Milan Design Week is more than just attending the Milan Furniture Fair outside the city center, and in 2021 that is more true than ever. Under the umbrella of Fuorisalone, which literally means outside of the fair, showrooms and design associations set up tons of events and creative displays throughout Milan.
One of the areas with a high concentration of showrooms by well-established brands is the Durini neighborhood. There Design Holding just opened its latest retail space showcasing furniture and lighting of their brands B&B Italia, Flos, Louis Poulsen, Maxalto, and Arclinea. We love the combination of iconic Italian and Scandinavian brands interacting in what used to be a ’50s designed car dealership. We got specifically drawn in by the fiftieth-anniversary edition of the Up series, designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1969, and the Louis Poulsen display.
A little further down the street on Via Durini we were amazed by the curation of objects at the Gervasoni showroom. We love the ethnic influences, bringing in earth tones and natural materials.
At the Cassina and Karakter showroom, we hopped in to see the 2021 sofa debut by Michael Anastassiades for the Danish brand now part of the Lifestyle Design Group and distributed by Cassina.
Ceccotti unveils a brand new armchair collection designed by Jaime Hayon. The T-Bone chair re-imagines the usual manufacturing process followed by Ceccotti, known for bent wood complexities. The T-Bone series is conceived as a set of single finished parts that are harmoniously put together, something the showroom displayed and conveyed in a very clever way.
Walking around the Brera Design District, we completely obsessed over the installation by Dutch design brand Moooi. What a fun and original way to let their Hortensia Chair shine during Milan Design Week 2021!
For Italian brand Budri, Patricia Urquiola designed a table collection of minimal and linear shapes, letting the marble act as the protagonist. The veined marbles contrast with monochromatic marbles, creating a color-block effect that reminds us of iconic Italian Renaissance facades.
At Henri Timi, we’re getting a serious dose of Italian Minimalism, in stark contrast with the brand new collection by Patricia Urquiola. The kitchen island houses three terracotta containers that function as sink and cooktops.
Continuing on that minimalist route we want to highlight the Stump Table designed by Faye Toogood for the Swedish brand Hem. The rounded and shape-like forms have been reduced to their most essential elements.