Milan Design Week 12-17 April 2016
By Dieneke Ferguson and Manuel Ruiz-Adame
This is one of a series of articles about our visit to Milan for the Milan Design Week in 2016 and to visit the Salone del Mobile and Salone Satelite. You can see the other articles here:
Visiting Milan 2016: Zona Tortona, Moooi, Soklara, Lee Broom
Visiting Milan 2016: Ingo Maurer, Tom Dixon, Kukka, Curvalinea
Visiting Milan 2016: SO KLARA
Visiting Milan: Kukka shows Spectra
Visiting Milan: Airbnb presents Makers and Bakers
We didn’t have long in Milan. Manuel and myself arrived on Tuesday 12 April in the evening and flew back on Saturday 16 April. We are always struggling with time as our list of what we would like to see never works within the limited time available.
This year we were pleased that 4 of the designers that are selling on the Hidden Art E-Shop were exhibiting in different places across Milan. We have written about their shows alongside other designers whose shows we really liked. They are Bright Potato, Curvalinea, Kukka and SO KLARA.
There was a lot to see this year in Milan and it takes time to digest it all back at home. But some of the trends we spotted were:
- The eclectic nature of the shows – with a myriad of inspirations
- Indirect focus on Brasil and the Rio 2016 Olympics. Jungle plants and design; bright and bold colours
- Focus on materials, its uses and sustainability
- Food and design
- The craftsmanship behind the design
Thursday 14 April 2016
Makers & Bakers by Airbnb
a collaboration with Ambra Medda
Via Matteo Bandello 14
Airbnb in collaboration with Ambra Medda presented Makers & Bakers, an installation of Food and Design around the notion of the Shared Table. Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder of Airbnb summarises the exhibition as
“Enjoying good food and appreciating thoughtful design are inherently social activities that reach across cultural lines. .. Airbnb believes in the universality of food and design and their ability to create community through a common language.”
Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder of Airbnb
The centre piece was a long communal table which encouraged to talk to the designers present whilst tasting an organic and locally-sourced cuisine. The designers work was experienced first hand whether as a bread knife or carafe.
This included designs from Dossofiorito such as the Balena carafe, a bottle cuckoo and the Epiphytes installation. I had seen Dossofiorito’s work at the Salone Satelite in past years and has been one of my favourite designers.
Spazio Rossana Orlandi
This is such a lovely place and we don’t always have the time to visit it. But as this was next to the Airbnb show this year we had the opportunity to visit it. Maarten Baas and Piet Hein Eek two of my other Dutch favourites. I also liked very much the chair with the plant growing out of it which is from Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba.
Piet Hein Eek showed a range of new furniture and accessories. This included the one-mould desk lamp a simple table lamp made from one mould.