Day 1 | Milan Design Week

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It’s this time of the year: Milan Design Week has just opened this morning, and once again you can spot enthusiastic visitors who are eager to see as much design as they can, in a very short time. Thus, I can’t think of a better way to start the day as with “Housewarming”, the smart installation by Airbnb and Fabrica (Benetton’s research lab), set within the private home of Palazzo Crespi.

Housewarming by Fabrica for Airbnb

This joint venture invites visitors to interact with 19 international designers and their unique concepts of “welcoming”. The designers celebrate in different ways the connections that guests and hosts experience through sharing a home, and how these unique relationships begin with a simple welcome.

For example, to Pascal Hien, from Germany, a coat hanger represents the idea of hospitality (“when hosts take your coat, they put it on a hanger”). He has been re-examining the traditional production techniques and visitors can check their coats and bags in and use the coat hangers he has designed from a single sheet of plywood, folded to transform it into something infinitely more robust. Chandni Kabra, from India, has created her own interactive-moving version of the traditional Indian rangoli, a colourful flower carpet that adorns the entrance of Indian homes to welcome important guests or celebrate festivals.

Chandni Kabra. Housewarming by Fabrica for Airbnb

Launched at the Design Miami in 2012, and presented at Palazzo Bocconi, the “Objets Nomades” range by Louis Vuitton includes 16 objects - from a hammock to a foldable stool - all made in limited editions by A list designers such as Patricia UrquiolaMaarten BaasNendoRaw EdgesBarber & Osgerby and others. The designers were given the brief to come up with portable objects, inspired by Louis Vuitton’s signature luggage and travel accessories, and to pay homage to the brand’s special orders of the past.

Maracatu by Brothers Campana for Louis Vuiton's 'Objets Nomades'

Concertina Chair by Raw Edges for Louis Vuiton's 'Objets Nomades'

Bell Lamps by Barber & Osgerby for Louis Vuiton's 'Objets Nomades'

The exhibition “Nendo works 2014-2015” presents a breath-taking installation in its minimalism and precision, all designed by the acclaimed Japanese studio. Over 100 of its latest works are being presented through the entire Museo della Permanente. The first floor includes tables, shelves and other objects made for Glas Italia, including nine new collections. The second floor hosts a wide range of objects designed for brands like MorosoHäagen-Dazs,AlcantaraFoscarini and others..

Layers by Nendo for Glas Italia. Photo: Kenichi Sonehara

Nendo for Glas Italia

Chocolatexture by Nendo. Photo: Akihiro Yoshida

Under the name “Eat me! Drink me! Tell me that you Love Me”, Wallpaper* magazine presents a bunch of exhibitions and collaborations. For the 5th edition of the Handmade exhibition, an impressive group of creative minds, designers and manufacturing talents, were called on to celebrate gastronomy and the art of entertaining. Among them you can find FormaFantasma studio with a new table designed using Caesarstone surfaces, or the nice 'Tuju' chef-Gardner tool kit, designed by Ivan Ralston, Brunno Jahara and Rubens Simöes. This exhibition runs alongside a beautiful collection of Afghan rugs that were designed by designers such as Jaime HayonFredrikson Stallardstudio and Nanimarquina, and even one rug that was designed by the magazine’s editor, Tony Chambers.

'Tuju' by Ivan Ralston, Brunno Jahara and Rubens Simöes for Wallpaper* Handmade

Making of Tony Chambers' Rug for Wallpaper* Handmade

At last, the best way to end your day will be by Visiting Palazzo Serbelloni, giving your feet some rest and taking a ride on the swings, designed by Philippe Malouin for Caesarstone. After that you will be able to enjoy the colourful and sophisticated handmade group of planters, that documents Malouin’s process of experimentation with material and technique.

Stay tuned to Caesarstone online for updates throughout the week, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Planters by Philippe Malouin


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