From April 9-14, Milan, the fashion and design capital of the world, was filled with an abundance of immersive and interactive installations, exhibitions, and design showcases integrated with both contemporary art as well as fashion for the 58th edition of Milan Design Week. A highlight in any design aficionado calendar, Schön! stopped by the six-day event to bring you the highlights from the Salone del Mobile.
First off MMairo offered a truly impressive and avant-garde assortment of lamps, vases, tables, etc. Each product was 1/1, possessing a unique marbleized pattern. As a brand, MMairo works with a variety of artists, architects, and designers and is dedicated to superior craftsmanship and creating housewares that are 100% made in Italy.
Designed by the Campana brothers, the yellow “Bulbo” armchair was showcased at Objects Nomads – an exhibition curated by Louis Vuitton. The chair by the Brazilian design maestros was designed to create a tangible experience of cuddling with an exotic flower.
With the inception of its décor collection in 2017, Gucci has introduced a temporary apartment space which showcases the fashion house’s latest home furnishings and products — including everything from lounge chairs, pillows, to dishes adorned with classic Gucci motifs.
This year, Loewe incorporated bamboo artistry and craftsmanship into their design week showcase by exhibiting and curating handbags utilizing Loewe’s natural dyed leather in place of bamboo. For the special occasion, the Spanish brand worked with two of Japan’s most prominent bamboo artists: Jiro Yonezawa and Hafu Matsumoto. Other talents — such as basket makers, rattan weavers, and straw artists — also contributed to the project.
The ubiquitous Moschino teddy bear you’ve seen on t-shirts, phone cases, and leather accessories is now available as an adorable fully functional mini light produced in collaboration with pioneer Italian design brand Kartell.
Germany-based company Schönbuch produces bold and colourful furnishings and home accessories crafted from wood. With a minimal yet punchy aesthetic, schönbuch evokes an effortlessly fun and youthful feel — and its showcase at Milan Design Week was no different.
Marni executed a futuristic installation that consisted of benches, stools, and chairs that are inspired by the house’s colourful and geometric aesthetic. The objects and furnishings were crafted by Colombian artisans and juxtaposed against a set that was reminiscent of the moon.
Iconic Italian brand Versace tapped two key creatives for of their Miami, Art Deco-inspired collection showcased at the Versace Palazzo — New York-based interior designer Sasha Bikoff and Canadian artist Andy Dixon. Bikoff’s design aesthetic is very exuberantly colourful and is influenced by ’60s space-age modern as well as ’80s Italian Memphis design. Naturally, she was an ideal collaborator for the project.
COS, in collaboration with architect Arthur Mamou-Mani, also presented a larger-than-life, geometrical installation, made completely from renewable resources, named Conifera. The large, 3D printed piece perfectly showcased Mamou-Mani’s architectural prowess in tandem with the fashion brand’s clean aesthetics, ethics and ethos.
Iconic luggage brand RIMOWA also opted for the collaborative route for the 2019 Salone edition. Joining forces with Kaleidoscope, the brand tapped Spanish designer Guillermo Santomaě to create a three-part collaboration highlighting “functional luxury and purposeful travel” comprised of a short film, a gas station-like installation, and a printed publication.
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