What more can I say? Every aspiring designer should visit the country, the city and the fair at least once in their life.
I flew to Milan on the 15th of April with a group of my fellow designers (2 days before the famous international furniture fair kicked off), in order to have some time to explore other parts of the country. We stayed in this picturesque little town called Bergamo, just to the north of Milan which had it’s own abundance of beautiful design evidenced in its historical architecture.
The first day was a little disappointing as we were all tired and it was raining, but we still managed to venture outdoors to better acquaint ourselves with the town. The second day proved much more fruitful as when the sun comes out, as does the camera. I managed to capture some decent photos (some of which can be seen above).
The following day we all decided to travel to Lake Como/Lecco. This was by far the best possible decision we made during our brief visit. Taking a taxi boat enabled us to take in the breathtaking views of the mountains and alps in the far distance. The local food was also incredible – myself trying the fried seabass for tea.
For the remainder of our stay we traveled to Milan in order to see all the exciting designs being exhibited. It would be impossible to write about all the designs/shows we saw, but my personal highlights included; the ‘underground experience’ offered by Italian bathroom and kitchen furnishings company, Gessi. It was a surreal experience being taken underground and then ‘transported’ into this ‘new world’. I admit, some of it did come across a bit ‘wishy-washy’ i.e. “in order to find yourself, you must first lose yourself”. Nevertheless, their actual products were of an insane quality and they did provide free champagne, wine, cheeses, salami and the best tasting pasta I’ve ever had at the end of the show.
The other show I really enjoyed was the exhibition provided by Sawaya & Moroni. They showed some of my own personal favourite designers work such as; Zaha Hadid and Ross Lovegrove. It’s all very well seeing pictures of their creations online, but seeing them up-close and personal really was a wonderful experience. The ‘Z Chair’ by Hadid is nothing short of beautiful, as was the lighting display shown on the ground floor of the building all designed by Ross Lovegrove.
I am writing this entry back in the UK, and going through all the photos has made me want to be back in Italy once again. It really is an exciting place to be. There was of course, many more examples of fantastic design, but the aforementioned two were my personal highlights.
Till next time!