Salone del Mobile 2018
All eyes of the design world were trained firmly on Milan during Salone del Mobile (17-22 April). From electrifying exhibitions and delectable pop-ups, to alluring launches and thrilling parties, team Wallpaper* hit the city’s creative districts to bring you unmissable highlights from the year’s most compelling design showcase as they happened...
From Senegal to Salasaca, Loewe celebrates the greatest tapestry and blanket makers worldwide
Step inside WonderGlass’ universe of glass innovation, Kosmos
Inspired by European espionage movies from the 1970s, a series of Instagram films by Valextra and creative director Marlon Rueberg celebrates the colourful cast of characters that frequent Bar Basso
Monster cabaret by Lasvit
Designers were invited to share their demons by Czech glass manufacturer Lasvit this year. Inside Milan’s Teatro Gerolamo, 16 creatives, including Daniel Libeskind, Maarten Baas and Nendo will show their take on monstrous forms. The eclectic array of designs range from whimsical to evoking folklore and all use both traditional and groundbreaking techniques including hand-blown, cast, fused and cut glass.
17 – 22 April; Teatro Gerolamo, 8 Piazza Cesare Beccaria; www.lasvit.com
As ever both of leading Milanese gallerist Nina Yashar’s coveted spots promise to be must-sees. India Mahdavi is recreating a nightclub interior inside the Via Della Spiga gallery with De Gournay wallpaper and opulent furnishings. Meanwhile over at Nilufar depot, the first show dedicated to the furniture of Lina Bo Bardi and Giancarlo Palanti will remain on view until March 2019.
17 - 22 April; Via Della Spiga 32; www.nilufar.com
Hay x WeWork x Sonos
The trio of brands are joing forces to display their vision of the future of design inside Palazzo Clerici. For the installation, Hay and WeWork will present an office-like set up that will challenge typical working environments via some nifty research from the co-working titans and Hay’s new shelving and storage system.
Isola Design District
Returning for its second edition, Isola Design District continues to champion emerging talents with highlights that include a marble project from Italian-Brazilian designers Giorgio Bonaguro, Ronald Scliar Sasson and Gustavo Martini at Giuseppe Pero Gallery (pictured), and a showing by Belgium designers Ben Storms, Bram Vanderbeke, Cedric Etienne, Charlotte Jonckheer, Linde Freya Tangelder and Nel Verbeke who are working with coal to explore the country’s rich industrial heritage.
17-22 April; locations around Isola; www.isoladesigndistrict.com
Observatory by Lee Broom
From a celebratory carrousel to travelling showcase, Broom’s inventive installations have sprawled across Milan over the last couple of years. For 2018, the British designer is concentrating on new designs with the release of Observatory, the first in a three phase launch throughout the year. The collection of celestial lighting will embrace Broom’s sculptural side working with innovative LED technology, all that will be on view at an alluring grade II listed building in Brera. Pictured: sketch of Eclipse light
17-22 April; Via Lovanio, 6; www.leebroom.com
The gallerist’s bucolic spot is back with highlights including a design debut for tech giants Google who are collaborating with Li Edelkoort on an installation that showcases where hard technology meets soft materials. Plus Sé are celebrating its tenth anniversary with an inaugural collaboration with Ini Archibong that nods to spirituality in an exploration between heaven and earth. Pictured: ‘Atlas’ bench by Ini Archibong, for Sé
17-22 April; Via Matteo Bandello 14/16; www.rossanaorlandi.com
Established & Sons
The British brand are set to launch its new collection with a fleet of designers, all curated by the brand’s design director Sebastian Wrong. The range hones in on the practicalities of contemporary life and includes a sofa by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, chaise by Konstantin Grcic (pictured), stackable chair by Mauro Pasquinelli and different lighting designs by Dimitri Bähler and Wrong himself. © Established and Sons and Peter Guenzel
17-22 April; Pavilion 16, Stand D43 Fiera Milan, Rho; www.establishedandsons.com
Hermès will present its latest home textiles, furniture, furnishing fabrics and wallpaper collection at the Museo della Permanente, in a space designed by Charlotte Macaux Perelman, deputy artistic director for Hermès Maison, with the curator and publisher Alexis Fabry. The new Hermès Maison collection includes a series of patterned vases (pictured) and a new dinner service, which will be presented inside the visitors’ cafe of the museum.
17-22 April; Via Turati, 34; www.hermes.com
Marni La Vereda
Last year, the Milanese fashion house showcased a bright playground-inspired furniture collection designed by communities in Colombia. Marni continues this creative collaboration for 2018, working with a host of Colombian artisans on a series of bright coloured furniture, including weaved stools, benches and tables and eye-catching cactus sculptures.
17-22 April; Viale Umbria 42; www.marni.com
Cristina Celestino with Rubelli
A historic tram from 1928 will be touring around Brera in a collaboration between Cristina Celestino and Italian textile brand Rubelli. Inside, Celestino will reimagine traditional street cars of Milan with a ‘cinema Corallo’ set realised using Rubelli’s captivating collections. Courtesy Studio Cristina Celestino
17-22 April; locations around Brera; www.tramcorallo.com
Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades
The French fashion brand returns to Palazzo Bocconi with its Objets Nomades collection of travel-inspired objects. Highlights include a patchwork leather vase by Fernando & Humberto Campana (pictured), and a new collaboration with Hong Kong-based designer André Fu.
17-22 April; Corso Venezia, 48; www.louisvuitton.com
Horah by Raw-Edges
The London-based design duo are heading to Spazio Krizia (the home of Formafantasma’s lighting show last year) for their solo spectacle that is inspired by Horah, the Israeli dance. Raw-Edges will be exploring an ongoing theme of repetition with a lighting installation that is imbued with an essential quality in the dance: conviviality. The immersive space will be made up of 30 ’dancing’ lamps made of cast glass, all engineered by WonderGlass.
17-21 April; Via Daniele Manin 21; www.raw-edges.com
The fashion brand are focusing on textiles for its fourth Salone showing. Creative director Jonathan Anderson will highlight material craft from across the globe for the initiative, from Indian ribbon hand-embroidery, to the ancient method of Boro stitching in Japan. The result will be a new collection of tapestries, blankets and tote bags that will go on show at the boutique, celebrating international artisan craft, an ongoing ethos for the Spanish brand.
17-22 April; Via Monte Napoleone, 21; www.loewe.com
Wallpaper* Handmade at Mediateca
This year’s Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition is takes us on a quest for mental and corporeal wellbeing, the long and winding journey towards a better you. With Wellness & Wonder, expect objects that accessorise the cult of self-improvement, exercise the cerebellum, replenish the body, jet-wash the life force and restore the innate harmony of the self. The exhibition will be joined at Brera’s Mediateca by Lavazza and Toiletpaper’s bar, Disco Gufram, Pinch Design’s new launch Elan Armoire, another viral installation from Marc Ange, LE ROI, presented by Sunbrella, a pop-up concept WallpaperSTORE* and more.
17-21 April; Mediateca Santa Teresa, Via della Moscova 28
Schloss Hollenegg for Design
Each year, Schloss Hollenegg for Design opens its doors to an exhibition in May supporting design research and emerging talent. The initiative by Alice Stori Liechtenstein takes place in the historic castle of Hollenegg in Schwanberg, Austria, and for Salone, Sara Ricciardi will be recreating the magic of the castle in the 5VIE district with an installation titled ’Arcadia.’ The Italian designer has captured details of the castle, intertwining it with its rich history for a playful and interactive show.
17-22 April; Via Cesare Correnti 14; www.schlosshollenegg.at
The yearly showcase of Norway’s riveting talent is moving to Zona Tortona. Works by 15 designers and craftsmen, including Sigve Knutson, Martin Solem and Noidoi, will be joined by six manufacturers to give visitors the full view of the Norway’s modern creative scene in an exhibition designed by Klubben / Silje Nesdal and Sverre Uhnger. Photography: Lasse Fløde.
17-21 April; Opificio 31, via Tortona 31; www.norwegiancrafts.no
Rolling out its second edition in the warehouse set beneth Milan Central station, Ventura Centrale will present nine installations including Japanese brand AGC Asahi Glass’ immersive sound and glass installation, David Rockwell and Surface magazine’s reinterpretation of an American diner and Baars & Bloemhoff’s material experimentations with six Dutch designers (pictured).
17-22 April; Via Ferra nte Aporti 9, www.venturaprojects.com
For 2018, the crystal giants are set to provide the full Swarovski experience at Palazzo Serbelloni’s hidden courtyard. Inside a custom-built greenhouse, the Austrian brand will offer a pop-up Daniel’s Café (serving Viennese pastries) and a retail shop where visitors can purchase its atelier collections and jewellery in addition to showing off its new home collections by the likes of Nendo, John Pawson, and Patricia Urquiola.
17-22 April; Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia, 16; www.atelierswarovski.com
Danish design at Mindcraft
The yearly platform for Danish designers, Mindcraft returns to the charming courtyard of Basilica of San Simpliciano. The exhibition has been curated by designer Ditte Hammerstrom this year who has selected 15 rising talents to create large scale installations, each working with a different material. Highlights include a concrete and anodised aluminium chair by Pettersen & Hein (pictured), and an iron architectural bench by Kevin Hviid.
Where better to open a new design week exhibition than in one of Milan’s historic panettone factories. Opening up to the public for the first time, the bucolic space will play host to new designs from studios and galleries including Gijs Bakker, Also Known As, Bloc Studios, Bohinc Studio and Nanban. The new initiative is a project by Space Caviar and Studio Vedèt. Pictured: Onos bed by Superstudio. Courtesy Nilufar Gallery. Photography: Ruy Teixeira
17-22 April; Via Popoli Uniti 11-13
Nendo: forms of movement
Known for his captivating exhibitions during design week, Nendo returns for 2018 setting sights on Tortona for the solo spectacle. Set across 800 sq m, the Japanese studio will showcase 10 concepts in the theme of movement, an ongoing exploration for the design practice. Creating a labyrinth of designs, sketches and processes, the show is part of the Superdesign at Superstudio, this year art directed by Giulio Cappellini. Photography: Akihiro Yoshida
17-22 April; Via Tortona 27; www.nendo.jp
COS x Phillip K Smith III
COS are heading to a new location for its seventh Milan showcase. In the courtyard of Palazzo Isimbardi, they have invited Palm Springs-based artist Phillip K Smith to imagine a sculptural installation that is inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture and the Milan sky, while keeping in line with COS’ minimalist design dialogue. ‘Characterised by ever-changing spatial and temporal elements, every visitor’s experience of the installation will be entirely individual’ says Smith.
17-22 April; Palazzo Isimbardi, Corso Monforte 35; www.cosstores.com
Kvadrat x Really
Last year Danish brand Really, together with Kvadrat, enlisted Max Lamb to test the boundaries of breakthrough sustainable material Solid Textile Board by creating a series of benches. Hot off the success of this, Kvadrat and Really (with the help of curators Jane Withers and Njusja de Gier) have now placed the material in the hands of designers including Raw-Edges (project pictured), Jonathan Olivares, Benjamin Hubert and Claesson Koivisto Rune to challenge the textile further and make chairs and shelving that will go on view in Brera.
Presenting for the third time at design week is exhibition Doppia Firma, an initiative by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship. Doppia Firma connects contemporary designers with traditional Italian artisans to create unique works. Housed within the 1930s Villa Mozart, this year’s collaborators include, Studio Swine, Nathalie Dupasquier, Ini Archibong and David & Nicolas. Pictured: the living room of Villa Mozart. Courtesy Giampiero
17-22 April; Villa Mozart, Maison Giampiero Bodino, Via Mozart 9; www.doppiafirma.com
Snarkitecture x Caesarstone
The surface behemoths have linked up with New York based collaborative practice Snarkitecture for their yearly collaboration. Centred around the idea of a kitchen island, the architectural trio have created four conceptual takes on the kitchen island using the company’s wares that launched at IDS Toronto, and for design week, they are going bigger and better with an immersive installation at Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale.