Milano’ s Fuorisalone 2019 left us – in addition to long queues – new proposals that will mark the route for the following season. We already shared some of them in our stories. Today we want to go deeper into some of them.
“No Man’s Land” by Kvadrat and Raf Simons was a sensory exhibition. Simons’s sixth collection for the textile brand. Distinctively textured designs include long-fibred mohairs reminiscent of sheepskin, short-pile velour, and soft irregular bouclés. The garden installation of the Belgian florist Mark Colle welcoming the visitor was remarkably refreshing, and in contrast to the industrial setting in which the exhibition took place, it took us to the landscapes in expressionist paintings, as well as to the ATOM fabric collection. Raff Simons’s extraordinary private collection was an exhibit showcasing remarkable pieces from the Chandigarh project. Overall a space where you can enjoy the abstract thinking on textiles.
Apparatus Interlude collection unfolds influenced by music, with motifs that evoke synaesthetic interpretations of the notes—a study of materiality and refinement. The experimentation with hand embroidery, alabaster, Carpathian burl, and eel skin ground, make the collection a design reference. Thank you, Jeremy, for accompanying and guiding us through this wonderful fantasy.
In via Solferino 11, Elisa Ossino, in collaboration with Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer, presented Perfect Darkness. The apartment showcased their new brand H+O, a collection of ceramics with a different concept on how this object should relate to the living space.The aim was to give the tiles an architectural value and a powerful graphic sign, to make them come out of the kitchen and the bathroom and become a construction element for all rooms. We particularly loved perforated bricks that filter the light in the bedroom, a contemporary view of the Mediterranean tradition — Grazie a Elisa who guided us through the apartment explaining every detail.
In addition to its usual exhibition in Via Solferino’s showroom -which we loved-, Dimorestudio presented at the old Cinema
Arti ‘Interstellar,’ a new collection of furniture, lights, objects, and fabrics. The Italian duo also paid tribute to the French malletier Au Départ, framing them in a spectacular installation.
The Parisian design publicist David Giroire together with the creative director Jerome Bazzocchi founded an ambitious new furniture brand dedicated to doing limited-edition works by lesser-known talents: Theoreme Editions. Of this first collection, we loved the two groundbreaking lamps (floor and desk) in chamotte concrete and brass by Emmanuelle Simon, and the tremendous sculptural library and a free-standing mirror with a lacquered panel with brass and Onyx accents, by Joris Poggioli.
To celebrate the 100 years of one of the most relevant and oldest furnaces in Italy, Poggi Ugo, Masquespacio created the Land installation. “A journey to rediscover the earth at its natural essence, as an exuberant and peaceful oasis.” Masquespacio designed excellent pieces in terracotta creatively presenting them with a dream background to enhance them. An ode to terracotta.
This year’s HERMES home honored materials in all of their forms. In a space designed by interior designer and co-artistic director of Hermès Maison, Charlotte Macaux Perelman, the new collection was presented in a diverse and luxurious range of materials.Fantastic designs in porcelain, textiles, marquetry. We were particularly struck by the series of lamps combining bamboo, paper, and coppered steel designed by Tomás Alonso. Thank you @hermes, for inviting us to an epic opening party!
Spotti Milano presented a selection of Italian and international furniture top brands. Among which, we were fascinated by the
eclectic and consistent pieces from Collection Particulière and the magistral proportions and infinite details of Delcourt Collection. A breath of fresh air.
Outside the usual circuit, at Six Gallery in via Scaladasole, we found the new design collection Six Project II, by Quincoces-Dragò. The duo presented a careful combination of indigo and white colors, dark and shiny woods, dense textile patterns, and bamboo and straw textures, all of which softly illuminating lights through rice paper lamps transporting us to a dream Japan. Giant Uchiwa lamps by Ingo Maurer, a set of six chairs by George Nakashima, two armchairs, and a bench by Pierre Jeanneret, two chairs by Joaquim Tenereiro and a wardrobe by Guglielmo Ulrich, all contrasting with the natural materials of their vintage pieces. Thank you, David, for receiving us and walking us through the exhibition.
Last, but not least Cristina Celestino presented a very interesting oniric-like project in an unexpected domestic scenario, inspired by space and its antithesis, the underwater world.
Bonus: At the Salone Satellite, around 550 young designers presented their designs. We fell in love with Lennart Ebert minimalist Quijote lamp. With a rotatable head allowing to switch from direct to indirect light seamlessly.
This was our selection from the Milan 2019 Fuorisalone… See you next year!