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Studio Seven: Milan Design Week 2017

Milan is a melting pot of design this week. It’s not easy to pick seventy events, let alone seven, but here’s an eclectic mix of some of what you can discover around the city and at the Salone del Mobile itself.

Jamie Hayón

Discover the latest from the distinctive Spanish designer in two city locations. Hayón’s striking installation Stone Age Folk is at the Palazzo Serbelloni (corso Venezia 16), commissioned by Israeli surfaces manufacturer Caesarstone. He’s also the creative behind Fritz Hansen’s Fritz Hotel – discover his imaginary lobby at 9 via San Carpoforo from 10am-8pm today and tomorrow.

Salone del Mobile

Remember to make plenty of time, at least half a day, for the Salone del Mobile itself. Aside from the many halls of furniture from the world’s leading manufacturers, Euroluce returns with its usual dazzling display of the latest in lighting and light technology. And SaloneSatellite is celebrating twenty years of talent spotting. In the city you can visit the related space&interiors event which showcases architectural materials.

Tom Dixon’s Multiplex

British design star Tom Dixon has an eye for a good Milan location and this year finds him in the city centre. A number of international brands will join him in the arcade and theatre at via Manzoni 42. A series of cutting-edge brands will be offering all manner of sensory experiences, exploring the theme of ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’. You can also find out more about Dixon’s latest project with Ikea.

Two in Tortona

If you’re heading to the Tortona district, why not drop in on Corian where seven designers, including the UK’s Ashley Hicks, are showing individual cabanas in a huge space, exploring the decorative potential of the surface’s new collections. The Corian® Cabana Club is at Padiglione Visconti, via Tortona 54 from 10am to 10pm. Just a block away is Moooi‘s 2017 show, also in a vast open space (via Savona 56).

Established & Sons

Long-term collaborator and designer Sebastian Wrong has rejoined British furniture manufacturer Established & Sons as design director. The company, marking a new phase of ‘renewal and regeneration’, will exhibit at the Fiera for the first time. Check out their new pieces in Hall 16 Stand D43.

Refin

There are at least two reasons to visit this new showroom for Italian ceramics manufacturer Refin. See the new Twist collection by Studio Pepe, one of Italy’s most up-and-coming design practices, and make a pilgrimage to the former studio of Italian design hero Ettore Sottsass, whose decorative embellishments remain a striking statement (above). Via Melone 2, 10am-7pm.

Gervasoni

Paola Navone is one of Italy’s most respected designers, working with a number of the country’s leading manufacturers. One of her long-term partners is furniture company Gervasoni. Navone has been its art director since 1998 and recently redesigned its city centre flagship showroom. Drop in to via Durini to explore her relaxed and colourful style, and see the company’s new products.

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