With just enough time for her feet to touch the ground from MIPIM,
Olivia accompanied our Sales & Suppler Consultant, Melinda and Interiors
Team Leader, Sukie for furniture’s 55th annual extravaganza, Salone
Given that the Salone is part of Milan Design week - where
all the design districts across Milan host events - we knew that we were in for
more than just a feast in furniture but also architecture. With that in mind,
it was apt that we started our journey on a platform at Grimshaw’s refurbished
London Bridge station.
Once settled in the Airbnb we ventured out - our first
stop being Tom Dixon’s showcase at the Rotunda della Besana – this year
Tom Dixon teamed up with Wallpaper and Caesarstone to create ‘The Restaurant’,
which for the week was set in its stunning baroque headquarters. Entwined
with Tom Dixon’s incredible furniture and lighting, Ceaserstone had hand
crafted cooking situations amongst a series of geometrical marble
Later that evening we were lucky enough to be invited along
to the now legendary evening event. We knew we were in for a treat, as the
event last year, hosted in a redundant cinema, was epic! This year the guestlist
was made up of over 2000 names - If your name wasn’t down, you literally weren’t getting in.
Once inside we saw the space come alive with atmospheric
lighting and music from Horsemeat Disco and Tom’s band, Rough. We were treated
to ginger and burnt orange whiskies, black cakes, white meringues, almond
granita and dark dark chocolate.
We had a fabulous time, thank you to Tom Dixon
and the team for having us.
An honourable mention has to go to Lee Broom’s lovely lorry -
another fantastic concept, Lee drove his mini showroom around Milan all week –
GENIUS we say!
Day 2 we split up, with Sukie and Melinda heading to Brera to
check out the showrooms and meet clients for lunch and Olivia heading to The
Fiera! Designed by Massimiliano Fuksas and at 2.5M sqft of exhibition space there is no better venue to showcase thousands of stunning pieces from
the furniture world.
Weaving through various man bags and massive sunglasses here
are some favourites from Arper, Zanotta and OFFECT:
stand was Cassina equipped with an architectural model
Stand out chair was Vitra’s APC (all plastic chair designed by Jasper Morrison - available 2017), not
only showcased at the Fiera but also at their exhibit “Casa Vitra”
in borrowed space Spazio Edit.
Seeing Zaha’s Planter at Serralunga’s stand
and Vitra’s sensations reminded us that Zaha Hadid’s Fire Station was
her first completed building…
that evening we were joined by clients to toast what was a fabulous few days of
furniture with Aperols and Negronis at the much famed Bar Basso. I think that
the photos speak for themselves - this really was the place to be for who’s
who in the world that is furniture.
… see all photos here!
prossimo anno Milano!
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