Italo dis­egno

High­lights from Mi­lan De­sign Week and Salone In­ter­nazionale de Mo­bile 2018.

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Ital­ian de­sign is of­ten syn­ony­mous with ex­cep­tional aes­thet­ics and qual­ity. So it’s no won­der that over 300,000 vis­i­tors flock to Mi­lan for Salone del Mo­bile and Mi­lan De­sign week to get first dibs on stylish prod­ucts that’ll add some piz­zazz to their home. We braved the crowd and sussed out the be st

ex­hibitors. And de­sign buffs, don’t fret if you’ve missed this yearly

trade show and ex­hi­bi­tion—just make your way down to the brands’ re­spec­tive bou­tiques to claim your

de­sired cen­tre­piece.


Cel­e­brat­ing the in­tri­cate tech­niques of craft, Span­ish lux­ury fash­ion house Loewe pre­sented a sprawl­ing col­lec­tion of blan­kets, ta­pes­tries and tote bags from around the globe. Creative di­rec­tor Jonathan An­der­son’s goal was simple: to com­bine the ad­vanced ex­per­tise of the house’s work­shops with the work of smaller but equally knowl­edge­able ate­liers spe­cialised in a range of craft forms, re­gard­less of lo­ca­tion. Var­i­ous types of ar­ti­sanal tex­tile pro­duc­tion methods from Europe, Asia, Africa and South Amer­ica were ex­plored—rib­bon han­dem­broi­dery from In­dia on blan­kets and totes; items made with the an­cient method of boro in a Ja­pa­nese ate­lier us­ing high­est-grade Ja­pa­nese fabrics; and also from Ja­pan, an exquisitely hand-painted silk ta­pes­try.


Colour per­me­ated its way into seven beau­ti­ful rooms in Museo della Per­ma­nente for Her­mès’s lat­est col­lec­tions of wall­pa­per, fur­ni­ture and blan­kets. The French lux­ury brand’s co-artis­tic direc­tors Char­lotte Ma­caux Perel­man and Alexis Fabry imag­ined a show-stop­ping Moroc­can-styled in­te­rior with over 150,000 in­di­vid­ual tiles from Morocco (walls! floors! ceil­ings!). Each pav­il­ion housed dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of the new home­ware col­lec­tion, rang­ing from vases to trays, rugs and seats. What stood out for us was the Droit Fil, a scarf box made in paprika maple, and the fine table­ware with drawings from ‘A Walk in the Gar­den’ de­signed by artist Nigel Peake.


The lux­ury crys­tal ac­ces­sory arm of Swarovski roped in high­pro­file and cut­ting-edge de­sign­ers for this bian­nual cap­sule. For Salone del Mo­bile, a new home dé­cor line fea­tur­ing de­sign­ers like Nendo, Pa­tri­cia Urquiola and Peter Pilotto was un­veiled. Ja­pa­nese stu­dio Nendo caught my eye with its Soft­pond and Tan­gent col­lec­tions. The for­mer’s calm­ing Mon­tana Blue solid crys­tal bowls were in­spired by wa­ter and na­ture, with the vary­ing thick­ness repli­cat­ing the depth of wa­ter like a pond or lake. And true to its name, Tan­gent con­sists of can­dle­hold­ers, vases, trays and mir­rors fea­tur­ing newly de­vel­oped crys­tal el­e­ments placed at a tan­gent to rec­tan­gu­lar metal frames.

Louis Vuit­ton

A main­stay at Fuori Salone, Louis Vuit­ton’s Ob­jets No­mades evokes a glo­be­trot­ter’s way of life with con­tri­bu­tions by re­turn­ing de­sign heavy­weights in­clud­ing Mar­cel Wan­ders, In­dia Mah­davi and Raw Edges. Join­ing the LV crew this year is Hong Kong-based ar­chi­tect and de­signer An­dré Fu with the Rib­bon Dance Chair—a two-per­son con­ver­sa­tion chair that re­flects a grace­ful echo of the move­ments of tra­di­tional Asian rib­bon dances as seen with the el­e­gant cur ves of the wooden arms.

For a sub­tle state­ment, look to the Petits No­mades col­lec­tion in­stead, which fea­tures a col­lec­tion of dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects like origami flow­ers, over­lay bowls and vases de­signed by Ate­lier Oï, Pa­tri­cia Urquiola and the Cam­pana brothers re­spec­tively. A huge ar­ti­cle doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have a mem­o­rable im­pact; al­low the de­tailed crafts­man­ship to speak for it­self in­stead.

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