Diary: Milan Design Week (part 3)

This is the last installment, pardon the delay – lots of visiting designers and design events to cover the past week.

Day 5 was a lovely, sunny day, so I did some city exploring on my way to the Museo del Novecento.
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Even outside the museum, Fuorisalone had some attention-grabbing, er, “design people”.
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Day 6: The Brera district, where upmarket brands intersect with the Academy of Arts. Right out of the Moscova metro was Valcucine.
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The most pleasant surprise was Shigeru Ban’s modular wall cladding for Hermes.
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Outside the Arts & Crafts in Brera’s Ex Chiesa di San Carpoforo
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And inside
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At the Accademia’s Orto Botanico, where the Barovier&Toso installation of blue caves was set up:
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What is everyone looking at inside those caves?
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Barovier&Toso chandeliers
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Sharing the same garden, Zaha Hadid’s marble installation
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Went inside the Academy…
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Day 7: Tried to catch Design Dance at the Triennale Museum with my cousin Milcah, but they weren’t letting even early birds in anymore. Luckily there was a Vitra Design Museum show inside, too.
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Since we had extra time, we headed over to 10 Corso Como.
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And then I ran out of days. Didn’t get to see Ventura Lambrate, but that’s ok. It means there’s something new to see next year!

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Diary: Milan Design Week (part 2)

Day 3: Milan Fairgrounds, Rho. Back to finish the design halls, then Eurocucine.

Happy Britto chairs by Infiniti

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Roche Bobois
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Gufram’s iconic chairs, like the Bocca by Salvador Dali, were wired with counters to see which got sat on the most
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BD Barcelona
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BD Barcelona included Antoni Gaudi’s mirror

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See-through His and Her chairs by Fabio Novembre at Casamania
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Snuggie chair, anyone? Also at Casamania
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Opinion Ciatti
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Miele
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Snaidero
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Alessi
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This dude wouldn’t get out of frame…when I finally took my shot, he asked me to take his picture with the tableware.

“Barrels: The Third Life of Wood” was an exhibit of furniture developed from used wine barrels.
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Day 4: The cold, cold spring finally caught up with me, so I only had the energy to go back to MOST.
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I wanted to see La Cura by Studio Fay Too Good, where I was able to take a picture of the performance art before they announced that we shouldn’t (isn’t ignorance bliss?). We were supposed to taste, but because they didn’t explain what they were serving, I only sniffed the tiny spoonful of something in a white little cup. It smelled like chocolate. Then we were given blobs of cool, white clay to play with. Again, they didn’t explain what we were supposed to do, so most of us kept balling it between our palms. At the end of the performance, they collected our “creations” and added them to the installation.
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On my way out to explore more of MOST, guess who I found shooting a video:
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Yes, the Tom Dixon.

At MOST, La Chance
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Searching for Cassiopeia, designed by Fabrica for the Italian Chair District
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MOST had a designers’ market…
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…and a listening lounge
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From MOST I headed to nearby Spazio Rosanna Orlandi, to be wowed by the sumptuousness.
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Diary: Milan Design Week (part 1)

Day 1: Press preview day. Met SH, a Milan Fair veteran, in luxury furniture brand B&B Italia’s flagship store on Via Durini. I shadowed her as much as I can so I wouldn’t get lost.

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From Via Durini we headed towards Corso Europa, stopping by KME for a little education on copper cladding.

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The window displays at Cerruti Baleri caught our eye, so we slipped in to ogle the Maison Martin Margiela installation. There were other designers on show, too, but that was the name that you left the store remembering.

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Finally on Corso Europa, where SH shot Molteni & C’s settings with her SLR, and I shot with my iPhone (ha!).

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Then we walked to Artemide to see the Issey Miyake lamps.

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We spent some time at Skitsch, where we fell in love with the packed lunch. “It’s so nice for them to feed us poor journalists,” SH remarked as we figured out how to get to our next destination.

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We took the Metro to Via Olona and got semi-lost walking to see MOST by Tom Dixon at the Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Della Tecnologia. SH had an appointment with Moooi, so she left me here.

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From MOST I took the Metro to get to Via Tortona, got lost (again) looking for Design Village, and stumbled into Superstudio Piu at the Temporary Museum for New Design.

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Day 2: Milan Fairgrounds, Rho. On my own at the fair, picked up my press materials and devised my game plan in the press lounge. Today was all about the design halls, and as many CD-Rs and USBs as I can get from the brands we work with.

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Bonaldo
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Poliform
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Gervasoni (so far, my favorite booth)
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Meritalia
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Ligne Roset
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Porada
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Adrenalina
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Dedon
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Emu
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Riva
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Vitra
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Kartell
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Zanotta
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SaloneSatellite
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Met SH for coffee at the press lounge around 4pm, so we could go find Design Village featuring Cappellini, Cassina and Poltrona Frau.
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Part of Poltrona Frau’s centennial celebration was a competition for emerging designers to redefine its iconic armchair. Juliet is the winning chair.
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I liked it in blue.
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And I wasn’t the only one.
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Poltrona Frau played with color for its iconic pieces.
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And showed off a classic that was nearly as old as the brand.
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After Design Village, we went to Established&Sons and Bisazza Bagno.
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Marcel Wanders had a chandelier shower in his Bisazza collection.
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I liked these by Jaime Hayon, but I don’t know what they are.
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Last stop before dinner was Paola Navone’s pop-up shop, Merci.
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