We’re gearing up for one of the major design events in the year, Milan Design Week, which runs from 4 – 9 April.
We’ll be joining a number of our clients as they launch a host of high-profile furniture collections, collaborations and exhibitions. Vitra has exciting new launches planned by designers Antonio Citterio, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Jasper Morrison and Hella Jongerius, as well as by the descendants of Jean Prouvé and Charles and Ray Eames. Visit Vitra at Salone del Mobile (Hall 20, Stand D09/E16).
Italian furniture designer Stefano Bigi is designing a 1950s–inspired Maya Collection for Roche Bobois (Hall 6, Stand C30), and Italian brand Henge is launching a new collection by Massimo Castagna and a special collaboration with Yabu Pushelberg (Hall 16, Stand B34), which both feature the beautiful natural materials of bronze and brass, as well as use ancient casting techniques.
Visitors to the Stepevi Milan showroom (Via dell’Orso, 9, 20121) will experience a special installation, created by architect Carolina Nisivoccia, to mark the launch of the rug manufacturer’s new handcrafted collection, Sparkle.
An exhibition running from 4 – 8 April at Villa Necchi Campiglio (Via Mozart, 12, 20122), ‘Wander from Within’, will feature a new artisanal furniture collection co-designed by award-winning Japanese designer Shigeru Uchida and well-known art patron and founder of K11 and K11 Art Foundation, Adrian Cheng.
In fact, we have quite an Asia focus this year. The Hong Kong Design Centre will present “Confluence: 20+” at the Triennale di Milano (Viale Alemagna, 6, 20121), a monumental roving exhibition that marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the UK to China by celebrating 20 new generation designers – including Samuel Chan of Channels – and gives a great insight into the dynamic Hong Kong design scene.
At the same location, The Korea Craft and Design Foundation will present ‘Between Serenity and Dynamism‘, an exhibition that explores the beauty and heritage of Korean ceramics, and the contrast and harmony between the traditional and more contemporary, technologically advanced forms of the craft showcasing the work of some of the most illustrious ceramic masters currently working in Korea. Visit the Triennale di Milano (Viale Alemagna, 6, 20121).
After the initial concept launch last year, Carlo Ratti Associati will bring its award-winning, shape-shifting sofa, Lift-Bit 2.0, to Opendot (Via Tertulliano 70, 20137). Ratti himself will also join Arduino’s Massimo Banzi on 5 April (12.30pm) to discuss the Internet of things (IoT) revolution.
While over in Lambrate, in a 1930s building that the artist converted herself, will be exhibition ‘One Planet One Future’ by photographer Anne De Carbuccia, addressing environmental issues ranging from endangered species to global warming in a stunning visual show (Ventura Lambrate, Via Conte Rosso, 8, 20134).
Finally, pattern purveyors Eley Kishimoto make their first foray into woven textiles for interiors with their collaboration with Kirby Design. Always a joy to behold, their new collection of fabrics and wallcoverings is sure to deliver plenty of pep in an immersive installation that takes over an entire apartment. Visit them at Via Palermo 1, Level 2, 20120.
Thumbnail image credit (clockwise from top right): Roche Bobois, Wander From Within, Korea Craft and Design Foundation and Hong Kong Design Centre – Confluence: 20+