Milan Design Week 2012: Saturday 21 April

On the final day of Milan Design Week, the Vogue Living team took some time out in a 17th-century garden filled with intriguing woven structures and came across new pieces by Australian design studio Daniel Emma.


DAY 6: Saturday 21 April
Barovier&Toso: The Secret Garden – Paola Navone
Orto Botanico di Brera, Via Brera 28.

We were enchanted by the atmosphere and the beauty of an exhibition at the Orto Botanico di Brera, a gorgeous garden hidden in the heart of Milan. The beautiful grounds retain the same layout devised in the 17th century and are enclosed by a series of historic buildings that includes the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Brera Academy of Art).
Visitors were invited to wander through to experience the garden and peek within a series of ‘nests’ created by designed Paola Navone. Woven out of hazelnut trees and situated on lawns and also up in the trees, the electric blue structures magically concealed the Barovier&Toso chandeliers nestled within them.

Artek: Booth design by Mike Meiré
Fiera Milano Rho, Pavilion 16/D26

The booth from Finnish brand Artek at the main Milan fairground got our attention for the display of its products. The installation by German director and designer Christian Meiré used colour, graphics and sculptural architecture in a way that made us look again at classics such as the Alvar Aalto designed ‘Stool 60’, a design that has become ubiquitous in the near-90 years since its release. The video below shows the process of making over the stool.


‘Cosmos Make-up’ by Daniel Emma & Guerlain
Wallpaper* Handmade 2012, Brioni Palazzo, Via Gesu 2A

Australian designers Daniel To and Emma Alston of Daniel Emma were spotted among the line-up of international designers that participating in Wallpaper* Handmade. The annual bespoke design project organised by Wallpaper* magazine sees small design studios paired with big international brands to collaborate on fictitious design briefs.

The South Australian duo produced a futuristic range of cosmetic cases for Parisian brand Guerlain. The designs for lipstick, powder and eyeliner cases were formed out of solid brass and aluminum using the geometric solid forms that have become a trademark of Daniel Emma’s work . While the pieces are coolly modern, they stay true to the opulent heritage of the French brand in the precision of the forms and the sense of luxury conveyed by the cases’ metal finishes.

Milan Design Week may be over for another year, but our coverage doesn’t stop here. See
Vogue Living July/August, on news stands on June 13, for our 30-page report of all the highlights of the fair. You can also read our blog reports from day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4 and day 5 of our time in Milan and see more images from on the ground on Facebook (
Producers: David Clark and Zoe Jeffrey
Photographer: Paul Barbera
Text: Madeleine Hinchy

2 Responses to “Milan Design Week 2012: Saturday 21 April”
  1. kyrani99 says:

    Wow incredible make-up cases, rather reminiscent of the Ancient Egyptian containers used then. Very exotic. I must look out for some for myself.

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