Publicist and interior stylist Jean-Pierre de la Chaumette recently had the joy of experiencing Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile, the largest furniture and design trade in the world. He says of his visit, 'This stylish city's total embrace of all things design may have left my feet aching but it also left me with a renewed and overstimulated appreciation for design.'
Here he shares some of the highlights from the fair and from all the other creative goings-on that took place over the same time.
FUORISALONE (OUT AND ABOUT)
'In Milan’s Tortona district, Moooi’s presentation treated visitors to their latest furniture, lighting and carpet designs. The origami-inspired Perch Light, which is available in various configurations, was a favourite. The gentle rocking motion of the bird on its metallic branch is an apt quirk.'
'wanderful' kids' furniture
'Cybex’s contribution to Tortona's design week was also a highlight. Their range for little bambinos, created in collaboration with Marcel Wanders, dazzles the most chic-conscious parents. The ‘Bouncer’ (pictured below), for example, offers hours of bouncy fun.'
'A respite from furniture design overload was provided by the IF Bags store. These bright, customisable backpacks – with your choice of material and rope – were a visual injection of energy for my already weary feet.'
all things food
'When I made my way to the Brera Design District a visit to Eataly – the department store of all things food – was obligatory. An indulgent gelato and a gawk at some exotically bright vegetables gave me the sustenance I needed to continue my Milan design journey.'
a light truck
'Designer Lee Broom’s aptly titled 'Salone del Automobile' provided a mobile exhibit on the run. His latest lighting designs followed a carefully plotted course as the truck "broomed" around town.'
a colour fiesta
'Society's contribution to the Brera area's design week was a colour-blocking triumph. This linen and accessory boutique packed a real colour punch with the brand's attractive window display.'
'Hay's multi-leveled exhibit allowed visitors a viewing of each room-set from above and, for a more intimate perspective, at a subterranean level. The brand's rows of About-a-Chairs perfectly captured the trending colour palette for the year.'
SALONE DEL MOBILE
outdoor furniture with indoor swag
'First I visited the outdoor living section where Kettal provided a stylish alfresco aesthetic that wouldn't look amiss indoors, finished in the latest powdery tones.'
'Rina Menardi’s selection of sophisticated ceramics in tones of terracotta, blush and aubergine offered refinement amidst a large offering of pottery.'
'Andreea Batros and Flavia Scînteanu of Dare to Rug offer a modern take on traditional Romanian patterns. Their hand-tufted rugs made from New Zealand wool left me positive about the future of design.'
'With Grace Souky's Domestic Collectables, nothing is what it seems. Her ingenious use of high-end materials to create everyday objects had me all excited. Objects elegantly shaped in aluminium, marble, copper, brass and wood are both mesmerisingly beautiful and useful!'
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