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For the fourth edition of their “Home Universe” collection, French luxury brand Hermès took over the magnificent Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan. Breathtaking, this fresco-ceilinged setting welcomed the Hermès en lumière collection, which introduced their lighting collection for the first time.

Italian architect and designer Michele De Lucchi designed a contemporary intervention of wooden panels, layered horizontally to arch up either side of the space; inspired by venetian blinds the backdrop poetically juxtaposed light and shade. 

All of the pieces exhibited overflowed with Hermès brand’s DNA: superbly crafted materials and sophisticated shapes elegantly wrapped in their signature leather, and complimented by touches of patterns recalling their unmistakable silk scarves and ties. All in all, a beautiful display of hi-tech innovation combined with fine craftsmanship.

PHOTO: PeclersParis

Wallpaper* Handmade

A celebration of craft, creativity and collaborative work the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition at Milan’s Salone del Mobile was as inspiring as it was beautiful. Pairing designers with manufacturers, the magazine commissioned one-off pieces created especially for the event. Once again this year, the exhibit took place at the Leclettico Gallery and was carefully curated by its founder, Claudio Loria. 

To name a few, designers such as Aaron Dunkerton and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence, collaborated with manufacturers like Kebony and Valextra respectively. Each project presented poetic and imaginative versions of everyday objects such as a drying rack, a tool belt and many more. 

Amongst all of the outstanding displays of creativity, one project did shine a little brighter:  La Jeune Rue (the young street). Sponsored by the French entrepreneur and visionary Cedric Naudon, La Jeune Rue promises to transform a reasonable portion of the Marais district in Paris by the end of May 2014. A total of 25 local shops (cheese shop, tool shop, cinema, art gallery etc.) are currently being redesigned by the global design and architecture elite: the Campana brothers, Jaime Hayon, Oki Sato, Ingo Maurer, Jasper Morrison, Paola Navon, Tom Dixon...and we cannot wait to discover it next month! 

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At their Fuori Salone exhibition on Via Tortona, the Czech glassmaker Lasvit unveiled nine unique lighting installations. Here, contemporary creativity was combined to Bohemian craftsmanship illustrating the company´s quest to transform glass into intense experiences. The glass art pieces on display were created in collaboration with designers and artists such as Daniel Libeskind, Maarten Baas, Michael Young and others.

Amongst the most compelling pieces were the Kinetic Sculptures designed by Czech young talents such as Petra Krausová. Combining centuries-old tradition and interactive design, the Alice lamp is a kinetic bloom that represents a flower in its fragility, originality, unique shape and movement. 

Also, Moulds by young design students Jan Palechác & Henery Wielgus, was another Milano’s favorite, so much so that we found it at Rossana Orlandi’s store as well. This composition of suspended lights combined glass blowing molds and their end product in a beautiful, authentic ode to the craft. 

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This year, for their 3rd Design Week installation/temporary concept store, the Swedish brand COS worked with Japanese design studio, nendo. The exclusively commissioned installation located within the Brera art district combined the studio’s playful yet rational philosophy ofre-imagining the everyday to create a small ‘!’ moment”.

With the white shirt as the protagonist, the understated aesthetic, clever craftsmanship and pure design of this installation made it very clear that this collaboration was a match made in design heaven. 

In addition to the expressive interaction between the white shirts and a variety of geometric brushed-steel frames, many of Nendo’s iconic creations were displayed in the basement of the space.

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DIMORE GALLERY – Pleasure and Escape

Dimore Studio’s Pleasure and Escape presentation was by far one of the highlights of this year’s Design Week. Always true to their style, this art deco dream apartment combined taste, history and modernity in a unique location. 

Undeniably one of Milan's finest design galleries, we are happy to testify that they are blossoming into the big leagues with this year’s expanded showroom in Via Solferino. The space featured new designs by owners Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, combined to the striking vintage collection they are known for.

Inspired by the 30’s and 40’s, not only are the shapes and movement of the pieces remarkable but the materials and colors ooze decadence and sophistication. A dreamy composition with the perfect dosage of flair and elegance. 

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Conceived by the International team of young researchers at Fabrica (Benetton Group) in collaboration with Japan’s leading air conditioning manufacturer Daikin, this multi-sensorial exhibit was one of the most surprising experiences our team underwent during this year’s Design Week. 

This conceptual representation of temperature yielded into an experiential journey through installations that “give shape” to air, a truly immersive laboratory of hot and cold experiences. Garage Milano’s 1500m2 space was the perfect location for this event with its industrial surroundings, incredible natural lighting and high ceilings. 

Given the complexity of the subject (“to offer a different point of view of a hot and cold experience”) thinking out-of-the-box was not only the biggest challenge but also the greatest achievement: a kinetic installation of feathers evoked the seasonal migration of exotic birds, a series of ice compositions embedded with tropical plants created a surprising juxtaposition, and an acoustic experience of the solar system’s hottest and coldest planets were only a few of the project’s unbelievable works. 

PHOTO: ©2014 Fabrica S.p.A.