Thousands of designers and enthusiasts descend on the city, looking for the latest ideas and international trends. Here are some of the best of them.
It seems purple is the new black in Milan. Local design heroes Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Dimore Studio opened up their apartment, converting it into coveted exhibition space which was invariably the talk of the town – just as it is every year!
Here’s another shot of the apartment. Don’t you love the colours?
Here’s the purple and orange again, with a splash of green. Milan demonstrated that these colours are in right now. So are big over-stuffed armchairs and couches. These, in the Salone del Mobile 2017 exhibition, were described as “a comfy kind of elegance in keeping with the Danish concept of ‘hygge’, meaning a welcoming, friendly mood, mixed with a totally Italian vision of sophisticated style.” You don’t so much sit on these chairs as become enveloped by them.
Lamps and lighting took centre stage at Milan Design Week, and New Spring by international fashion brand COS and the intriguingly-named Studio Swine took the Best Engagement Award with mist-filled bubbles dropping from its sculpture-like curving form.
Here are the orange and blue walls and plush furniture again, this time in furniture-maker Cassina’s 2017 Collection to celebrate the Milan company’s 90th birthday.
You probably think of Diesel as a designer jean and clothing company, but they have Diesel Living too. Their exhibition, in the heart of Milan’s most historic neighbourhood, brought an American fifties retro look, complete with neon, rocket salt and pepper shakers, and spanner-handled cutlery.
Diesel’s living room concept was more Arizona ranch-house, an oasis of shag-pile and leather luxury in the middle of an imagined desert. We love the lamp in the far corner.
The natural look loomed large at the Milan Design Week. In this case, Studiopepe used stacks of apparently randomly-placed firewood as a feature wall offsetting the starkness of the concrete floor and tiled white walls at The Visit exhibition held inside an early 1800’s Milan apartment.
Another famous designer to open his apartment to the public for the Design Week was Gabriele Salvatori, whose home was way less intense than that of Salci and Moran pictured above, but no less interesting all the same.
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