Milan: Design Week

The Brera design district is the focal point of design in Milan and serves as a hotbed of cultural and creative development. It’s a charming quarter of the city where art, fashion and design live together. Its streets are quaint and decorated with design showrooms, art galleries, boutiques, museums, cafes and restaurants. From performances at La Scala, to the window displays of fashion boutiques, to open air photo galleries, Brera embraces design completely during Salone, and it becomes clear that design’s influence extends far beyond the fairground exhibitions.

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Pop-up exhibits by manufacturers occur all over the city and we are excited to share some of our favorites with you. Paola Lenti launched its 2015 collection at the Chiostri dell’Umanitaria, a beautiful Franciscan convent in the center of Milan, and displayed new indoor and outdoor furniture and rugs in an installation called “Beyond Color.”

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The Dutch company Moooi, a brand we don’t carry (yet!) but are continually inspired by, set up shop at via Savona 56 and presented their new collection – and launched a brand new carpet line – in conjunction with an art exhibition by Rahi Rezvani.

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In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Porro exhibited at its showroom “Cabinet of Curiosities,” an installation by Piero Lissoni featuring a series of intricate and quirky wooden boxes. The boxes were created and signed by renowned designers who have collaborated with Porro over the years.

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Minimalist driven Japanese design studio Nendo presented “nendo works 2014–2015″ at Milan’s Museo della Permanente. The one-year retrospective most prominently showcased Nendo’s collaboration with Glas Italia, an Italian furniture manufacturer working uniquely with glass. The pieces presented in Milan pushed the boundaries of possibility and exercised a wide range of Glas Italia’s library of techniques in the medium.

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