How would you sum up your Milan 2022 experience.…
Milan Design Week 2022 was a complete sensory overload. The energy, hustle, bustle and passion of the city was electric! Following the cancellation of Milan’s preeminent design festival in 2020, and its smaller, more intimate iteration the following year, meant an abundance of inspiration was felt bursting from every direction. It was incredible to catch up with our suppliers after such a long time and see our new releases in the flesh. The creativeness, colour, vibrance and the love of design that transforms Milan is so magical.
It’s going to be like picking your favourite child but, which products were your stand outs from our brands new releases?
It’s going to be a tie between the new Cizeta Penelope range; the armchair in particular, is masterfully hand crafted with 370m of cord, and the TON 822 range; a modern take on the classic Hoffmann 811… so much more beautiful in the flesh.
Highlight stands at Salone?
The Pedrali stand is possibly the largest of all stands at Salone del Mobile and is always such a highlight. This year, the colour palate was on point, and the stand was filled with new releases. Much of which was outdoor furniture, something we all want right now!
What was your favourite installation you visited?
Hands down the Buccelatti homewares installation, “Galateo – A Journey into Conviviality” – a series of 4 mirrored pods designed by Stefano Boeri Interiors on the rooftop of Buccelati’s Milan headquarters. Each pod was then internally designed to showcase a different range – by Patricia Urquiola, Studio Dimore, Ashley Hicks and Federica Sala. Simply WOW!
Favourite person you met?
It must be Yiannis Ghikas, the designer of our infamous Miniforms Soda Tables. He is such a humble, talented designer. It was incredible to hear from him directly the inspiration and process behind the soda tables and share with him how much the Australians love his product. This year, Miniforms presents Soda in two new colours: Amethyst and Blue to accompany the original shades of Petrol and Amber.
Watch our video with Yiannis here.
Most spontaneous part of your trip?
Visitng Villa Necchi and finding ourselves part of a poolside private party, all of a sudden sipping Aperol Spritzes. Needless to say, I had to pinch myself to believe it was actually happening!
Best meals you had? (JRF dinner?)
Another tie! A fabulous dinner for an amazing group of Aussies in Milan at Giacomo Bistrot. SO many laughs, such incredible food in the sublime institution that is Giacomo!
Alongside lunch at La Latteria, a tiny family run restaurant that unless you know… you would never know! They don’t take bookings so we were very lucky to get a spot and be fed by the owner and chef who only cooks on sterling silver cookware! Served by his wife (who speaks no English!) The best!!!
Favourite place you had a cocktail?
Villa Necchi of course!
Place that took your breath away?
Ateliers Baranzate, a collaborative exhibition of approximately 20 artists in a converted industrial wasteland in outer Milan. The space was incredible and housed stunning works, highlights by my current favourite artist Ben Storms, KRJST Studio and Galerie Philia.
The lobster and fresh tomato dish at Trattoria del Pescatore also took my breath away!!!!
I always love seeing the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, the concrete behemoth designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Fondazione Prada, designed by Rem Koolhaas and how do you go past the Duomo di Milano?!?!
Proud Principal Partners
In Collaboration with The Local Project
The Eat Drink Design Awards Shortlist 2022
Salone del Mobile 2022
Our Top Picks for Melbourne Design Week 2022
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INDE Awards 2020
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Melbourne Design Week 2020
Amber Wallis Exhibition
Pedrali at Salone del Mobile 2019
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