Studio Seven: Milan 2018 feature

By Matt Balmer
May 31, 2018

Last month’s Milan Design Week was an intense whirl of commerce and culture, all driven by design. We’ve chosen seven pieces that caught our eye there, a sneak preview of the four-page feature in our upcoming June issue, which also includes a separate report on kitchens and appliances event EuroCucina.

Lee Broom
British designer, Lee Broom presented his latest collection of lighting. The Eclipse collection combines subtlety with glamour and includes a pendant, chandelier, table lamp and wall light. The collection’s design incorporates a mirror–polished chrome disc inserted with a glowing LED.

The Swedish flooring company added four new designs to its range of products this year. The designs represent an evolution of its original collections, made with tones of wool, vinyl threads with neutral tones and subtle shimmer. Bolon presented a whole new colour palette, including rusty brown, khaki green, beige, green and grey.

Antonio Citterio and Carlo Colombo presented new pieces that marry Italian craftsmanship and material palettes with Scandi forms. Ascanio’s solid wood side table combines pared-back design with a simple marble surface and an elegant walnut frame with handles for easy movement.

Rayures, the new translucent room divider designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec features modular, fluted glass panels, each laminated in exclusive yellow and lilac colours. They’re also available in neutral transparent coloured glass range finishes with anthracite chromed brass hinges.

Nada Debs
Lebenese designer Nada Debs debuted her first solo show at the Rosanna Orlandi Gallery under the title ‘Up, Close & Personal’ with her Funquetry, You & I and Tatami ranges. Her new collections give a contemporary spin to traditional craft techniques – including cabinets and tables in modern shapes.

Italian rugmaker Golran has worked with Paris-based designer India Mahdavi on Garden of Eden, a series of new rug designs inspired by Persian gardens. Each of the four patterns is available as both a formal rectangle and a more organic shape (all four shown left) that echoes the leaves in the design. Based in Milan the company can trace its roots back to Persia in the 19th century.

The Anteprima store – on the city’s famous Corso Como – hosted marble specialist company MGM and its first furniture collection during Design Week. Hewn from a single piece of marble perched on a walnut wood base, the Curl chair is designed by Stefano Gritti and Sofia Rollo and was made in collaboration with wood furniture specialist Riva 1920.