Milan Design Week: Hermes goodness

Beyond wrist and arm candy (in The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Priestly wears a white Hermes scarf around her wrist; in Le Divorce the Kelly Bag appears as a character much more glamorous than Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson; and of course we all know about the Birkin), Hermes is also known for its small fashion and home accessories.

Like these picnic gear from the Spring-Summer 2013 Objets collection:


At Milan Design Week this year, Hermes launched its newest home collection, consisting of furniture, fabrics and wallpaper (the luxury brand launched its first full furniture collection in 2011, and went into wall units last year).





There’s still some of that traditional equestrian touch if you look closely, but this new collection feels much younger and edgier than previous accessories, shapes and prints.

I loved the set-up in Brera last year, especially because of Shigeru Ban’s Module H, and from the pictures this year, could only wish to have seen the presentation in person. Home collection launches and the occasional Hermes-sponsored art exhibit openings are the only time I can ever touch and absorb the Hermes goodness…oh, and when I receive the magazine/catalogue in the mail.
Images courtesy Hermes


It’s Milan Design Week again

…and while I may not be there this year, I’m keeping tabs (or rather, the PR reps are sending updates) on my favorite designers.

At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, one of the most amazing spaces during Saloni week, Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc is at it again.
Nika Zupanc

Her installation this year:
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She’s launching the Full Moon lamp for the brand Se:
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Not as dramatic as previous works, but maybe that’s a sign of maturing. I do love her previous works:
This was last year’s installation, which got me started on a rose-gold/copper obsession.

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summer chair table
Summer chair and table

One of her earlier designs, now manufactured by Moooi – the Lolita lamps

Also manufactured by Moooi – the 5oclock chair.

I can’t find my photos of her stuff in Moooi’s showroom at Zona Tortona, and at the Salone Satellite’s anniversary installation last year, but I’ll add them here when I do.

I don’t wish I were there because it’s freezing in Milan now, but I wish I were there just to be immersed in all the beauty of design.