This year, Milan Design Week returned with over two thousand exhibitors each showcasing amazing installations, with the newest collections from talented designers making their mark in the ever-growing design industry. Along with Salon del Mobile, Milan’s largest furniture fair, the city’s design districts hosted a myriad of innovative products and world-class furnishing. Once again Milan proves its status as design capital of the world.
With plenty of noteworthy designs to see, we’ve rounded up our top 10 picks from Milan Design Week 2017.
1. Shadows in the Windows
Designed by Andrea Ponti, Shadows in the Windows is a project inspired by Hong Kong‘s iconic urban landscape. Interpreting the city’s dense architecture, the steel square frame represents the window that looks out to a unique cityscape in the form of seats patterned after high-rise buildings. The project consists of eight individual designs in various colours which pay homage to the vibrant city lights. Truly one of a kind, this modern seating creates an eye-catching display ideal for a contemporary home.
Aptly named Kaleidoscope, this stunning table was designed by Andre Teoman as part of his exhibit in Salone Satellite. Inspired by psychedelic art, this oak table creates a brilliant visual effect with its mirrored tabletop. Art hung above the table is reflected a hundred-fold, making the kaleidoscope table a mesmerizing masterpiece.
3. Dark Ages
With a mix of modern and traditional, Davide Auquini‘s Dark Ages project sheds light on the rediscovery of lapis specularis, a material once popular with the ancient Romans for designing windows and greenhouses. The project features a series of tables with a geometric metal structure and a mosaic tabletop, combining flakes of lapis specularis with black resin.
4. Tectonic Tables
Presented by the Nilufar Gallery, Tectonic Tables No. 2 is the brainchild of Maarten De Ceulaer who was inspired by the constant movement of the earth. Produced with the famous Belgian stone company Vandenweghe, these marble tables are equipped with brass legs that can be used to link and rotate the different leveled tables with each other to mimic the shifting of the earth. Similar to nesting tables, De Ceulaer’s design boasts vibrant marble finishes that can breathe life into the living space.
5. PaperBricks Sculpt Series
Woojai Lee makes a strong comeback with his PaperBricks Sculpt Series featuring a coffee table, stool and side table made out of recycled newspapers. The series explores the material’s capacity to be both soft and hard presenting it in the form of everyday furniture. The resulting pieces are part of a unique set with a sculpture-like quality. Woojai Lee began his exploration of recycled newspapers with PaperBricks, which you can read about in our interview here.
6. Visioni A and B
First seen in 2016, Visioni is presented this year by CC-Tapis in two new chromatic variations. Designed by the world-renowned Patricia Urquiola, Visioni A and Visioni B take on playful geometric forms with a 3D effect. They’re hand knotted in Nepal with the finest Himalayan wool and are wonderful for adding depth and dimension to walls and floors.
7. Acoustic Landscapes
Form meets function with Robin Pleun Maas‘ Acoustic Landscapes exhibited by Form and Seek. Pleun Maas employs contrasting techniques, such as handcrafted embroidery and digital pattern cutting, to create Acoustic Landscapes in order to capture the development of design from handmade to the use of advanced technologies. The bright woven textiles combine soft wool felt with ropes that can be used to improve acoustics when applied to walls or floors.
Exhibited in Ventura Lambrate, Lise Vester created Pallium, a line of tactile products that provide comfort and therapy for bedridden hospice patients. The line includes two adjustable pillows, and a sound pillow made from memory foam and portable Beoplay A1 speakers. Apart from the range’s vibrancy, Pallium makes it into our favorites by tackling the importance of quality care and purposefulness in its design.
Experimental designer Tomas Kral collaborates with Nude this year to present Parrot, his quirky and playful jug and tumbler set. With each piece decorated by hand, this hand-blown glass collection includes a jug and glass pair in colorful shades and metallic trims. We’re big fans of making meal time fun, and there’s no going wrong with the uniqueness of these carafes.
Disguise is a flower vase created by Japanese design studio We + for Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Made entirely from layers of wax, the result is an orb-shaped planter that gives off a gorgeous glow when reflected with light reminiscent of the moon.
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If you’re interested in reading more about design fairs, check out our top picks from Design Miami/2016.