The best of Milan Design Week 2014

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Discover | No Comments
The best of Milan Design Week 2014

Milan Design Week, or the Salone del Mobile, Milan, is an expo of the best in furniture and home related design. The 2014 edition, held from April 8 – 13, 2014, was the 53rd edition and also showcased innovations in lighting and kitchen and bathroom fixtures.

More than 300,000 visitors thronged to the pavilions this year. Amongst leading names putting their wares on display were Kartell, Fendi, Marimekko, Hermes, and Marni.

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Hermes was at the Design Week, with its collection for homes entitled Necessaire d’Hermes

Hermes was at the Design Week, with its collection for homes entitled Necessaire d’Hermes

[Photo credit: www.designboom.com]

Another interesting initiative was Saloni Satellite, an exhibition which put the spotlight on young designers.

Here’s a look at some highlights from Milan Design Week 2014:

Citizen Light is Time installation

Citizen Ecodrive watches are renowned for harnessing light as the power source to make their products tick – literally. At their Milan Design Week debut this year, Citizen put together a stunning installation, Light is Time.

Image: light is timeThe installation was made up of more than 80,000 watch plates hung at varying heights

The installation was made up of more than 80,000 watch plates hung at varying heights

[Photo credit: www.mymodernmet.com]

The talent behind this gorgeous creation was Tsuyoshi Tane, a Paris based architect, who collaborated with Citizen’s own design team. The stunning installation conveyed weightlessness and timelessness. Exhibits within this golden curtain paid tribute to the brand’s precision and craftsmanship. One watch on display dated back to the 1920s.

View the installation here:


Pucci meets Bisazza

When the fashion label Pucci, known for its bold, colorful prints, joined hands with the world’s most imaginative mosaic manufacturer, the result was nothing less than explosive. The Milan based company, whose glass mosaics adorn walls, floors, swimming pools and exteriors, interpreted many of Pucci’s iconic designs such as Alba, Amalie, Collane, Fontana and Vivara. At the exhibition, the original garments were juxtaposed with their Bisazza counterparts.

Here’s a look at the riot of colors on display in this much-awaited collection:

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All photos courtesy: http://www.bisazza-australia.com.au/bisazza-wears-emilio-pucci/

Ice Chandelier by Daniel Libeskind for Lasvit

Lasvit is a Czech design house specializing in contemporary light fixtures, many of which feature glass and were on display at the Salone. In this interpretation by the Polish designer Daniel Libeskind, glass was blown into imperfect, hollow cubes and cuboids, and then fixed on a triangular plate. The result is a stunning, geometric, yet fluid chandelier that looks like icicles clinging to a roof. Each shape was hand-blown. When lit up, the glass reflects and refracts light beams in a spectacular way.

Image: Ice chandelier

The shapes can be re-arranged and reconfigured on the base

The shapes can be re-arranged and reconfigured on the base

[Photo credit: www.dezeen.com]

Smart PACO speaker by Digital Habits

Also at Milan Design Week 2014 was the winner of 2014 Red Dot Design Awards. This cool speaker is made of unexpected materials – concrete and Fir wood. According to the company’s website, the concrete “body enhances the deepness of bass and the harmonic wood gives clearness to the treble”. Don’t be fooled by the retro styling though, this is a thoroughly futuristic product, with Bluetooth enabled streaming that allows you to play music from any device, and controls that are operated via gestures. Some reviewers have also suggested that the use of concrete makes the PACO speaker uniquely long-lasting.

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The top of the PACO speaker has sensors which allow you to control it through gestures

The top of the PACO speaker has sensors which allow you to control it through gestures

[Photo credit: www.inhabitat.com]

Hariri & Hariri Crystaline Bath collections

We’ve already blogged about this architect duo and their amazing bath collection here. This collection is Inspired by nature, and the facets found on rock faces or crystals. It earned a mention in the official blog of the Milan Design Week, which said the design was part of “a less frigid, more narrative dimension” and that it seemed to “pursue a mineral organicism”.

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The design of the bath is inspired by facets on crystal

[Photo credit: dwell.com]

Methacrylate Chandeliers by Jacopo Foggini

The grand dame of design, Rossana Orlandi held an exhibition, Untold, in connection with the Design Week. The exhibit washoused at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, and its Neo-Renaissance interiors formed the perfect setting for this stunning light installation by the  Milan-based designer.

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Methacrylate, a polymer, finds an unlikely poetry in the hands of Jacopo Foggini

Methacrylate, a polymer, finds an unlikely poetry in the hands of Jacopo Foggini

[Photo credit: www.designboom.com]

The Milan Design week also saw the relaunch of two classics – Arne Jacobsen’s Drop Chair from 1958 and Carl Hanson and Sons’ Metropolitan chair from 1949.

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Arne Jacobsen’s Drop chair: Old classics return to delight design lovers

Arne Jacobsen’s Drop chair: Old classics return to delight design lovers

[Photo credit: www.dezeen.com]

Marni Animal House

And finally, it’s impossible to look back at Salone Del Mobile 2014 without a mention of this exhibit by Marni. This tongue-in-cheek collection of animal wire sculptures and bright PVC furniture had a larger charitable motive: it was made by disadvantaged Colombian women.

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Marni’s whimsical wildlife and colorful furniture were among the talking points of the Design Week

Marni’s whimsical wildlife and colorful furniture were among the talking points of the Design Week

[Photo credit:www.frameweb.com ]

And here’s a wonderful, heartfelt video showing the women making the furniture:


What was your favorite exhibit of the Milan Design Week 2014? Share your thoughts in comments below.

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