Best of → Milan Design Week ’22
Salone del Mobile 2022 and Milan Design Week returned after the Covid years in full force and offered a rich program of events, installations, and new launches. From 7 to 12 June 2022, the fair celebrated its 60th anniversary with a rich program focused on creativity and innovation. Our selections were based on our favorite designers and their new collections: Tom Dixon returned with TWENTY, an exhibition celebrating 20 years of design and innovation at Palazzo Serbelloni, where they hosted a delicious and innovative presentation breakfast for us to experience. Overall the TWENTY event was focused on innovation and materiality with 20 unseen creations on display in both Palazzo Serbelloni and The Manzoni restaurant. A selection of designs by Tom Dixon’s most recognized collections such as MIRROR BALL, MELT, and FAT. Tom says: ‘You will find us tucked away in a historic palazzo in the center of Milan where the British auction institution Sotheby’s has its Italian headquarters. There could not have been a better platform to show TWENTY objects that explain some of the history, some of the processes of manufacture but also some of the new developments that describe the future of the brand’ Our unforgettable visit to Brera Lee Broom’s Showroom, under the exhibition name ‘Divine Inspiration’ where Broom launched six new lighting collections in a setting that echoes brutalist architecture and places of worship. Across a series of rooms, the designer presented pieces that borrow from the monumental, ethereal quality of religious buildings and artefacts, particularly those designed in the mid-20th century. During our Milan visit, we could not pay a tribute to the Danish House of Rossana Orlandi, where we viewed old-time classics and new additions of Danish Masters and New Danish Designers such as Carl Hansen, Ferm Living, Menu, House of Finn Juhl, and ArchitectMade.At the Salone, we distinguished the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, that teamed up with Gan Rugs and designed the stand in which the new collections of handmade designer rugs, were exhibited. At the Salone, we distinguished the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, that teamed up with Gan Rugs and designed the stand in which the new collections of handmade designer rugs, were exhibited. Vibia’s displayed several collections at Salone del Mobile and the Rho fairgrounds as well as at Fuorisalone in the Brera Design District. We found Stephan Diez’s Plusminus, a groundbreaking lighting system featuring a textural fabric ribbon that conducts electricity and fastens like a belt, the Flat pendant by Ichiro Iwasaki, and Diego Fortunato’s Mayfair Mini. One of our favorite walks was Nemo Lighting opening and delightful party at Monforte, a project by Locatelli & Partners, Nemo presented two new designs by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand and contemporary novelties, which express new paradigms of innovative lighting approaches in unexplored spaces and methods. Woodnotes and Nikari the two great Finnish brands shared a warm minimalistic interior, where the respect for nature and craftsmanship can be seen in all their furniture and paper yarn rugs. Gardeco is well known for modern and understated objects which celebrate natural materials like the Ita vase, inspired by the indigenous Tupi people of Brazil, with soapstone and brass elements in their design. Meridiani, a brand marked by smooth shades that allows attention to focus on shapes and volumes, is what we certainly will not forget of this year’s visit to the Salone. Craftsmanship, organic and fluid shapes narrate the lifestyle vision of Meridiani. Ethnicraft honors nature’s design with the PI wall shelves as an exclusive Salone preview where interesting shapes are discovered in the sleek, polished imperfect, and finish design. So much we‘ve discovered in Milan this year, so great novelties giving us a smile and a promise to meet again next year!
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