From the 4th – 9th April it’s Milan Design Week. Sadly, we won’t be going so we’ll have to enjoy an Aperol Spritz or two at home whilst browsing everyone’s Instagram stories. If you are going, or like us you’re not but want a peek of what to expect, here’s a round-up of the best launches making they’re debut in Italy today.
Lee Broom: Time Machine
Product designer Lee Broom is always one to keep an eye on. Not only does he produce the most beautiful creations but his installations are always top favourites at design weeks.
To celebrate a decade in design, Broom will present a limited edition collection in Salone, Milan of furniture, lighting and accessories from the past ten years all re-imagined in a completely white colour palette. Presented on a modernist interpretation of a fairground carousel set within the disused vaults of the Milano Centrale station, the installation will be unique and immersive, seamlessly combining design, drama, movement and illumination. Alongside this, Broom will unveil a new and exclusive limited edition Carrara marble grandfather clock.
Where: Ventura Centrale, via Ferrante Aporti 17, 20125 Milano
Eley Kishimoto for Kirkby Design
London-based studio, Eley Kishimoto is launching a collection with British interiors brand, Kirkby Design. Eley Kishimoto has developed original artwork from which they produced 12 woven textile designs and intricate prints, supported by a coordinating range of 11 multi-textural wallcoverings and ready-made cushions. The pieces are bold, vibrant and full of Eley Kishimoto’s signature print looks. It’s definitely plenty of fun!
Where: The collection will launch at Fuorisalone where Kirkby Design will take over an apartment at 1 Via Palermo, Brera in central Milan to create an immersive space of pattern and colour.
Swapping Melbourne for Milan, Australian design studio, Dowel Jones. This year, Dowel Jones will be showcasing a full furniture collection. As well as the original Half Hurdle and Full Hurdle Chairs, Dowel Jones is expanding the collection with three new additions – the Half High Hurdle Chair, Full High Hurdle Chair and Half Hurdle Bench. These ranges will be displayed alongside Thimble – the stackable indoor/outdoor stools introduced in early 2017 – the playfully chunky tubular-steel stool Sir Burly, and his new, taller companion: Sir Burly High.
Where: Local Milan, at 5VIE, Oratorio della Passione
UNCONFINED: The Galaxy S8 Design
To celebrate the new Galaxy design, Samsung has commissioned the world renowned Zaha Hadid Architects and acclaimed digital art and design collective Universal Everything to create an immersive, interactive installation in the Tortona district.
Taking inspiration from the new Galaxy design, the award winning studio of the late Zaha Hadid, known for conjuring diverse shapes and curved masterpieces, will collaborate with the inventive technology specialists Universal Everything, to explore the infinite possibilities created when design and technology are seamlessly unified.
Visitors will be invited to interact as they journey through a completely bespoke interior, triggering mesmerising digital installations and bringing to life the galaxy design philosophy.
Where: BASE, Via Tortona 54, 20144
Luxury Italian interior design brand Minotti launches its new collection, Home Anthology, at Milan’s Salone del Mobile, with one of the biggest and most comprehensive showcases of the globally renowned furniture fair. Definitely one to keep an eye on and bound to be an impressive visit.
Where: Hall 7, Stand E15 – E27 – F18 – F20
To get the inside scoop on Milan and see all the action as it unfolds, we’d recommend heading to the Insta accounts of industry insiders such as Sarah Akwisombe, 2 Lovely Gays and Milly Burroughs. Or, head to Twitter for our handy bespoke timeline for MDW!
David & Mark x
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