Outside the fair in the whirlwind that is Milan Design Week, it’s nearly impossible to see everything. Rookies loose time getting wrapped up in it all, veterans follow traditions that thwart the seeing a surprise standout, and both have to endure scarce, spendy Ubers and incessant sleep-deprivation. Looking back on last week’s festivities, we’ve compiled some of our favorite presentations made around town, each by a different member of The List.
Hidden in a former goldsmith atelier located behind a courtyard, Diesel Living transformed a light-filled space [Via Cesare Correnti, 14] into a home. Creative director Andrea Rosso told Surface the interiors—which housed earth-toned pieces by Foscarini, Moroso, Scavolini, Seletti, and others—were informed by a trip to Mexico; the region’s concrete, iron, wood, and foliage were referenced in the textiles and colors of the objects on view.
Near the Duomo, Czech glass manufacturer Lasvit showed little monsters—channeled from designers’ dreams or childhood memories—in the Teatro Gerolamo, a neoclassical puppet theater [8 Piazza Cesare Beccaria].
Deluxe luggage company Rimowa teamed up with rising star Dozie Kanu to mark its first Milan Design Week exhibition [Via Achille Maiocchi, 7], where the designer used aluminum (the material used to make the brand’s enduring suitcases) to create clever, functional sculptures.
Obligatory trips to Bar Basso were enhanced by the meeting spot’s first-ever installation [Via Plinio, 39], where fixtures by lighting designer Gabriel Scott filled its windows and interiors.
Australia’s SP01 offered two presentations, one in District 5 Vie [Via Cesare Correnti 14] and the other in Tortona [Via Tortona 31], featuring a new collection by London-based, New Zealand–based Tim Rundle.
Evoking a similar breath of fresh air was Calico Wallpaper’s joint installation [Via Maroncelli, 7] with Lindsey Adelman, called “Beyond the Deep,” where founders Nick and Rachel Cope’s Oceania murals set the stage for Adelman’s Drop lighting system.
India Mahdavi’s bathroom concept for Bisazza Bagno [Via Senato, 2] got our blood pumping.
So did Nodus’s ornate new collection of rugs by eight designers including Maarten Baas, Nendo, and Alessandra Baldereschi [Via Cavalieri del Santo Sepolcro, 3].
Also on our most-loved list are Lauren Rottet’s furniture collection that was shown at Rizzoli Galleria [Corso Vittorio Emanuele II].
Mayice Studio’s Filamento light—made in Spain from a single piece of glass measuring more than three feet long—hung at Rossana Orlandi [Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16].
A satisfying high note was Lee Broom’s “Observatory” exhibition in a Grade II-listed building in Brera [Via Lovanio, 6]. The space’s powder blue carpet contrasted with a quartet of the designer’s latest fixtures—Eclipse, Orion, Aurora, and Tidal—creating a dreamy, calming retreat to reflect on the day.
Opening photo: Installation view of Calico Wallpaper’s joint installation with Lindsey Adelman. (Photo: Lauren Coleman)