Milan Design Week: Tuesday 12 April 2011

Day two saw the Vogue Living team take on the Tortona district. This hub of creativity in the south west of Milan encompasses Via Savona, Via Tortona and Via Stendhal, and has reputation as the bustling hot spot for Fuorisalone, the off-site exhibitions and events held all over Milan during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile week. This year, events in the neighbourhood are housed under the umbrella of Tortona Design Week, a new non-profit cultural association. The crew also had a quick look at the always interesting Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

Here are some highlights from our day two explorations:

Luce Tempo Luogo, Cortile, Via Savona 35

Built over a century ago, the Cortile building on Via Savona is now a shadow of its former self with only the walls of the original structure remaining. The entrance, courtyard and interior of this skeletal space were the venue for ‘Luce Tempo Luogo’, a mesmerising created by installation by architecture firm Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane (DGT) in partnership with Toshiba. DGT’s directors Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh and Tsuyoshi Tane are interested in the socio-historical and cultural aspects of architecture. For their Milanese installation the trio looked into the history and unique features of the Cortile and how they could induce an emotional response to the space using 21st century technology. The resulting exhibition was installed in the entrance, courtyard and interior, below, and featured curtains of water lit up by pulses of LED light in a dazzling demonstration of how new technologies can bring value to historic venues.

Doshi Levien for Cappellini, Milano Design Village, Via Savona 56

At the Milano Design Village, London-based studio Doshi Levien were showing the result of their first collaboration with Italian design brand Cappellini. The ‘Capo’ armchair, below, was designed to channel the authority and materiality of a dapper gentleman in a well-cut suit and felt hat. Its tall back has the stiffness of a gentleman’s upturned lapel, while thin cantilevered arms feature flexible edges shaped to envelope the user while maintaining a sense of lightness and openness.

Designjunction, Zegna Teatro, Via Savona 56a

The best of the Brits were on show at Designjunction, an inaugural event that brought together a range of UK designers and manufacturers including Modus, Benchmark, Melin Tregwynt and Wedgwood,  in one exhibit.
British design firm Channels were making their Milan debut, showing a range of furniture and accessories series including their main furniture collection ‘Gillespie’. Designed by Samuel Chan and first exhibited in September 2010 at the London Design Festival, the profiled collection displayed meticulous craftsmanship in pieces such as the glass cabinets, below, which perch on elegant trumpet-shaped feet. Also on show at Designjunction were two new dining collections by Jasper Conran for Wedgwood, ‘Mosiac’ and ‘Baroque’, bottom image.

Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14/16

Vogue Living featured news about ‘Kutani Choemon’, below, Spanish designer Jaime Hayón’s collaboration with Choemon – a Japanese ceramics manufacturer – and Maruwakaya – a Japanese design firm, in the design news pages of our March/April 2011 issue. The collection caught our attention all over again when it was exhibited at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

As did ‘Hexalights’, below, by Marcus Tremonto, a series of fun two-dimensional pendant lights with playful cartoon forms.

Producer: David Clark
Words: Zoe Jeffrey and Madeleine Hinchy
Photographs: Paul Barbera

4 Responses to “Milan Design Week: Tuesday 12 April 2011”
  1. Alberto aristione says:

    Nice projects.
    Really nice products.
    I hope to have time to see this projects… Wen i see blogs with this projects my list of products that i want to see this week increase. Hope to see Delightfull brand!/pages/Delightfull/379055705127 among so many products and designers.
    Hope to be amazed this week.

  2. Kate says:

    Beautiful shape of Capo armchair at Cappellini space!!!!!

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