Cristina Celestino presents a collection of ceramic wall slabs for Ceramiche d’Italia.

The best pieces, collections and installations at this year’s Milan Design Week

Drawing the design cognoscenti in droves to Milan, the city’s annual Salone Del Mobile (part of Milan Design Week) showcases a leading line up of cutting-edge pieces by some the most renowned creatives in the world. This year also includes Euroluce — the acclaimed, International lighting exhibition held every two years — which includes a line up of the most innovative and avant-guard lighting solutions around.

Officially kicking off on the 9th of April, this year’s design fair is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before. In a bid to keep you au fait with the latest in lighting and design, we round up the best of the best for your perusal.

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Pastilles Collection

Pastilles Collection

Pastilles Collection

Pastilles Collection

Presented as part of Studio Pepe’s exhibition – The Future is Un/Written – is the Pastilles seating and table collection by Tacchini Italia. 

Medusa Pop chair

Medusa Pop chair

Medusa Pop chair

Medusa Pop chair

Versace has unveiled its 2019 home collection in Milan this week and consists of five different furniture capsules. One such collection, titled Medusa, features a range of furniture pieces with the famous Medusa head shaped into them, such as the Medusa Pop occasional chair.

Blimp Crystal lighting

Blimp Crystal lighting

Blimp Crystal lighting

Blimp Crystal lighting

Czech design brand Bomma has released a collection of hand-blown crystal lighting designed by Swiss studio Big-Game. Available locally from Trenzseater.

Grant poufs

Grant poufs

Grant poufs

Grant poufs

Tristan Auer has designed a collection of pouffes for Poltrona Frau which stand out for its nomadic, versatile and flexible elegance. Available locally from Studio Italia

Cast light

Cast light

Cast light

Cast light

Launched at Euroluce is the Cast light by Philippe Malouin for Resident. The modular pendant system takes inspiration from fibreglass casting moulds. Available locally from Simon James Design

73v lighting

73v lighting

73v lighting

73v lighting

A progression of its 73 series, the v collection is Bocci’s latest lighting collection. Available locally from Matisse.

50th anniversary of the Up chair

50th anniversary of the Up chair

50th anniversary of the Up chair

50th anniversary of the Up chair

Designed by Gaetano Pesce for B&B Italia, the UP chair has been unveiled in new upholstery. To commemorate the anniversary Pesce has also produced an original artwork – ‘Maesta Soffrente’ – an eight-metre high version of the chair that sits in front of the Duomo cathedral for the duration of Design Week. B&B Italia is available locally from Matisse.

Life In Vogue

Life In Vogue

Life In Vogue

Life In Vogue

After the success of last year’s Life in Vogue exhibition, Vogue Italia’s offices have once again been turned into a temporary design installation. 

Shape of Gravity

Shape of Gravity

Shape of Gravity

Shape of Gravity

Nendo lets gravity shape its latest collection for Venetian brand Wonderglass.

Pandora drawers

Pandora drawers

Pandora drawers

Pandora drawers

Designed by Martinelli Venezia for De Castelli. Available locally from David Shaw.

Orgio lighting

Orgio lighting

Orgio lighting

Orgio lighting

Design studio David Pompa has shaped volcanic rock into spheres for its latest collection.

FAR at Nilufar Gallery

FAR at Nilufar Gallery

FAR at Nilufar Gallery

FAR at Nilufar Gallery

For the third time, at Milan Design Week, the gallery hosts “FAR”, new works by a group of emerging designers, selected this year by Libby Sellers and Studio Vedet. The installation, by Space Caviar, evokes some radical ideas from the 1970s.

Policroma

Policroma

Policroma

Policroma

Cristina Celestino presents a collection of ceramic wall slabs for Ceramiche d’Italia.

The DL Lounge Chair and Bench couple

The DL Lounge Chair and Bench couple

The DL Lounge Chair and Bench couple

The DL Lounge Chair and Bench couple

The new DL Lounge was the refined result of a collaboration between Australian fashion label Dion Lee and Gibson Karlo design studio for DesignByThem.

Ozone bar

Ozone bar

Ozone bar

Ozone bar

The ultimate at home bar, by Massimo Castagna for Henge. Available locally from David Shaw.

Le Refuge de la Nuit

Le Refuge de la Nuit

Le Refuge de la Nuit

Le Refuge de la Nuit

A larger than life daybed design by Marc Ange as part of the Extraordinary World presenation.

Heartbreaker sofa

Heartbreaker sofa

Heartbreaker sofa

Heartbreaker sofa

A whimsical sofa designed for the commercial market by Johannes Torpe for Moroso. Available locally from Matisse.

Dimple lamp

Dimple lamp

Dimple lamp

Dimple lamp

Designed by Anna Karlin, the playful table lamp explores the idea of dependancy and support.

Tusa armchairs

Tusa armchairs

Tusa armchairs

Tusa armchairs

Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Zanotta. Available locally from Studio Italia.

Conifera by COS x Arthur Mamou-Mani

Conifera by COS x Arthur Mamou-Mani

Conifera by COS x Arthur Mamou-Mani

Conifera by COS x Arthur Mamou-Mani

An installation comprising 700 3D printed components made from compostable materials that stretches through the Palazzo Isimbardi.

The Cotone sofa

The Cotone sofa

The Cotone sofa

The Cotone sofa

The sofa is the latest addition to the Cotone collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Italian powerhouse Cassina. Available locally from Matisse.

Espasso's debut in Milan

Espasso's debut in Milan

Espasso's debut in Milan

Espasso's debut in Milan

The design gallery, with outposts in the US and UK, is presenting a collection of classic pieces by famed Brazilian designers such as Niemeyer, Zalszupin and Fasanello and new releases by Arthur Casas, Fernando Mendes and Moreira Salles.

JOIN

JOIN

JOIN

JOIN

The Norwegian presence in Milan is culminating in an exhibition titled JOIN. Furniture, lamps and jewellery will shine a light on sustainable design and the circular economy.

Apollo console

Apollo console

Apollo console

Apollo console

By Bohinc Studio from Planetaria.

The Fronda stools and chair

The Fronda stools and chair

The Fronda stools and chair

The Fronda stools and chair

Mattiazzi has debuted four new seating collections at this year’s Salone, including this Fronda collection designed by Simon James Design by Industrial Facility. Available locally from Simon James Design.

Aria Come to Light

Aria Come to Light

Aria Come to Light

Aria Come to Light

In the abandoned warehouses located near Milan’s Central Station, Ventura Centrale has once again turned the spaces into beautiful installations. This particular piece is by Luca Moreni & Roberto De Zorzi.

BAND Collection

BAND Collection

BAND Collection

BAND Collection

Designed to represent a breakdown of structure, Patricia Urquiola’s new collection challenges traditional notions of furniture design with its angular shapes and unique materials.

Christopher Boots

Christopher Boots

Christopher Boots

Christopher Boots

Part of Trove, this collaborative collection from Melbourne-based lighting studio Christopher Boots and Lost Profile Studio comprised a new series of sculptural lights as well as reimaginings of popular past pieces. 

Joaquim

Joaquim

Joaquim

Joaquim

In celebration of Brazillian design, Italian furniture brand presented re-editions of work by Martin Eisler. These marble tables were by Italian-Brazillian designer, Georgio Bonaguro.

Plastic stone tiles by Enis Akiev

Plastic stone tiles by Enis Akiev

Plastic stone tiles by Enis Akiev

Plastic stone tiles by Enis Akiev

Presented by Ventura Future at BASE Milano, these tiles are made from post-consumer plastic waste via a process where the designer combines plastic materials with naturally-occurring geological components to form new types of rock.

No Man's Land

No Man's Land

No Man's Land

No Man's Land

A collaborative effort by Raf Simmons and Kvadrat (the sixth time the pair have done so), this exhibition at Garage Venturo presented four new textiles in intriguing, vaguely dystopian surrounds. 

Tell Me More

Tell Me More

Tell Me More

Tell Me More

Another Ventura Centrale installation, this time by Rapt Studio. Exploring ideas of spatial involvement and emotional connection, visitors to the installation leave questions for the person after them in each of the illuminated curtain spaces. 

Tom Rossau

Tom Rossau

Tom Rossau

Tom Rossau

New lights and lamps were debuted by the Danish designer as part of Euroluce, where strips of timber, metal and paper were used creatively in construction. 

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