Underscoring Milan’s role as the epicenter of design-creativity-innovation-technology, the crème de la crème of international designers, architects and followers converged again last week to discover cutting- edge products, intelligence and fun.
XLUX, an all-new sector this show, presented new home concepts for select top fashion brands, among them: Borbonese, Fendi, Ferrè, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Aston Martin, Ritz, Visionnaire.
Sprawling all over Milan, the show takes place at the Rho trade show grounds, extraordinary palazzos, urban exhibits, sparkling events, and luxury flagship store windows. The home furnishings’ total market size is estimated at 25,000+ billion euros, and this show attracts 300,000+ international professionals.
Lets look at some of Z’Scoop’s design experiences at the show:
Kartell+Lapo Elkann – It’s A Wrap
For a new take on well-known design products, Elkann used textile-inspired patterns from pinstripes to houndstooth to create fresh icons of design for Kartell. The Fiat heir customized about 40 of Kartell’s most famous products including: Angelo Citterio’s Glossy table, Philippe Stark creations like the Uncle Jim armchair, with the same technique he uses to put racing livery colors on cars.
KARTELL also collaborated with ALESSANDRO DELL’AQUA to create a customized special edition Tatì Lace lamp by Ferruccio Laviani in macramé lace in powder pink, black and white.
Artful Objects: Atelier Swarovski Home
Luxurious, distilled objects inspire and engage, Swarovski has collaborated with designers: Aldo Bakker, Daniel Libeskind, Fredrikson Stallard, Kim Thomé, Raw Edges, Ron Arad, Tomás Alonso, Tord Boontje and the late Zaha Hadid to create a series of singular objects: home entertainment accessories, containers, trays, gifts, chess sets. Materials include wood, marble, spun metal, textile, leather, and resin are combined and crafted for truly seminal collections.
Setsuna Toyota – Amazing Wood Concept Car
A truly unique design object, aesthetically beautiful made with haute-craftsmanship transforming wood into a nautically shaped car built with no screws or nails. Six lead-acid batteries amp up a driving speed of about 28mph.
During the Salone, the chic fashion brand Marni’s headquarters became a public dance hall with professional cumbia dancers dressed in circle skirts and bandannas made from vintage Marni fabrics — both of which will be available on Marni’s website — premiered a new rainbow-colored PVC cord collection of furniture, hand crafted in Colombia by women artisans. Proceeds from sales will fund the Vimala children’s charity.
Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have presented two new tile collections at the Salone.
Mistral: Three-dimensional tiles, with a sculptural quality that plays with geometry, light and shade. Can be used to build louvered walls or sunscreens.
Puzzle: exploring the formation of patterns, the designers created images like an abstracted map.
Young Italian designers and entrepreneurs Alberto Nespoli, Leo Prusicki and Domenico Rocca promoted a unique wellness project, where students of the Creative Academy transformed the magnificent 1920s former underground public baths, designed by master architect Piero Portaluppi, into a showcase highlighting Italian craftsmanship with curated editions of exquisitely crafted timeless objects.
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