to see the newest furniture & lighting from designers both established and emerging. We make the yearly pilgrimage to glimpse into the future – not just to see and touch new creations, but the join the conversation of how they will impact our lives.
One of our favourite lighting designers Michael Anastassiades unveiled a new series of mobiles for his namesake brand. Pure and poetic, with layers of subtle detail – Mobile Chandelier 10 with a folded mirror.
Foscarini is showing new interpretations of their most successful lamps, including an inverted, mostly translucent, version of the Chouchin pendant – top right.
New York based Roll & Hill has carved our a niche in the luxury modern lighting with a distinctly American perspective – the lights all have a sense of substantive materiality and form. The Mini Farrago, by Jason Miller, is inspired by the masts of tall ships.
Bocci’s stand was a highlight at Euro Lighting, the biannual focus on lighting at the Salone. Two new products unveiled including 73, which has a fabric texture achieved from blowing molten glass into a ceramic textile.
Getting in a quick swing on Philippe Malouin’s installation before dinner hosted by Wallpaper Magazine and Caesarstone – thank you for a brilliant evening! Please note the palace required holding on to our champagne glasses at all times…