Home and away

At the an­nual Mi­lan De­sign Week fes­ti­val, the great and the good of the fur­ni­ture world con­vene to show of f their most ex­cit­ing new work. Talib Choudhry picks the trends that will make it across the chan­nel

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Hits from Mi­lan’s de­sign week

Now in its 56 th year, Mi­lan’s sa­lone del Mo­bile has grown from a st aid trade fair into a week-long, ci­ty­wide cel­e­bra­tion of de­sign at­tract­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of visi­tors. Huge con­cep­tual in­stal­la­tions from big brands have been a grow­ing trend in re­cent years, and prod­uct de­signs are of­ten pre­sented in iso­la­tion or in graphic tableaux (if at all ), but, re­fresh­ingly, a num­ber of de­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers showed their new of­fer­ings in in­ti­mate ‘do­mes­tic’ set­tings last month. Lon­don-based com­pany sé set it s glam­orous cre­ation sin an apart­ment with silk-lined walls and over-sized palms( above ), while Dan­ish brand Carl Hansen & søn en­listed the tal­ents of Bri­tish stylist De­spina Curtis to cre­ate the in­te­ri­ors for a two-storey ‘home’ that it built at the fair (left). the re­sult was a be­guil­ing mix of time­less fur­ni­ture with con­tem­po­rary styling – the per­fect for­mula for a well-dressed home.

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