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One of the videos pro­duced at Mi­lan De­sign Week for vogue­liv­ing.com.au opens with the in­trigu­ing in­stal­la­tion by Swedish fash­ion brand Cos. A large bub­ble lands on the palm of my hand and van­ishes in — quite lit­er­ally — a puff of smoke. Mes­meris­ing in its tran­sience yet lin­ger­ing in the mem­ory, and a metaphor per­haps for De­sign Week it­self. The Ital­ian city’s an­nual de­sign car­ni­val is the largest on the planet and the most im­por­tant, but be­ing there can feel like a vis­ual and sen­sory merry-go-round, spin­ning ever faster. Salone del Mo­bile — the orig­i­nal Mi­lan Fur­ni­ture Fair — may have lent its name to the fes­ti­val (afi­ciona­dos pre­fer just ‘Salone’), but in re­al­ity the fur­ni­ture fair of­ten seems a mere sup­port act to the myr­iad in­stal­la­tions and exhibitions that pop­u­late Mi­lan for this one mag­i­cal week in April. Af­ter a decade of at­tend­ing Mi­lan De­sign Week, I’ve learned to make no as­sump­tions. The an­tic­i­pated high­lights rarely are, and the un­ex­pected and spon­ta­neous are gen­er­ally where the thrill lies. I also know it will be long af­ter my plane has touched down in Aus­tralia that my mind starts to make sense of ev­ery­thing I’ve seen, dis­till­ing, edit­ing, ab­sorb­ing. This year’s Salone did not dis­ap­point. While trend-watch­ers may have strug­gled to dis­cern sig­nif­i­cant new de­sign di­rec­tions (be­yond the in­creas­ing im­pact of 3D tech­nol­ogy), the week over-de­liv­ered on spec­ta­cle and the­atre. Our 34-page re­port, pro­duced in con­junc­tion with Lexus Aus­tralia, be­gins on page 58. This is my last is­sue as Vogue Liv­ing’s ed­i­tor-in-chief. It’s been one of the great priv­i­leges of my ca­reer to edit — al­beit for a short time — this most beau­ti­ful of mag­a­zines. Bi­ased? You betcha. It’s also been a plea­sure to work on a daily ba­sis with a pas­sion­ate and bril­liant team com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing — in print and on­line — one of Aus­tralia’s most re­spected de­sign brands. And just as I was hon­oured to take the ba­ton from the pre­vi­ous ed­i­tor-in-chief, so I’m proud (and yes, a lit­tle bit sen­ti­men­tal) to pass it to the next. I hope they re­alise, as I did, that in tak­ing the reins of Vogue Liv­ing, things don’t get much bet­ter.

clock­wise from left: one of Mi­lan’s many mag­nif­i­cent gate­ways to the sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences and spec­ta­cle be­yond. The city once again didn’t dis­ap­point dur­ing this year’s Mi­lan De­sign Week. For the an­nual event, de­sign agency Stu­diopepe re-cre­ated a so­phis­ti­cated 19th-cen­tury apart­ment with its The Visit in­stal­la­tion, while Di­more Stu­dio con­tin­ued to fuse in­te­rior de­sign, art and fash­ion. Our ‘Mi­lan 2017’ re­port be­gins on page 58. TO CHECK OUT OUR NEW- LOOK APP, VISIT VOGUE­LIV­ING. COM. AU/ SUB­SCRIBE NEALE WHI­TAKER

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