Before we go more in-depth on individual shows and installations in Milan, we share some of this year's highlights.
Another sunny April means another Milan Design Week ? the annual Italian celebration of furniture and product design that draws crowds from across the globe. Before we get started with more in-depth posts on individual shows and installations, here is a flavor of some of the highlights from this year’s festival.
Definitely one of the most Instagrammed installations this year, was Jaime Hayon’s Stone Age Folk for Caesarstone. It was housed in the Palazzo Serbelloni and inspired by “flora, fauna and folklore” with references to the 1851 Great Exhibition?s Crystal Palace. “I hope, with this very graphic and folkloric installation, to put a smile on people’s faces,” says Hayon. He certainly did that.
La Pelota is always a favorite destination during Milan Design Week and this year played host for the launch of Hermès’ latest homeware collection, including a cast bronze table by British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, and this quilted cashmere throw by SeulgiLee.
Dutch Invirtuals is a collective of designers from the Netherlands established by curator and art director Wendy Plomp in response to an invitation to showcase Dutch design in Milan in 2009. Eight years and a string of shows in both Milan and Eindhoven later, Harvest is their latest show. “We project our visions into the future to guide progress,” says Plomb. EDHV (above) is by Thomas Ballouhey. “By looking at things without preconceptions, materials and techniques can be harvested from an unfamiliar perspective,” he says.
Milan’s newest design district is Ventura Centrale, hosted in five of 150 railway arches under Central Station that have been closed for 30 years. May I Have Your Attention Please" by Maarten Baas and Lensvelt saw the launch of these anthropomorphic chairs alongside an insta...