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The First Taste Of Milan Design Week

We are here, we made it – Milan Design Week! Also known as Milan Furniture Fair, Salone del Mobile, Milano Salone or just plain Salone. I’m going to stick with Milan Design Week.

Milan Design Week is overwhelming in size, scope and variety – what to do first, where to go next?? There are literally hundreds of events and exhibits around the city, not to mention the sprawling trade fair on the outskirts of town.

Luckily enough, we had our plans for the first night. We were invited to the launch of The Royal Danish Academy’s exhibit, from their department of architecture and design. That’s right, we were checking out work from the up and coming designers who are following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Kaare Klint, Borge Mogensen, Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen. They’ve got some big shoes to fill! That being said, their was some great pieces, especially our favourite, the Widen Lounge.

The theme for their exhibit was Type, and it was based around creating a chair that would be an evolution or conceptualisation of the basic ‘type’ stick chair.

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UPPERSIT by Anette Byberg and Camilla Aggestrup.
“legs, back and seat melt together both in construction and shape…our intention was to make a chair where all parts are supported by each other. Removing one ‘stick’ the chair will fall apart”

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WIDEN LOUNGE by Shannon Payton and Ar����nas Sukarevi���ius

“a bold departure from the formal tradition of the Windsor chair, the Widen Lounge emits a playful, humorous disposition…the generous low and wide seat invites a casual intimacy…or an afternoon alone with coffee, music and a good book”

Alongside the Royal Danish Academy were other exhibits including Aalto University School of Arts in Finland which showcased stunning pieces from furniture to fashion to ceramics.

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Shot from the Aalto University School of Design’s exhibit.

The Kolding School of Design in Denmark also had a strking exhibit set up with individual pieces housed in repurposed shipping containers.

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Here, Joel is checking out one of the Kolding School pieces, a huge chandelier made of 7000 lego pieces. Awesome!

Anyway, gotta get back out there. Stay tuned for more reports from Milan Design Week. Ciao!


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