De­sign fore­cast

A day on the road with en­thu­si­asts and ex­perts

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On a crisp Fri­day morn­ing in late May, we gath­ered at Matisse’s Auck­land show­room to kick off a day of high de­sign, in­spired by the Mi­lan Fur­ni­ture Fair.

Our guest ex­perts had re­cently re­turned from Mi­lan, filled with de­sign finds for the year ahead; our read­ers were hun­gry for in­spi­ra­tion. Our youngest at­tendee, mean­while, was an en­thu­si­as­tic 11-yearold – proof pos­i­tive that you can never be too young to care about de­sign. If there’s a theme, it was of the re­nais­sance of clas­sics rather than trends; the power of things well-made.

At Matisse, Caro­line Mon­tague ad­vised us to only buy things we love, al­low­ing for col­lec­tions and heirlooms: the best things, she ad­vised, don’t change from sea­son to sea­son. Then it was on to Back­house, where Michelle, Gary and Oliver Back­house showed us re­cent pur­chases and trends from Mi­lan, which in­cluded a dis­tinctly retro vibe.

Af­ter lunch at Euro – cham­pagne, white­bait, ha­puku – it was on to the beau­ti­ful apart­ment of Kristina Pickford in the Dil­worth Build­ing, with a fan­tas­tic col­lec­tion of de­signer pieces by Knoll and USM.

Then, we headed to ECC to be in­spired by Deb­bie Quy’s tales of par­ties at Minotti, an­i­mal-in­spired de­sign from Moooi and or­ganic shapes to come by. Fi­nally, it was on to drinks and cheese at Stu­dio Italia, where Va­le­ria Car­bonaro-Laws spoke of up­dates to clas­sics, in­clud­ing Knoll ta­bles.

Thank you ev­ery­one for com­ing, and thank you to our part­ners, with­out whom we couldn’t have staged the day.

If you haven’t al­ready read it, turn to our ex­pert cov­er­age at Mi­lan Re­port 2018, p.35.

6. We broke the day of de­sign with lunch at Cibo. 7. A dis­play of PET lamps at Back­house – the light­ing com­bines ar­ti­san craft­ing with the re-use of plas­tic bot­tles.

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