Last week, we talked through the team’s exploits in Milan while celebrating the launch of the latest in the series of collaboration’s between Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana, but Salone doesn’t stop there. Once the girls had said their goodbyes to our lovely guests, it was onwards to discover what the rest of the show had to offer.
After a quick pitstop for lunch in the prettiest restaurant imaginable, Vic & Izzy perused the famous Brera design district – the busiest quarter of Milan during Salone. Some of our favourite displays came from Seletti, Edizioni and Kirkby Design, but we also had a soft spot for an art exhibition from Melissa – the famous animal-friendly and ethical plastic used in shoes for over 35 years. This flower wall (pictured below) designed by Francesca Pasquali made us smile!
We then checked into our Air BnB – a cool loft-style apartment in the Navigli region of Milan – before heading out to the launch party of the Dezeen x Ikea Festival in the buzzing Ventura district. There we caught up with several familiar faces from the media world, before heading round the corner for our first pizza of the trip (washed down with the odd beer or two).
From left: Lee Broom’s Time Machine, Carl Hansen & Sons’ Milan Home, designed by Despina Curtis, and Wallpaper*s Handmade project
On day three, we were up bright and early to make the most of our last day in Milan. First stop was Lee Broom’s Time Machine, housed in an underground vault beneath Milan’s beautiful Centrale station. The presentation was quite like no other, and it’s no surprise Lee Broom’s name is on everyone’s lips each year. This time round, an eerie white carousel displayed a wide selection of lamps from the British designer’s latest lighting collection, and the venue’s whitewashed walls provided a blank canvas for the carousel to do all the talking.
We then hotfooted it back to the Brera district, where we checked out Bang & Olufsen’s ‘A New Way With Sound’ presentation. This was one of our favourite displays of the whole trip, and not just because we represent the brand’s counterpart, B&O PLAY! The new collection of speakers, while looking gorgeous, sounded absolutely incredible – and Bang & Olufsen’s presence during Salone goes to show just how much design and technology are intertwined these days.
With a heavy heart it was time to head home. Salone continues to be one of the most significant events in the design calendar. It’s also one of the largest and over three days it’s likely our girls only saw a tenth of what the city has to offer. With this in mind, we’re going to have to send them for a full week next year…. See you in 2018, Milano!