Leave it to Kevin Michilli, the proprietor of Ciao For Now (one of my favorite East Village eateries) to make good use of his neighbor, the 3D printing shop, CUBO. Kevin had them scan his favorite Paul Smith fedora and print it out in glow in the dark green. I think he is on to something.
My final afternoon in Milano was spent in the design halls at the fairgrounds. These rugs at Danskina were just so cheerful and simple. I want one.
I cannot recall where I saw this little crinkled chair, one of the Swedish companies I believe, but I thought it was very fun.
Likewise this colorful little shelving unit by Garth Roberts at Casamania.
Near the end of the day, on my last legs, I ran into designer friend, Steven Burkes, who posed for me in his latest collection for Dedon.
And thats all I’ve got. A low-key year at the fair, but interesting and inspiring as always.
Also in Rosana Orlandi’s basement - where the younger designers show - I loved these glass and foam pieces by Roos Gomperts. I am a sucker for an interesting material story.
Upstairs in the store we admired this embroidered Eames chair.
Then we headed out to the Lambrate Area - a long trek from town. I don’t have much in the way of designer info on these objects, but this was one of the best examples I have ever seen of re-purposed glass bottles.
And I loved these foam experimentations at the University of Eindhoven exhibition.
My favorite project of the day was in a room annexed to the Eindhoven exhibition. Working with a museum, the designer (or studio) named Glithero drew a correlation between the musical punch cards used to drive traditional organs and the punch cards used to drive weaving machines.
The project delved deep - the music was not just applied decoration, but became the structure of the fabric. The result was digitized and used to create a very subtle fabric pattern that contained the information from the musical punch cards.
I ended my evening at Carlo e Camilla with a very fun group of journalists and designers.
Milano - Day 3
On Wednesday I made the rounds with my friend Patty Johnson. We started at Rosana Orlandi Gallery where Patty had some new work (which I embarrassingly forgot to shoot).
My favorite thing in the gallery was this new lamp by Loebmeyer. I think I had it on my blog last year when it was shown by the young designer, but it has since been picked up for production. I love a success story like this. Especially when the project is so beautiful.
I’m trying to keep it down to the best of the best this year. My first stop was at DePadova where my good friend Monica Forster was showing a new sofa that I liked alot. Simple and pretty with powerful piping on the cushions.
I wandered around town where I spotted this very beautiful lamp series at Wonderglass…
… and this cosmic rug at Designjunction, nicely displayed behind a classical bust.
Later my friend Tanja Solci and I, who just opened Carlo e Camilla with Celebrity Chef Carlo Cracco, went to the launch of his new products at Kartel. Here is (l to r) Tanja, Carlo’s lovely wife, Rosa, and the handsome Mr. Cracco.
Later we ran into our friend Richard Hutton who created an amazing chair by layering Kvadrat felt to form a cloud-like chair.
My dear friend Tanja Solci converted her grandfather’s sawmill into a new restaurant with celebrity chef, Carlo Cracco.