In just ten years, Rossana Orlandi has turned her two-storey gallery space in an old factory into a lively creative hive whose influence extends far beyond its Milanese neighbourhood. Anchored by a leafy open-aired courtyard, its collection of contemporary and vintage furniture is outdone only but its heavy reputation as a launching pad for young designers from around the world.
For this year's edition of the Salone del Mobile, she has cast a stellar roll call of designers.
Headlining the works are Jasper Morrison,
Naoto Fukasawa and Jaime Hayón. Commissioned collaborations are the order of the day. And so, Omer Arbel explores new ground with sand casting metal coffee tables for Bocci, Morrison is working with PUNKT, Hayon with a Japanese producer of vases, and
BCXSY's collection of carpets has been woven by communities of women in Israel.
Elsewhere, there are thoughtful meditations on space, not least of which is Daniel Rybakken's 'Daylight', in which the young Norwegian designer continues with his eerie penchant for recreating daylight in dark areas. Here, a basement room is tricked out to feel as if the exterior is flooded with sunlight in a very effective study of its subconscious effects. Also making best of show, in our books, is Studio Formafantasma's 'Botanica', a set of furniture made of vegetables, stone and sand that's presented in a room styled like a retro natural science museum room.