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Milan Redux

Earlier this year, I took a trip to to Milan’s Salone de Mobile to check out the best in furniture, lighting, and kitchen design. So many things impressed, but what stands out were those showrooms that highlighted craft, traditional technique, fine materials, and precise detailing. 

Capturing the spirit of Milan: antiques, mid-century, brutal and contemporary craft.

Fashion houses led the pack. Hermés home collection of fabrics, lighting, vessels and quilts, all done in the fashion houses exacting craftsmanship, drew envy and awe.

Wallcovering and fabric where on view at Hermés.
Contemporary design and precise top-stitching.
Ombre is always in fashion.

Loewe had an exhibition incorporating traditional Japanese basket making, Ikebana and modern sensibilities.

Loewe’s exhibition space.
Detail view.
J’adore. The perfect laundry hamper!

While new trends in lighting were on view, with color being the big revelation, some of the pieces that stood out the most were very old-school.

Halo Big by Mandalaki.
I always love Ochre.
Oversized at Poliform.

Mirrors, and mirrored objects, reflect my interest in perception and experimentation in subtle ways to expand space.

A screen, a mirror, a display case…part of the great exhibit at Rossana Orlandi.
Also with texture combine at Rossana Orlandi’s showroom.
In love at Balenciaga!
Is that Phillipe Stark?
Loewe’s showroom glowed.
Rem Koolhas put mirrors to architectural affect at the Prada Museum.
Jeff Koons at the Prada Museum.

Finally, inspiration lay around every corner in Milan. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

Always a highlight of the trip…that courtyard, just steps from the fashion houses!
A blend of time, color and materials.
Scarpa-esque at Loewe.
Rem again.
Marquetry revived from tradition.
Fornasetti’s magic garden.
Piet Hein Eek patchwork recycling.

David Bjørngaard, Septebmer 2019

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