Milan Design Week: Day Four

On day four of design week, Vogue Living editor-in-chief Victoria Carey interviews Stefan Scholten of Scholten & Baijings, and shares her thoughts on collections by John Derian, Danish Chromatism, Carl Hansen & Son and an installation by Jelle Mastenbroek.

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TEA WITH GEORG BY SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS

Creating a table setting that looks like the crowd gathered around it have just finished feasting — and making it sure it stays that way throughout Milan Design Week — has its own particular challenges.

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“Make sure you don’t drink the orange juice; it’s actually paint,” says Stefan Scholten with a wry smile of the inspiring breakfast held at Rossana Orlandi to celebrate the launch of their Tea with Georg collection for Georg Jensen.

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Editor Victoria Carey interviews Stefan Scholten

Editor Victoria Carey interviews Stefan Scholten

Scholten & Baijings joins illustrious company such as Alfredo Haberli and Ilse Crawford, who have each designed previous collections for Georg Jensen. “We were delighted to be given the chance to present and design a collection,” says Scholten. “Georg Jensen where great and open to us adding new materials like porcelain, because we like to add colour to the materials as well.”

ASTIER DE VILLATTE AND JOHN DERAIN

New York-based designer John Derian’s collection for Astier de Villatte was just across the corridor from Tea with Georg. The air was filled with the scent of their gorgeous candles, and the latest pieces include the ‘Apple’ plate, below.

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Before you leave Rossanna Orlandi to continue on the design trail, you must go upstairs to the wonderful shop, which is packed with treasures.

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DANISH CHROMATISM

Danish design was the flavour of the day at La Triennale. Danish Chromatism boasted a colourful celebration of traditional and contemporary design, showing no less than 30 Danish companies including &Tradition, Carl Hansen & Son, Fabula Living and Fritz Hansen, to name just a few.

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Designed by Gam Fratesi and Signe Byrdal Terenziani, the exhibition was inspired by artist Josef Albers and moves through black, grey, red and blue areas.

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CARL HANSEN & SON

Down the hall, we found examples of timeless Danish design and outstanding craftsmanship. Carl Hansen & Son celebrated Danish Chromatism with an installation of 10 of their most iconic chairs.

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The line-up included the ‘Wishbone’, ‘Shell’, ‘CH33’ and ‘CH445’ chairs as well as the 1930 ‘Heritage’ chair, which is going back into production and will be in stores by the end of this year. Not only the past was celebrated — a recently begun collaboration with famous architect Tadao Ando and the introduction of his ‘Dream’ chair were also included.

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SPLENDOUR LENDER BY JELLE MASTENBROEK

I wondered where the distant sound of spoons hitting china plates was coming from when I walked into the Design Academy Eindhoven exhibition at Ventura Lambrate. Curated by Miriam van der Lubbe, whose work with Niels van Eijk includes the famous ‘Bobbin Lace’ lamp for Archello, Linking Process is a selection of work by recent graduates.

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At the back of the exhibition space, I discovered that designer Jelle Mastenbroek’s ‘Splendour Lender’ was responsible for the distant chiming — which was actually the sound of a Euro rolling along a track hitting plates, bowls and cups as it travelled to the bottom of the cupboard. Mastenbroek likes to take everyday objects and adapt them so they become surprising, and he has certainly achieved that here.

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Words: Victoria Carey
Photography: Paul Barbera

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