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
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.