One of the upsides of Twitter is how it keeps you connected to the world which may not be so great for magazines and newspapers but is so wonderful for the rest of us. Modern technology enabled me to watch Milan Design Week as it unfolded (9 – 14th April) and, as always, it left me feeling much more positive about humanity as well as even more in love with a city that has become a second home. 2013 is the exhibition’s 52nd edition and it showcased an endless collection of the latest home-furnishing designs from Italy and around the world with a strong focus on innovation and the use of natural materials. Here are some of the spaces/designs that caught my eye…
The Moooi exhibition at via Savona 56 (image courtesy of Moooi)
I’d have loved to have seen the Moooi exhibition. Wide empty spaces were transformed into colourfully dressed living quarters furnished with items from the current Moooi collection as well as creations by Marcel Wanders, Studio Job and Joost van Bleiswijk, amongst others. Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf’s powerful images formed an amazing backdrop to the interior environments, hence the exhibition’s title Celebrating a Legendary Friendship with Erwin Olaf.
The Moooi exhibition at via Savona 56 (image courtesy of Moooi) 2
The Moooi exhibition at via Savona 56 (image courtesy of Moooi) 3
The Moooi exhibition at via Savona 56 (image courtesy of Moooi) 4
And check out some of the gorgeous lighting on exhibit elsewhere at the Fair….
French designer Inga Sempe's cheeky aluminum and cast iron pendant lamps for Wästberg
‘Lit’ by Rodolfo Dordoni for Flos
'Circular' lamp by Studio WM at Ventura Lambrate
The 'Gem' collection by Tom Dixon
And some wonderful seating….
‘Allure’ by Matteo Nunziati for Molteni & C
'T 904' by Gastone Rinaldi for Poltrona Frau
Love this 'SW Daybed' by OeO for Stellar Works
‘Oursin’ pouffes by Hella Jongerius for Vitra
There is so much more mind-blowing stuff that I could post – Paola Lenti’s colour bursts of outdoor furniture, Nendo for Lasvit glassware (OMG), Danish Chromatism, Front for Porro, Seletti (soon to be able at Klooftique) – I could go on and on. But I’ll leave you with a couple of images courtesy of Vogue Living taken at the Missoni stand which was awash with impossibly beautiful daisies and trademark zig-zags. Swoon.
Missoni – perfection