Although the most important annual event on the world design calendar recently closed its doors, the electric buzz it’s left behind can still be felt in the air. Having said that, it could just be me and my ongoing jet-lag! I encountered a fair amount of criticism at this year’s Milan Design Week, largely due to everyone’s continued frustration at the sheer volume of things to see and places to visit. From the sprawling RHO Fiera and its epic 24 halls of Salone Internazionale del Mobile, through to the design events spread far and wide across the entire city in every direction, it continues to be virtually impossible to do and see it all.
Despite this challenge, this year I managed to keep up the pace and navigate the city better than ever, although I would have liked to have seen more. If I had to single out a few personal highlights they would include Salone Satellite (the best I’ve seen to date), Ventura Lambrate (my favourite day and an area that keeps going from strength to strength), MOST (a truly spectacular setting and a fantastic event instigated by Tom Dixon) and Moooi's Unexpected Welcome show with its magnificent oversized photography by Erwin Olaf. Zona Tortona and Superstudio remained disappointing for the most part, and I was also somewhat underwhelmed by my usual favorite - Spazio Rosanna Orlandi. Having said this, Orlandi’s exhibition at the incredible Museo Bagatti Valsecchi definitely made up for this.
So without further ado, it has been an absolute privilege to collaborate with Mr. Yatzer, aka Costas Voyatzis who trusted and gave me the honour of becoming his eyes and ears for this year’s Italian design marathon. So here’s our hand-picked selection of the best projects and installations from Milan Design Week 2013.
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Scenography by Studio Job for Lensvelt inside the 18th century Sala Cenacolo at Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). Featured products: Job Buffet, Job Desk, Job Table, Job Desk Lamp, Job Cabinet all designed by Studio Job for Lensvelt . Photo by Ilco Kemmere, © Lensvelt. The illustration of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper for the 1:13 exhibition at the Frigoriferi Milanesi Gallery in Milan. Therteen designers gave their own interpretation of the thirteen chairs that were never painted in Leonardo's Last Supper on which the Apostles and Jesus sat. A conceptual idea by ''Ghigos ideas''. Two Landlords, Two Ladies and One Unrepeatable Exhibition in Milan. Tessera is a handcrafted line of products built with leather-bound walnut units of 4x4x4cm. Designed by Marc Baroud for CARWAN GALLERY in Beirut, Lebanon. Scintilla LED lamp from the 2013 collection Admit One Gentleman of DANTE, aka Aylin Langreuter and Christophe de la Fontaine. El Santo Libre seat from the 2013 collection Admit One Gentleman of DANTE, aka Aylin Langreuter and Christophe de la Fontaine. Cowrie Rocker by Brodie Neill for Made in Ratio. Hanging canvas seating by Japanese design studio YOY (Salone Satellite). This collection of two dimensional hanging furniture pieces is made from wood and aluminum frames, covered in stretchy screen-printed fabric depicting different furniture pieces. Photo © Yasuko Furukawa.
Desk, chair and printer table by Enrico Marone Cinzano. Material iron and wood (Cembro Pine) Lamp 5 Big in glass, metal and wood. Photo by Tatiana Uzlova.
CREDITS > Lounge Chair: limited edition of 10 + 2P Material: Walnut, Leather, and Copper Leatherwork by Johnny Farah. Ottoman: limited edition of 10 + 2P Material: Walnut, Leather, and Copper Leatherwork by Johnny Farah.
Cowrie Rocker by Brodie Neill for Made in Ratio.
SECRETARIA office cabinet by Nika Zupanc.
Design wooden headwear by Andrea Deppieri for Tête de bois.
The ''slat'' collection from Philippe Malouin's first solo exhibition in Milan under the title 'Simple'. Curated by Maria Cristina Didero for PROJECTB Gallery in Milan. On view till the 16th of May 2013.
Globe lights by Studio Vit. (Salone Satellite). Photo by Annabel Elston. © studio vit 2013.
Pythagoras Chair designed by Sander Mulder. Photo © Diewke v/d Heuvel, Sander Mulder.
Handmade rocking chairs by Mecedorama. (Salone Satellite).
OJENTAA sculptural floor light by Mari Isopahkala. (Salone Satellite).
Haze series resin furniture by Wonmin Park.
At the invitation of Georg Jensen, Scholten & Baijings designed a Tea & Cake collection entitled 'Tea with Georg'. The title is a nod to the company’s Danish founder, Georg Jensen. The collection was launched at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.
The white tiles (The Storywall) of the Analogia Project by Andrea Mancuso and Emilia Serra in collaboration with master ceramist Alessio Sarri. (Ventura Lambrate). Photo by Giulio Boem.
'Just Black' collection (designers: Claesson Koivisto Rune, James Irvine, Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Maddalena Casadei, Naoto Fukasawa, Ross Lovegrove, Thomas Sandell) for Marsotto Edizioni. This collection, usually made from white carrara marble, was reissued in "Nero Marquinia", aka black marble, giving the pieces a more mysterious, sharper edge. Photo © Miro Zagnoli.
Toto floorlamp by Veronika Wildgruber. (Salone Satellite).
Linee chair by Taewoo Kim. (Salone Satellite).
Embroider Blue bench and Knitted Armchair by Rooms.
Libreria Voliera metal shelving by Pietro Russo.
Carattere tipografico, a kitchen ‘body type’ made from single piece of marble for measuring correct amount of spaghetti. Designed by Studio Lievito.
The five wooden cases of ''Origin part IV: Foster'' collection by Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto, aka BCXSY in collaboration with Ibuki, a non-profit organization based in Sonobe, Nantan-city, Japan. They are made from Kitayama Sugi, a cedar that is typical of Kyoto and is one of the most prestigious types of wood in Japan.
Lap stool by Constantinos Economides for MY GRANDMOTHER… exhibition by T.I.V.D (This is Very Dangerous). Fourteen Designers from all over the world went back to their own history, creating products inspired by the personalities, objects and memories of their grandparents.
Pencil Light by Caroline Olsson. (Salone Satellite).
Love Boat, from Migration Stories by Bokja, Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri. Part of NOMADISMI exhibition at the Altai Gallery in Milan. Curated by Li Edelkoort and Raffaele Carrieri.
Ecco Chair by Andrea Borgogni. (Salone Satellite).
''N=N/02 wedge of matter'' candle holder co-designed by Italian designer Luca Nichetto and Japanese studio Nendo for the NICHETTO=NENDO collection which was exhibited at Foro Buonaparte 48 in the Brera district of Milan.
DERIVA collection of contemporary totems inspired in proportions and form by fishing floats. Designed by Cristina Celestino of Attico Design Studio. Photo by Mattia Balsamini.
Ecstasy by Attico Design Studio Inspired By The Catholic Eucharistic Host, part of the FOODMADE exhibition on Via Oslavia 3, Ventura Lambrate. Photo © Mattia Balsamini
The Dutch designer Siba Sahabi has made Between Two Rivers, a collection of ten vessels formed from strips of felt wound on a potter’s wheel and painted on both sides to create contrasts of color.
HOOKHAYON is a contemporary vision for the Turkish tradition of smoking designed by Jaime Hayon for Gaia & Gino. It was exhibited within the Wallpaper* Handmade 2013 exhibition which during Milan Design Week 2013 took place at Leclettico, the gallery/space of Claudio Loria.
ROLLWARE: Edible Dishware by Joanne Choueiri, Giulia Cosenza, Povilas Raskevicius (students from the Masters of Interior Architecture & Retail Design (MIARD) Programme of The Piet Zwart Institute). The project was part of the ALTERED APPLIANCES' exhibition. Photo © Willem de Kooning Academy & Piet Zwart Institute.
Moooi new collection presentation during Salone del Mobile 2013 at via Savona 56, Milan. Marcel Wanders asked renowned Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf to join the Moooi 2013 presentation with a grand selection of photographs from his personal work series Grief, Fall, Keyhole and Berlin.
Graphic Lamp Collection by Delightfull.
Square Floor/ Wall Lamp by Areti.
The special scenography of “les Nécessaires d’Hermès”, featuring a range of furniture pieces imagined by French designer Philippe Nigro and the new HermeÌ€s collection of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers. (Circolo Filologico, Via Clerici, 10, Milan). Photo © Francois Lacour.
SWARM lamp by Jangir Maddadi Design Bureau.
RGB. Fabulous Landscapes by Carnovsky - Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla - at Fondazione Pini in Brera, Milan. Photo © Alvise Vivenza.