The nice side of Milano Design City is peacefulness. This first edition is an expanded version of the April design week, with very different times and spaces. There is time to talk and to look carefully. Time to seriously observe the work of companies and designers.
Here is a short guide to design freak, not exhaustive but full of beautiful things.
Ideally we start from Zanotta, at the Porta Nuova toll booths. The Back to emotions collection - six pieces designed by Norguet, Serafini + Palomba, Lanzavecchia + Wai, Forster, Spalvieri & Del Ciotto - dialogues with the recent re-editions by Carlo Mollino, collected in the CM2020 series. The set is perfect for getting lost in the details and filling your eyes.
We continue with Moroso, which presents the Taba collection by Alfredo Haberli. Sofas and chairs designed around the interaction between people with the idea of escaping the rules and "playing with forms and poetry", explains Haberli.
Changing area and heading towards the center, you can pass by Alessi to take a look at the expansion of Michele De Lucchi's Plissé collection. Then head to Corso Monforte to discover the novelties of light. The Flos showcase is dedicated to Coordinates, the modular system by Michael Anastissiades. A few steps further Daniel Rybakken is the protagonist of Luceplan with the Fienile lamp, an object that is inspired by the designer's childhood memories - Rybakken means barn in Norwegian - and the design work focuses precisely on family landscapes.
Foscarini, also in Corso Monforte, presents a re-edition of the Twiggy lamp: a new material, wood, and a new lighting system for a design that never ceases to amaze thanks to the intelligent system of weights that regulate the height. The new pieces by Palomba + Serafini and Tord Boontje, plus a re-edition of Lumiere by Rodlofo Dordoni, which for the thirtieth anniversary wears new blown glass finishes, complete the presence in the store.
At Artemide, in corso Monforte 19, the novelties of 2020 are signed by BIG, Mario Cucinella and Alejandro Aravena. In addition to a small cameo by Davide Oldani who designed an ideal lamp for the mise en table of dishes for a great chef.
It ends with the Danese store, in Piazza San Nazaro in Brolo. A four-handed project - those of Giulio Iacchetti and Matteo Ragni - marks the beginning of a collaboration with Pigna. A treat for lovers of the history of design, who will see the first stationery collection dedicated to great designers. It starts with Mari and the Nature Series.