Milan Design Week 2023 is here!
As always, we are so excited to bring you along as we soak up all things design here is one of our favourite cities!
01 – Futurliberty Fabrics
First on the agenda was exploring the districts. Stumbled across Futurliberty Fabric’s exhibition which is in anticipation of it’s 150th anniversary!
Curated by Federico Forquet, this new collection shares an unexpected array of bold, geometric fabric designs. This incredible installation took us on the journey from vision to reality of their new, beautiful creations. Starting off with the art pieces loaned from galleries around the world that sparked the meaning and inspiration behind the collection. Secondly, all the various iterations and sketches of patterns and art, which lastly led us on to view the beautiful fabrics in their final form!
This journey truly makes you appreciate all the work and passion that goes into the production of a fabric range like this… Being released into Australia in May/June this year by South Pacific Fabrics, – we seriously can’t wait to bring these into some of our projects back at home!
02 – Walter Knoll
Next stop, we waltzed on over to the Brera Design District to check out Walter Knoll’s showroom showcasing new products, materials and colours in an airy, flower-filled installation designed by Ippolito Fleitz & Studio De Pasquale. Our friends over at Living Edge made sure to link us up with the Australian Walter Knoll crew that are based in Adelaide.
I know it’s only the first day… but we must admit it was so great to kick back and relax on the Maaru sofa and chat about the new pieces and colours of the upcoming collection! Sage, Champagne and Sky has to be some of our tops favs!
03 – LaManufacture
La Manufacture, supplied by District took over the Casa Manzoni building with their incredible installation inspired by the past life of the house in the 1800’s, as home to Alessandro Manzoni. The space showcased exclusive pieces designed by Sabestian Herkner, as well as on-show collections by Nendo, Neri&Hu, Ana Moussinet, Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance, Patrick Norguet, Luca Nichetto, Front and many more!
With their intention to inspire designers for upcoming projects… it did just that! Learning all the stories behind the collections and unique insights into the designer’s world allowed us to gain a thorough understanding behind the meaning of each product and the brand.
04 – 25th Anniversary of the ‘Dulux Colour Forecast’
Milan is truly spoiling us with the weather so we were stoked to be wrapping up day one perched up on the rooftop for the 25th Anniversary of the Dulux Colour Forecast.
First of all, we must say we are so so stoked to be seeing such bold colours come back into play. With special guests, Bethan Laura Wood & Serena Confalonieri as part of a world class panel discussing all things colour & design for 2023 – it really was the perfect way to celebrate their 25th Anniversary of the ‘Dulux Colour Forecast’ here at Milan Design Week!
Followed by a group dinner at Ceresio 7, we seriously couldn’t go past the table decor – all designed by Serena Confalonieri herself!
01 – Salone Fair
Thanks to Euroluce we got be part of a captivating experience at their 2023 stand themed ‘The City of Lights’. Sharing various new launches and finishes of some of their iconic brands such as Davide Groppi, Oluce, Flos,
Designer Erwan Bouroullec with his new collection ‘Emi’ showcased his new light collection for Flos lighting. ‘Emi’ referencing, emission. “They are powerful, like a light cannon. I like their way of illuminating quite a lot. Dealing with the full room in one shot. Doing a lot with a few”
Michael Annastassiades also celebrated their new launch ‘Six Acts – My Circuit’ . A revolutionary and eclectic lighting system through brought to Australia through Flos Lighting.
Japanese design lab Honoka showcased it’s Tatami ReFAB Project furniture collection. This project was created using a material made my mixing biodegradable resin and Igusa grass sourced from old Tatami mats. The material is then weaved using an ExtraBold 3D printer, and has created some stunning and innovative pieces. The project aims to “preserve the cultural significance of Tatami and reintroduce it to modern life” and we can confidently say, we are loving the results.
02 – Wandering Through a World of Lights
With so much to see, we slowly wandered through a wonderland world of lighting. With innovation, design and colour at every turn, we met some of our favourites and found some new brands we immediately fell for including Tooy, Santa & Cole, Axo Light, Michael Anastassiades, and Davide Groppi.
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