Salone del Mobile highlights
Words Mark Hooper
Photographs Sam Walton
As regular visitors will know, the official Fiera Milano is like a city in itself… but it’s the myriad pop-ups, design quarters and unofficial events scattered throughout the town that often throw up the most unexpected delights. Ahead of a full review, here are some of our favourites from 2018 thus far…
Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran describe their design studio as presenting ‘objects created by historical design masters liv[ing] together with reclaimed materials and other “bespoke” objects to create and forge a particular atmosphere’. In practice, this means pumping a showroom full of dry ice to display their Memphis-meets-antiques furniture collection, or guiding visitors through a magical, dimly lit succession of rooms to peer at their theatrical sets housed within Bedouin-style tents. A must-see – as the queue of design enthusiasts winding up the stairs to their studio attests.
Observatory by Lee Broom
The first rule of Salone is: though shalt Instagram Lee Broom. As ever, the lighting designer’s work, playing with horizontal and vertical space, is stunningly presented in a series of rooms off via Lovanio.
Via Lovanio, 6 Milano, 20121
Wallpaper* magazine’s Handmade series has become a staple of Milan Design Week, promoting the values we espouse at H&C Towers. This year Pinch display a new armoire, Elan – showing their fashion-forward nous by echoing the colour scheme of our new Nest Issue. Also worth checking out are the fantastic designs inspired by Russian avant-garde artist El Lissitzky.
Via Della Moscova 28
Open Sky Installation by Phillip K. Smith III for COS
Always ones for an inspired collaboration, COS have invited the artist Phillip K Smith to install this amazing reflective sculpture that reveals a different view of the sky for each viewer.
Open Sky at Palazzo Isimbardi
Corso Monforte 35
Spread over three storeys of this vast warehouse, Nilufar depot is a veritable mecca for the furniture enthusiast. Gallery founder Nina Yashar and her sister Nilu, working with a small team, have built an enviable collection of historical and contemporary designs, stored in this depot that has to be seen.
Depot Viale Vincenzo Lancetti, 34
Altered States by Snarkitecture for Caesarstone
Similarly, New York-based architecture studio Snarkitecture always bring something surprising to their partnerships. This project with Caesarstone explores the familiar subject of the kitchen island, reimagining it as inspired by the changing states of water in nature – so forms mimicking glaciation, the flow of rivers and the effect of geysers portray ice, water and steam. Naturally.
Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana
Corso di Porta Romana 10, 20122, Milan
Antwerp-based interiors store-cum-brand make the leap this year from displaying other people’s homewares to presenting their own collection, designed by owner Thomas Haarmann.
Via Santa Marta 18
It’s hard to keep up with Tyler Hays’ brilliantly crazy projects. As well as his BDDW and M.Crow brands, he has just launched a new imprint, ILM (Independent Leather Company) specialising in upcycling their off-cuts. His store on via Santa Marta rivals 10 Corso Como and the late, lamented Colette for the title of our favourite shop ever: the perfect place to stop off and buy a vintage longbow, a handmade oil painting jigsaw puzzle or a child-size WWII army jeep. Oh and he’s just launched his own in-store radio station too – as you do. Check their M. Crow Radio site for their series of podcast interviews – including Hole & Corner’s founder Sam Walton and editor Mark Hooper (coming soon)…
Via Santa Marta 21