Milan Design Week 2012 highlights: Dixon, Broom, Marni and more…

ACHICA Living has been in Milan for Design Week 2012 and, despite only having a few days to take in this vast event, managed to get around Salone Internazionale del Mobile (focusing on SaloneSatellite and the Design Halls), two of the key design districts, Ventura Lambrate and Brera, and the Tom Dixon-curated MOST. Take a look at our favourite finds…
At Salone, the unexpected neon flourishes teamed with traditional finishes from Fratelli Boffi were dazzling (above). Always a sucker for a bit of grey and yellow, Arco’s Table Manners are adorable – good to see that trend still going strong.

The naïve style of Rui Alves appealed - and represented a trend for playful design. The name of his studio is great too – My Own Super Studio!

Lindsten Form’s saccharine lamps drew us in with their cheerful colours and organic, almost melting, forms.

And last one from Salone, the enchantingly titled Mother Mine and All of Us, from Ana Fatia, is unashamedly inspired by the human anatomy.

On day two, it was time to visit Ventura Lambrate, one of Milan’s key design districts. It is design galore, surrounded by pop-up bars, restaurants and gelato stands, giving the whole area a festival feel – minus the music.

Lee Broom’s Public House showcased the largest range of his products even he’s ever seen together – including these Decanter Lights, each made from a vintage decanter. He says they’ve bought so many, he fears a national shortage!

Next door was Jaime Hayon and his gorgeous SE Collection II chairs.

A little way down the road, there was a vast hanger full of student work, which was really exciting. A favourite was this lamp by Nino and Svenja, who were showing in Milan for the first time. Lines by Cynthia Viale was also extraordinary.

Tom Dixon’s MOST was a real highlight of the trip and 'mostly' a must-see! Housed in Milan’s beautiful National Museum of Science and Technology, part of which was once a Monastery, it was a cornucopia of design delights, including Tom Dixon, Designersblock and much more.

Day three was spent exploring Brera, the highlights of which were The Secret Garden, featuring a bespoke structure from Zaha Hadid, and Marni, who presented a collection of chairs made by ex-prisoners in Columbia, as part of their re-assimilating into social and professional life.

Overall, an inspirational trip, looking forward to next year already!

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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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