When I think of how best to tackle this article about Milan Design Week, I just think that hundreds of words about detailed products and installations can’t really do any good to anyone. As this show really is about the spirit of design and the community. I was fortunate enough to be covering the Lexus Design Awards at the start of the week, and that was really great to travel with their team who took all the stress out of navigating airports and taxis etc.
People from all over the globe come to Milan and commit themselves to the discovery of the new. Everyone runs about Milan from exhibit to experience, gallery to trade show and while this adrenaline (and beautiful Italian coffee) fuelled, I think that sometimes we forget that it’s about reconnecting with others who are as passionate about design as we are.
I noticed in Nilufar Depot this morning that as people were entering each new space, their faces lit up when they laid their eyes upon the pieces chosen by Nina to display in her gallery. I’m one of them too, together with Leigh Robertson, Editor in Chief of Elle Decoration South Africa, the two of us explored this gallery in wonder and amazement.
Since Milan is the home of High Fashion in Italy, I love to see the crossover between the big brands and their homeware collections. Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Bottega Veneta, Versace and many more add to their collections each year, and present these to us design addicts in ways that inspire us and leave us in a state of wonder and amazement.
Other highlights were seeing the launch of the new and custom pieces from 1stDibs, a very interesting offering to the market from this online giant.
Dimore Studio And Dimore Gallery were once again quite an experience, from the tented displays in the gallery (which I really struggled to connect with) to the unique pieces displayed in the studio which I loved!
One of my drivers mentioned to me that Salone del Mobile and Fuorisaloni is the biggest event in Italy, and they expect about 400000 visitors to the city in just one week. He went on to say that was the equivalent to whole cities in Italy. It’s busy, it’s tiring, it’s crowded, but everyone loves to be at this show. I almost didn’t attend this year, but truly, I am so pleased that I did and won’t ever think about missing this extravaganza again.
Till next year.