Zurita Moore, Plascon Trends Editor
Spring is in the air (well, in Europe anyway) and it is Milan Design Week. I feel like packing my bags and hitching a ride…
This year is the 55th edition of the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition and it is running at the same time as the 21st Triennale International Exhibition Milan 2016. It features a variety of exhibitions spread over five pavilions in Rho Fiera Milano and boasts more than 2,400 exhibitors. No wonder it is known internationally as the benchmark trade fair.
Personally I would love to see the Salone Satellite, which is dedicated to young, emerging designers and serves as a launch pad into the world of design.
We will start off by having a look at a beautiful collaboration that is bound to take Milan by storm.
Known for presenting memorable, interactive installations in Milan, quartz manufacturer Caesarstone is collaborating with celebrated British designer Tom Dixon on a multi-sensory creation, “The Restaurant”, which consists of four conceptual kitchens that are inspired by the elements: Earth, Fire, Air, and Water:
On Show at Milan Design Week 2016
The fair is currently in day two, and believe us when we say that we have been busy with this post since Friday. There are just too many things to write about; so we will be breaking it down into sections over the next week or so. We found 27 exhibitors to look out for during this festival, and we will be featuring 4 of them in today’s post.
The first is, of course, Caesarstone and Tom Dixon (featured above). Who is coming for lunch or dinner?
Another designer to look out for is Patrick Norguet for Lea Ceramiche:
The new Naive Slimtech line is made up of ultra-thin laminated porcelain covered with thin lines that resemble pencil markings. We love the beautiful simple lines.
You will remember one of our previous posts on encaustic tiles – they are certainly making a comeback, as can be seen in this exquisite piece for Bottego Nove:
We are absolutely in love with this beautiful stained-glass piece from the “Credenza” collection: a joint venture by two Italian designers – architect Patricia Urquiola and graphic designer Federico Pepe of the Brera’s Spazio Pontaccio gallery. It was inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Cologne Cathedral.
The name of the collection plays on the double meaning of the word in Italian – it can indicate either a sideboard or one’s beliefs – hinting at new meanings for stained glass beyond churches.
The tables above draw influence from a typical shrine table and are crafted from the application of three layers of different coloured paint onto a textured wood surface. This method, called udukuri, is a traditional woodcraft technique which involves the uneven paint surface being sanded until flat to reveal the natural wood-grain pattern.
We took inspiration from tsugaru nuri, the traditional lacquer technique succeeded by craftsmen in Aomori, Japan, and the new method was made by integrating tsugaru nuri and udukuri.
— Jo Nagasaka, Schemata Architects.
The “Raw Edges” exhibition explores the effect that dye has on wood. We love these muted shades on the chairs and tables.
Often distinguished by its distinct approach to material experimentation, raw edges continues this methodology for the exhibit in milan, with a focus on the idea of perpetual movement and the study of patterns and shapes. ‘what impresses me about herringbones is the concept of perpetual pattern, recurring pattern, pattern of patterns, that is what covers the surrounding world, no matter if in a planned or casual way, by transforming it in another world, combining any possible shape or pattern,’ curator federica sala says. ‘it is like a mathematical analysis on the interaction variables between lines and curves’. (designboom)
Two tables have been imprinted with patterned hues:
That’s it for today, folks. We will be bringing you more on the Milan Design Week during next week. Have fun until then, and let us know if you are experimenting with anything that you read about today. We know what we will be doing this weekend. 🙂