With the coinciding kick-offs of Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week, there is a lot going on right now in Milan. This week we’ll be covering all of what the design, luxury, fashion, and cultural brands are presenting, whether through their events, installations, or exhibitions. Here’s a first look at what brands like Louis Vuitton, Caesarstone, and Missoni are showcasing this week.
Louis Vuitton shared Les Petits Nomades, a mini-sized extension of their Objets Nomades collection. This elegant and innovative group of decorative objects are perfect for gifting or adding just the right touch on any room in the home. Each piece was created by designers like Atelier Oï, Humberto & Fernando Campana, Marcel Wanders, and Patricia Urquiola.
Staying true to Giorgio Armani’s always-recognizable aesthetic, Armani/Casa’s latest collection blends the urban and natural to create sophisticated, compact, and lightweight furniture. Several pieces feature a wood and plexi-glass composition (a first for the brand), offering a pleasant balance between warmth and cool transparency.
FLOS is presenting its latest collection of light fixtures, Arrangements. These geometric, jewel-like chandeliers were designed by Michael Anastassiades, inspired by a fascination of the connection between lighting and jewelry.
Herman Miller debuted its series by Studio 7.5, COSM. No ordinary office chair, COSM boasts an auto-tilt feature, which provides balance and support that can adjust for the user as they move, giving one the sensation of not sitting in a chair at all.
In collaboration with architect David Rockwell and 2×4 design studio, Surface premiered a re-imagination of the traditional American dining experience with their installation, “The Diner.” The project was inspired by Rockwell’s love for the American diner’s familiarity, consistency, and ability to bring people together. “The Diner” is hosting a variety of events this week, like Designer Karaoke, and features a menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night cocktails created by Murray’s Cheese.
Caesarstone presented “Altered States,” an installation of their latest quartz top kitchen islands, created by Snarkitecture. The idea behind Altered States is that the kitchen island is not only a functional space for cooking, but also the center of the room—a hub for entertainment and social interaction.
“Blowing in the Wind” enchanted its audience with its large-scale patchwork compositions at the Missoni show space in Milan. American artist and previous Missoni collaborator Rachel Hayes created the hand-sewn, rainbow textiles.
Rinascente revealed two site-specific projects by artist Vajiko Chachkhiani. The projects included Cotton Candy, an emotional film following the inner conflicts of a young grandmother, and “Under the Midday Sun,” a set of eight installations that redesign the windows overlooking Piazza Duomo through a series of sculptures.