Promenade du Port pop-up design village, Sardinia
Just as the mega yachts are beginning to dock at Porto Cervo, a gathering of temporary design galleries have opened their doors right beside the harbour.
What started in 2008 as a ’Design Walk’ - a pop-up exhibition of a few iconic pieces by leading international brands - has developed into a fully-fledged summer design village at the recently developed Promenade du Port. This year Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Society Limonta and Gallery Fumi have set up shop once again, alongside new comers, including a Driade store and an outpost for London watering hole, Boujis, designed by Patricia Urquiola.
Orlandi (whose son, Andrea Brugnoni, heads up the development) has shipped over some of the highlights from her Milan gallery, such as pieces by Piet Hein Eek, Constance Guisset for Petite Friture, Artek and the Campana brothers for Corsi Design Factory.
Meanwhile, Gallery Fumi has taken over three floors with its stellar collection of work, including Max Lamb’s characteristically rough-hewn ’Poly’ furniture, ceramics by Johannes Nagel, architecturally inspired furniture by Tina Roeder and dramatic wall sculptures by Federico Uribe. Society Limonta has also shipped over its luxurious linens.
Visitors can work up a thirst with a stroll around the Brugnoni’s MdM Museum - this year showing works by the likes of Mimmo Rotella - before stopping for a refreshment at its Ruinart-sponsored champagne bar.
Then they can settle in for the night at BoujisBar. In contrast to the slick London nightclub, its interior is inspired by Sardinian arts and crafts. Patricia Urquiola has created a geometric bar made from stacked boxes, and filled the space with an abundance of wood. You can sip on the signature Watermelon Cocktails while seated on Urquiola’s ’Crinoline’ armchairs and ’Ravel’ sofas from B&B Italia.