Sunday, April 20, 2014

Paola Navone for Essent'ial | Merci Pop Up Store | Salone del Mobile

When your favourite designer and your favourite store team up in Milano at the same time you are in town for milan designweek you might call yourself lucky. After meeting Paola Navone at a party in Paris some years ago, I seem to keep bumping into her whenever I am in Paris or Milan. It was a real pleasure to have a little hug and an hello with her again when visiting the pop up store this year. Main theme was a new collection of iconic black and white and some green and red also items for essent'ial.

This year my eye caught the new designed chair 'Oblò', tucked away under the stairs. Designed by Paola Navone for Triconfort |and previously showed at M&O| This range of garden furniture consists of a table with casted aluminium legs and a textured white or grey marble surface. The chair is available in different colours. 

And as I love to combine outside furniture with my interior I'd love to add the dining chair in silver to my home. You can never have to many chairs right... now only to find if it's availble somewhere nearby.

Bad thing of these pop up stores is, you always want to bring something home. Being on a flight and not carrying the biggest suitcase I always stick with little gadgets and just only bought myself some bathroom accessories like the black marble enamel cup by Dyke and Dean and some Aesop products |can't resist them| and being on a trip to Milan always is a good excuse ;) 

More pictures in my Facebook and Pinterest album

pictures ©vosgesparis
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fuori Mercato | Salone del mobile 2014

I had the most wonderful week in Milan. And those who follow me on Instagram might have seen the amazing area |have a look| I stayed together with a friend. A former industrial area beautiful renovated into loft apartments and creative spaces at Via Savona 97 right in the middle of hot and happening zona Tortona. With beautiful exhibitions, party's |thank you NLXL for the great night!| and the studio of Paola Navone on walking distance.

When not being in town and walking for hours, 8-10 hours were no exception, to see as much as possible from Milan designweek we stayed at home where our friends of Zooilab organised Fuori Mercato 2014 an exhibition and event with the objective to encourage and sustain young designers. In two different area's Italian, Dutch, Korean and other designers showcased their work. there were lectures and workshops and we ended Milan design week with a great party to close the event with a DJ Set.  

I love to show you a collection of the work that was showcased and will upload many more pictures to my pinterest (later)  for now & facebook albums.

30/70 is the relation between solid and air volume of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), a lightweight, precast building material that simultaneously provides structure, insulation, and fire- and mold-resistance. 30/70 is a pendant lamp from a solid concrete block by Italian Graffe 

The imagery of the brand of Adriana Morandi and varied, Gothic, austere, fragile, poetic, dark .... But infinitely feminine ....the constant search for a balance of non-natural things. I loved her dark presentation with the dress hanging from the ceiling. Her clothes can be found in shops in Milan, Tokyo, Beverly Hills and Amsterdam. visit her website at Adriana Morandi

Thanks to Mindert & Lucia for their hospitality, the great Fuori Mercato event and finding us an amazing place to sleep and ofcourse my friend and design buddy Muriel for the laughs and the company and not to forget reading maps! & all the creatives of Via Savona 97
find all pictures of the Fuori Mercato exhibition in my facebook album for now and later on at Pinterest

Friday, April 18, 2014

Constancy & Change | Triennale | Salone del mobile 2014

Just amazing to enter this hall with Lee Bong-ju's "Bangjja Meditation Bowl Bells". Hand-beaten brassware, or bangjja, are made with a tin and copper alloy. The sound was just really beautiful |they are often called singing bowls| and together with the Patchwork Wrappers hanging from the ceiling my favourite exhibition at the Triennale!

Hansan Ramie Patchwork Wrapper
pictures (C) vosgesparis
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kanjian Creations | Triennale | Salone del mobile 2014

Kanjian, the main promoter of contemporary design inspired by the traditional Chinese arts, is a design platform with a cultural initiative that brings together top designers to revive forgotten arts such as silk embroidery, ceramics and black canvas prints.

The exhibition, Kanjian creation was one of the exhibitions at the Triennale and included a number of examples of design that explore new frontiers and interpretations derived from these traditional materials and techniques.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COS X nendo | Salone del mobile 2014

After skipping last years Salone, this year I went back to Milan to join thousands of Design lovers in Europe's largest Design event. This is such a huge event, and it's almost impossible to see everything and you can spent a whole day in one of the Fuori Salone area's. We also spent a day downtown to do some shopping at the famous Corso Como and combined it with some exhibitions in and around the Brera district.

The temporary COS Conceptstore was one of my highlights this year. Especially for the Salone del Mobile, COS teamed up with Japanese design studio, nendo who made an installation consisting of COS shirts in different hues of black, grey and whitE.
In the basement there was a beautiful collection of different objects by nendo, I especially loved the stationary an the turning cups |see the Iphone movie I made|

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