Emiliano Ponzi illustrates the 60 years of the Salone del Mobile.Milano

The award-winning Italian illustrator has created six posters celebrating the anniversary of the trade fair

After illustrious predecessors such as Massimo Vignelli, Pierluigi Cerri, Guido Scarabottolo, Lorenzo Marini, now it is the turn of Emiliano Ponzi. One of the most internationally acclaimed and awarded Italian illustrators has created the communication campaign image for the sixtieth edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, to be held in 2022.

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The artist, famous for his spare, precise style and for his quasi-metaphysical atmospheres, has been commissioned to create six posters – one for each decade in the history of the trade fair. The posters had to illustrate the Salone’s connection with the city and the evolution of design. Thanks to the artist’s unmistakable style, the result is a contemporary tale showing the reasons why the Salone has always been much more than just a trade fair, making Milan the undisputed global capital of design. Emiliano Ponzi has chosen to celebrate and convey a reflection on the Salone through an emotional approach. Exploring the rituals and customs that have defined the identity of Italy and Milan from 1961 to the present day, the result is evocative illustrations that summarize eras in a few strokes.

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The posters for the 60 years of the Salone del Mobile.Milano: The Sixties

The six posters celebrating the 60 years of the Salone del Mobile.Milano

In particular, the first poster depicts a Sixties Milan interior, the second portrays the working-class city of the Seventies; the third focuses on the swinging Milan of the Eighties (Milano da bere), the city of fashion and design; for the Nineties he took inspiration from La Scala Theatre and its relationship with the Salone; for the first decade of 2000, he focused on the new Fiera Milan spaces in Rho, designed by Massimiliano Fuksas. The final poster reflects on the present and ushers in the future, focusing on the concept of sustainability, now one of the trade fair’s priorities.

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The posters for the 60 years of the Salone del Mobile.Milano: The Seventies

Emiliano Ponzi’s work has identified the most representative elements of the city and its relationship with the Salone, while maintaining a cross-cutting approach and vision, best suited also to expressing the cross-pollinations bound up in this relationship.

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The posters for the 60 years of the Salone del Mobile.Milano: The Eighties

Breaking with the traditional communication style of the Salone del Mobile, augmented reality will usher in a new level of relationship and interaction between illustration and audience. The partnership with Alkanoids, a Milan-based creative studio specializing in 2D/3D animation and filmmaking, has added a new digital component to the images. Scanning the QR code on each of the posters will bring the illustrations to life, ceasing to be static and flat. In each picture, one or more elements will come alive to move the viewer even more.


DDN HUB 2022

DDN HUB returns to the Fuorisalone, on Piazza del Cannone, at the Castello Sforzesco, from 6 to 12 June, 2022. The sixth edition also promotes technology and sustainability

The layout includes a covered structure, complete with a lounge area, Faemina; an area for cooking demos, with the participation of Siemens; and a co-working area, with the participation of Tonucci and Luce5. Luce5, in particular, will give concrete examples of how light can be poetic, illuminating all DDN HUB spaces. In the covered structure, professionals from different disciplines will present innovative ideas and techniques in the field of eco-friendly design. DDN HUB 2022 will include a series of design and art exhibitions, round-table discussions and performances on the various themes related to the well-being of both human beings and the environment.

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DDN HUB 2021

Outside, an exhibition of outdoor furnishings, Outdoor vision, will feature a terrace used as a relaxation area and several installations. The installations represent the balance between sustainability and technology; among the architects presenting their projects, we can mention Bertone Design with Furla, Isinnova with Brix, a construction system, and Progetto CMR with Rocktecture.

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DDN HUB 2021

The Metaverse and NFTs

For the entire duration of the event, Tecnovision and Cryptonomist, with Amelia Tommasicchio, will organize an exhibition of NFT projects. Visitors will be able to get closer to immersive digital reality, thanks to talks with experts on NFTs, blockchain and the Metaverse. The DDN HUB event will also take place in the Metaverse, with The Nemesis, and anyone in the world will be able to access it.

The mascot for the event, Konny, designed by Fabio Rotella, architect and artistic director of DDN HUB 2022, represents the union of biophilic and technological aspects, both in the real and digital worlds. Konny will take visitors on a journey into a dreamlike dimension to let them reflect on today’s complex issues – modernity, sustainability – and the possibilities that technology offers us.

DDN HUB will thus provide considerable food for thought about the state of the art in design, technology and sustainability both for professionals and the general public. The beautiful location, at Sempione Park, inside the Castello Sforzesco, will encourage the search for harmony in nature.

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DDN HUB 2021

Hospitality at DDN HUB

The week's special events include the evening of 9 June, dedicated to kind luxury, featuring chef Roberto Balgisi, Massimiliano Scotti - Europe's best gelato maker, and Paolo Moccia - winner of the World Pizza Championship, and the gala evening of 10 June, the first design red carpet conceived by DDN, in collaboration with Eurotoques and starred chefs Enrico Derflingher, Tommaso Arrigoni and Gianni Tarabini.

DDN HUB 2021

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Roca galleries: innovative and sustainable bathroom furniture

Roca galleries, Roca's exhibition spaces, host cultural events displaying innovative and sustainable bathroom furniture

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Roca gallery, Barcelona

In recent years, Roca, a leading Spanish bathroom furniture company, has opened Roca galleries in London, Barcelona, Madrid, Shanghai and Beijing. These exhibition spaces have been designed by the company to illustrate and promote its innovative and advanced vision. For years, the brand has been committed to making high-quality products and systems for innovative and sustainable bathroom furnishings.

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Moreover, the Roca galleries constantly host numerous exhibitions showcasing the brand's latest innovations. But that's not all. Each location is also a place for meeting and researching for industry professionals and design enthusiasts looking for information on the latest trends in the industry and what the bathroom of the future will look like.

 

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Milan Design Week 2022: the downtown area

A comeback in style for Milan Design Week 2022 in Milan city center, with plenty of events and exhibits

The Milan city center, as always, will host a lot of events, ranging from exhibitions in house museums to presentations in showrooms and special installations. One of the highlights of Via Durini is at Natuzzi, which presents a wholly renovated showroom designed by Fabio Novembre, and several new products.

Historic house museums host design in Milan downtown

The Poldi Pezzoli house museum, for example, hosts the exhibition "871 days, 50 products, 17 designers and 1 single color. A temporary exhibition conceived by Luca Nichetto," which features the work of La Manufacture. The objects on display are all orange, the color of the bibs worn on construction sites. The exhibition, therefore, represents a dynamic and ever-changing construction site.

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La Manufacture, at Poldi Pezzoli museum

Palazzo Bagatti-Valsecchi, on the other hand, is home to "Palazzo delle Meraviglie." Curated by Katrin Herden, the project returns to Fuorisalone for its third edition. In 2022, the Palazzo hosts Barn In The City, an Amsterdam-based studio led by Nancy Torreele with collaborator Martijn Van Rijn.

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Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi

From Romania, comes artist Eduard Locota, and from Portugal, studio Hommes, by Portuguese designer Micael Carvalho. Maker Jake Szymanski arrives from New York, while Perennials and Sutherland will present the Frank collection by Vincent Van Duysen. Finally, even Katrin Herden herself will participate in the exhibition, with decorative pillows from Sohil, her Milan atelier.

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Perennials at Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi

Tom Dixon is coming to Milan to celebrate his brand's 20th anniversary with an exhibition of his most iconic pieces at Palazzo Serbelloni.

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Palazzo Serbelloni

At Salotto di Milano, Corso Venezia 7, Simone Guidarelli introduces his take on the beauty of interior design. The exhibition "Les Jardins Imaginaires" involves various brands, including Officinarkitettura and Matrix International, Melogranoblu, Bedding Atelier, DSV Carpets and Antica Fabbrica Passamanerie Massia Vittorio 1843, in an immersive installation.

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Les Jardins Imaginaires, by Simone Guidarelli

Design icons and enduring projects

Design Variations, the group show curated by Mosca Partners, leaves Palazzo Litta this year and spreads between two prestigious locations downtown. The Circolo Filologico Milanese, at 10 via Clerici, among the others, is hosting a project by Marialaura Rossiello Irvine, the Circolo Café, a permanent project that will continue after Milan Design Week.

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Il Circolo del Caffè, di Marialaura Rossiello Irvine, at Circolo Filologico, via Clerici 10

Palazzo Visconti, the other venue of Design Variations 2022, hosts several projects including TURN ON, TUNE IN, DROP BY... with Superonda by Archizoom Associati. For the occasion, the Superonda sofa wears a new fabric, Terrazzo, designed by Laura Bethan Wood, and accompanies the Plasma armchair by Nigel Coates and the Ultrafragola mirror by Ettore Sottsass jr.

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The Superonda sofa with Terrazzo covering, by Laura Bethan Wood

Campari Soda and Alessi present two iconic objects designed by Giulio Iacchetti. Cirifletto, Alessi's first mirror, and Senzabuio, the lamp for the evening aperitif, will be shown at the Alessi showroom at 14/16 Via Manzoni. The objects will be on sale online and, from the fall, in the Mohd showroom on Via Turati.

Cirifletto and Senzabuio, by Giulio Iacchetti for Alessi with Campari Soda

The Jacob Cohen showroom presents a denim version of the Neil chair, designed by Jean Marie Massaud. The new version, Neil Denim, retains the clean, essential lines but takes on a more contemporary look, thanks to Jacob Cohen's covering.

Neil Denim chair, by Jean Marie Massaud for MDF Italia, with a new covering by Jacob Cohen

A special guest from Japan

The Milan city center also houses a new concept for the public restroom. THE TOKYO TOILET (TTT) is a project that combines Japanese design and hospitality to create a new public toilet concept. During Fuorisalone 2022, The Tokyo Toilet comes to Milan with an exhibition at the Triennale and an installation at the UNIQLO store. Moreover, The Tokyo Toilet and artist Daido Moriyama will offer a new interpretation of the public toilets at the Duomo subway stop.

The Tokyo Toilet

Designtech debuts in the MIND - Milano Innovation District

Technological innovation hub in the design, furniture and construction sector opens its first headquarters in the Milano Innovation District

After more than two years of work and research, Designtech, the hub for technological innovation in the design sector, opens its headquarters in the MIND - Milano Innovation District, in the former Expo area. Designtech's goal is to bring companies closer to innovative startups to design solutions capable of improving and revolutionizing the way we live. Designtech, therefore, unifies design and technological innovation. It wants to acts as a bridge between companies, which have made design a central economic sector for the Italian economy, and the new generation of digital and creative entrepreneurs.

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Detail of the facade of the Village Pavilion, photo courtesy of MIND

Designtech was born on the initiative of Ivan Tallarico, founder and CEO of Hi-Interiors, and a group of entrepreneurs and professionals with complementary experience in the industrial design, automotive, nautical, hospitality, fashion and media industries. Its purpose is to primarily support companies operating in the furniture, construction, architecture and real estate sectors. The infrastructures that make up the hub are designed, built and managed directly by Designtech as a living lab to foster dynamics such as open innovation, startup acceleration, venture building, rapid prototyping and testing of new products and services in the aforementioned sectors.

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The reception area of Designtech

Designtech offers co-working, co-factory and co-living services in MIND-Milano

Among the services offered by Designtech we can mention co-working spaces with adjoining showroom, co-factory and co-living spaces. These spaces offer companies concrete opportunities to experiment with novel solutions in a real-world environment.

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A meeting room on the first floor

Designtech is opening its first headquarters in MIND. There, in the Village Pavilion, it offers several innovation spaces and services dedicated to the community, which includes startups, companies and design industry professionals.

A meeting room on the first floor

The first co-working space, with adjoining events space and food experience lounge, is the result of the collaboration with Lombardini22, as design partner, and the area's developer, Lendlease.

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Food experience lounge, in collaboration with Lomdardini22, ph: Andrea Martiradonna, courtesy of Lombardini22

In addition to the co-working space in MIND, other co-working, co-factory and co-living spaces are currently being planned. A second space, designed by Pininfarina Design, is located halfway between MIND and City Life. There, in the heart of the Certosa District, a former industrial area in the redevelopment master plan of the former Koelliker area will become a new hub. It is an open urban factory, where spaces for prototyping and digital fabrication will coexist with office spaces housing startups, self-producers and makers. [Featured image: Andrea Martiradonna, courtesy of Lombardini22]

Waiting room, in collaboration with Lomdardini22, ph: Andrea Martiradonna, courtesy of Lombardini22

The walls of the living area and the Wallover system by Caccaro

Wallover by Caccaro: solutions for TV sets and the living area

The Wallover storage system by Caccaro is the perfect solution for furnishing walls; its architectural approach allows you to freely combine dimensions, materials and colors. But Wallover is not just a piece of furniture: thanks to the endless possibilities for organizing interior spaces, Wallover walls allow you to have everything always in perfect order, concealed behind doors and columns.

Wallover can take on endless configurations to create custom walls with a strong design identity. The configurations to which the system’s elements can give rise are truly many; from full-height double-sided pillars, which can also be placed at the center of the room, to equipped walls with TV set; from solutions that reinterpret the concept of the traditional cupboard to bookcases; lastly, from storage units for the sleeping area to functional compositions for the entrance hall.

Wallover's wide range of interior equipment makes it possible to create a composition that is perfectly suited to the functions it has to perform and to the style of the rooms it has to furnish. The lighting inside the modules and on the backs represents an evolution of the Freedhome system; the result is a "living" wall that elegantly decorates the environment with plays of light and shadow.

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Wallover for the living area

Designed by Monica Graffeo, Caccaro's new art director, Wallover has developed several furnishing solutions able to perform the different functions of the living area. Nowadays, the living area, in addition to the usual functions related to conviviality, generally houses increasingly technological and bulky TV sets, with sound systems that may require even very sophisticated systems. Reinterpreting the increasingly large screens and related devices (soundbars, consoles, decoders) in a contemporary way is one of the goals of the Wallover modular storage system.

A TV Frame

The Cornice element, for example, surrounds the TV and draws a picture to be customized with the system's noblest finishes. Kera, formed from thin slabs of porcelain stoneware that reproduces natural marble, and Oxid, an innovative lacquering cycle that reproduces the cloudy effect of metal and essences, are among the finishes of Cornice, for sophisticated and eco-friendly living rooms.

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Caccaro Wallover Cornice

The Cornice module is available in various sizes to accommodate TVs from 55 to 75 inches. Its 45° joints and thin thicknesses confirm Caccaro's attention to detail. The module includes a rear technical space of about 4 cm, which allows for the passage of cables and frees the composition from the position of electrical outlets. In this way, the TV becomes a simple picture, or a window, without any visible cables or sockets. A 45°-finished LED back panel can be installed on the frame, which enhances the finish of the module and facilitates TV viewing. Turning on, turning off and light intensity of the LED back can be adjusted with a remote control; the TV frame can be integrated with the other modules of the system, allowing for many different configurations.

Caccaro Wallover Cornice

Boiserie for classic walls reinterpreted with contemporary taste

Boiserie is another of Wallover's seven modules, which creates a precious insert on the wall, on which it is possible to suspend TV sets, even large ones. Finishes can be lacquered in all colors of the Caccaro palette, in three wood essences – Eucalyptus, Walnut and Oak – or in Kera or Oxid. A simple hooking system allows several Boiserie panels to be joined together in order to obtain the desired dimensions.

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Caccaro Wallover Boiserie

Also this element has a 4 cm rear technical space, designed to manage TV cables in a neat and invisible way, without any constraints on their position. As with Cornice, also in Boiserie it is possible to apply a light panel finished at 45°, which projects a soft light on the wall, enlivens it and enhances its finish. The addition of hanging cabinets or bookcases allows you to create compositions with a strong personality, with a merely aesthetic function or for storage.

Caccaro Wallover Boiserie

The suspended TV and the Multimedia Base

In addition to suspended solutions, Wallover also offers several options for floor-standing TV bases. One of the modules, called Base, can be equipped with a TV stand with a cable-passing column, allowing a 55- or 65-inch screen to be suspended. In this configuration, too, the cables run in the column and can be connected to the devices in the multimedia compartment. The multimedia compartment opens with a state-of-the-art push-pull flap mechanism, is lined with acoustic fabric, and has a perforated aluminum front that allows sound and infrared signals to pass through. The Multimedia Base can be fully integrated with the other modules of the Wallover system for a variety of compositions.

Caccaro Wallover Multimedia Base

Among the many solutions provided by Wallover for TV management, it is also possible to choose wall suspension. In this configuration, the screen becomes an integral part of the composition. The distance between Wallover's elements, the installation height, and the void around the black rectangle become variables that the designer can use to paint the wall like a picture.

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Caccaro Wallover TV wall

Milan Design Week 2022: Tortona and surroundings

All-round design for the seventh edition of Tortona Rocks, the Fuorisalone event in the Tortona area

Tortona Rocks brings innovative design to the stage of the Fuorisalone 2022, with more than 20 international exhibitions. From the monumental installation by IQOS to the innovation of the German Design Council, from the Slovenian Centre for Creativity (CzK) to the superior lighting design by Stilnovo, and much more.

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Stilnovo installation in the Tortona area

A highlight of the 2022 edition is the installation presented by IQOS, a large-scale temporary site-specific intervention that continues the evolutionary journey between art and technology. IQOS practically illustrates the potential of Airlite paint to reduce pollutants in the air with an installation curated by Truly Design Crew. The work consists of several surfaces, which create a large image representing a community of people, each with their uniqueness and story to tell.

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IQOS installation

Milan Design Week and Tortona: a continuing story

The events and projects in the Tortona Rocks schedule take place in the Tortona district at Opificio 31 and on Via Tortona, Via Privata Gaspare Bugatti, Via Savona and Via Bergognone. Opificio 31 will showcase several projects; for example, the German Design Council will present the winning projects of the international ein&zwanzig competition, including alternative techniques and new sustainable materials. The Slovenian Center for Creativity (CzK) will showcase a collective exhibition of designers offering a different perspective on manufacturing. Stilnovo's iconic products, on the other hand, will be the stars of the Stilnovo Original Lounge concept, while the future of housing will return to Archiproducts Milano with Future Habit(at).

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German Design Council, Softer Wood

Connective Nature by Finsa will offer a reflection on people's relationship with nature and the role of public spaces as social connectors; Vento by Consorzio San Daniele, on the other hand, will guide the visitors through an experiential journey highlighting the role of the natural and primal elements of the land where a product of excellence such as Prosciutto San Daniele is born.

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An installation by Finsa

Preciosa Lighting will bring rhythm to Milan Design Week with its installation Composition in Crystal, while Peter Ott will show how professional photography can be transformed into a new graphic style, a balance point between art and interior design.

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Recycling and new lifestyles

Opificio 31 will feature the Waste/Less initiative, proposed by Milano Space Makers, which organizes Tortona Rocks every year. The initiative, realized in collaboration with AMSA, shows the potential of a virtuous transformation process of waste materials.

The protagonist at Via Savona 35 will be THE PLAYFUL LIVING, which, in collaboration with Sfera MediaGroup, presents A Casa Ovunque, an event that invites us to reflect on how our lifestyles are changing and how homes are adapting to it.

The theme of Tortona Design Week, which returns again this year from June 6 to 12, is Fluidity and Design. Design becomes an essential factor of cultural transformation, sensitive to social changes. Among the participants in Tortona Design Week, we find Timberland, IKEA, Lexus, Saviola, Apima, Delta Light, Candy, Hoover, Haier, gloTM, Decor Lab, Capital Collection, Lechler - ColorDesign, Mia Forniture, Zip Zone, Materioteca, Officina 14.
Among the projects at Tortona Design Week, in the roundabout of Via Bergognone, Urbo.Style, which creates street furniture designed by Domus Academy students for the Milano Cortina 2026 Olympics. The name of the project is The Roundabout - Design with Nature; the furniture, made by Urbo.Style is made of tubular metal, in gold, silver and bronze, like medals.

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The Roundabout - Design With Nature

Milan Design Week 2022: the 5VIE District

At the Milan Design Week 2022, the ninth edition of 5VIE Design Week, between past and future

5VIE Design Week celebrates its ninth edition inspired by an interesting philosophy: Prototyping Utopias. Utopia is a more sustainable future, a city in the making, planned by design. The 5VIE, at Milan Design Week, are the ideal workshop for this project; starting from the building of SIAM, a historical institution dedicated to arts and crafts, it expands to the collective dimension of the neighborhood, which thus becomes an interdisciplinary workshop for hybridizations between the areas of design, art, fashion and crafts. The theme will be developed in different but interconnected branches: guest exhibitions and 5VIE productions; partner projects; the territory and its actors; lastly, the dedication to an historical designer or architect. This year’s choice is the radical collective Archizoom Associati.

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Archizoom and Superonda, photo courtesy of Centro Studi Poltronova

A natural consequence is the involvement of Poltronova, a company that was able to give substance to Archizoom's visions between the 1960s and 1970s, thanks to the entrepreneurial courage of Sergio Cammilli and the enlightened artistic direction of Ettore Sottsass. At the 5VIE headquarters, via Cesare Correnti 14, Centro Studi Poltronova presents a focus on Archizoom's work. In addition to monographs on Archizoom, it will be possible to see the iconic Superonda seat with the new Farfalla upholstery for indoor and outdoor use.

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Superonda with the Farfalla upholstery

Design and craftsmanship in Italy and the Netherlands

Among the various exhibitions and installations in the 5VIE district at the Fuorisalone 2022, we can mention Doppia Firma, curated by Michelangelo Foundation. At Palazzo Litta, Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte showcases a unique collection that is the result of the creative exchange between a designer/artist and an artisan, or an outstanding manufacturer.

Now in its sixth edition, Masterly - The Dutch in Milano, the event dedicated to Dutch design, fine craftsmanship and art, returns also this year. Nicole Uniquole, creator and curator of the event, returns to Milan to present selected designers, architects, artists, artisans, schools and companies.

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Masterly, the Dutch in Milano

Stone Italiana presents its new material, Cosmolite, in a temporary showroom at Via degli Arcimboldi 5. Stone Italiana’s new Cosmolite surfaces are made from a mixture made of 100% pre-consumer recycled aggregates that is easy to work with, durable and beautiful. Moreover, Cosmolite relies on a new production process and is quartz-free, thus more sustainable.

Cosmolite, by Stone Italiana

Still in the 5VIE, Le FRENCH DESIGN, the platform that promotes innovation in furniture and interior design, presents the exhibition Voyage en Intérieur, Le French Art de Vivre at the Institut français in Milan. The exhibition Voyage en Intérieur, Le French Art de Vivre showcases in Milan a selection of the most interesting self-produced design creations by the interior designers who won the second edition of Le FRENCH DESIGN 100 award. Furnishings and objects that testify to the creativity and richness of French design, sustainability, the many craft and industrial skills involved, alongside customized or unique proposals for the hospitality, retail and residential sectors.

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Le FRENCH DESIGN, Le Berre Vevaud, photo Romain Ricard

To discover all the events of the 5VIE district, visit the website 5VIE.it


Vetrite surfaces: no limits to imagination

Vetrite surfaces by SICIS, the perfect solution for indoor and outdoor use

Thanks to its versatility and beauty, glass has been used in architecture since the times of the ancient Romans. In recent decades, interior design and architecture have rediscovered the use of this material, which has become increasingly popular; Vetrite, the innovation by Sicis, has also contributed to the expansion of this beautiful and 100% recyclable material. Vetrite by Sicis is a collection of large laminated glass slabs, available in more than 200 colors, suitable for both interior and exterior coating.

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Thanks to its characteristics, Vetrite can be made in various thicknesses, starting from 6 mm, to be used for wall or floor applications; moreover, the opalescent, backlit slabs allow for special graphic effects. Vetrite can also be used to cover pieces of furniture such as tables, sideboards, bookcases, walk-in closets; tempering, made upon request, makes the surface suitable for use in the kitchen for both worktops and induction hobs.

Important steps forward have also been made in the field of technology. Vetrite can be supplied in combination with an integrated system of touch switches that make it possible to manage the lighting and/or the home automation system.

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Greater thicknesses and special tempering treatments also allow it to be used structurally both indoors and outdoors; with Vetrite it is possible to create impressive walls, parapets, sunscreen systems or external façades, just to give some examples.

Vetrite surfaces can thus become a key element in the design of an environment or a building both for structural functions and as a decorative covering for walls or floors.

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Milan Design Week 2022: Isola Design Festival

In 2022 Isola Design Festival returns to the Isola Design District

Isola Design Festival returns with the sixth edition from 7 to 12 June 2022, as part of the Milan Design Week. The theme of the 2022 edition is "Together As One", which stimulates the exchange of designers and projects, ideas and knowledge, between exhibitors and visitors. Today, in fact, designers, manufacturers, architects, consumers and all stakeholders in the industry must work together to design a new, more sustainable and innovative future. Isola Design District will welcome more than 250 international designers and design studios, in addition to local galleries and artisans. In total, there will be about 40 points of interest, in one of the liveliest districts of Milan.

Isola Design Festival: Stecca3

No Space for Waste is the theme of all the initiatives held at Stecca3, one of the district's main hubs. No Space for Waste is also the name of the main exhibition, focused on design products and furniture that minimize their environmental impact or are made with industrial waste. The exhibition’s sponsor is Heura, a fast-growing plant-based meat producer. The exhibition, held on the second floor of the venue overlooking the Biblioteca degli Alberi, features Riccardo Cenedella, Karma Design, Macarena Torres Puga Studio, Muhammad Shareef, Yaroslava Galayko, Better Weather, The Minimono Project, Lyla Design, Nicole Chrysikou, Amalia Puga, Boutures, Duplex Studio, Austeja Platukyte, Anga Paris, Tobia Zambotti, Senzaquadro, Zavier Wong Zhen Zui, Irene Roca Moracia, Camille Calvo.

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The Minimono Project, at the exhibition No Space for West

On the ground floor, DesignWanted, _sucks and Caracol present Robot Shit Exhibit, the first exhibition enhancing 3D printing waste. Outdoors, in the area near the Biblioteca degli Alberi, there will be a lounge area curated by Supernovas, a brand that transforms waste materials into design products. In the small square overlooking via De Castillia, visitors will find the Smile rocking chairs, designed by Pietro Bonu and produced by Caracol for Vivident.

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Robot Shit Exhibit

Vita Lenta

Vita Lenta is a project commissioned to Finemateria by Isola Design Group, carried out in collaboration with Regione Lombardia. It is a sensory installation inspired by the Japanese house, hosting 16 international designers. The projects are linked by a slow creative process; losing track of time is the central theme of the installation: from the selection of the projects on display to the way we record information. The participating designers and studios are Cara Davide, Lorenzo Mason, Ryota Akiyama, Sohma Furutate, Yosuke Matsushita, Kodai Iwamoto, Johanna Seelemann, Multistandard, Collin Velkoff, Juliette Berthnonneau, Tamako Yamada, Héloïse Piraud, Hannah Segerkrantz, Plasticiet.

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Detail by Yosuke Matsushita for the Vita Lenta project by Finemateria

Isola Design Gallery

This year Isola Design Gallery will be held at via Pastrengo 14, in a modern and eclectic loft obtained from a 400 sqm former workshop in the heart of the Isola Design District. The exhibition celebrates contemporary design with unique, handcrafted pieces by independent designers and studios from the Isola Design Community.

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Kaoi, Isola Design Gallery

On the other hand, Rising Talents is an exhibition held in an industrial loft at Via Farini 35, dedicated to students, recent graduates and emerging designers from the best international schools, who are about to enter the world of design as professionals.

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Kimberly Leijen, from Dutch Graduation Week to Rising Talents

International brands at Isola Design Festival 2022

Among the studios and brands from abroad, we can mention the award-winning creative studio Masquespacio. The firm presents Mas Creations Collections, at via Confalonieri 11, an immersive installation that aims to start the debate on the boundaries between art and design. The Valencian duo explores the contrast between colors, materials and shapes, inviting visitors to reflect on how everyday materials can be reinterpreted to take on new meaning.

Discover La Sastrería in Valencia, a project by Masquespacio 

Mas Creations Collection by Masquespacio

Architecture studio UNSTUDIO, based in Amsterdam but with offices all over the world, will present Future Perfect at via Cola Montano 13. The project, developed in collaboration with Kvadrat, Object Carpet, Foundation Fashion Research Italy, Cesare Roversi and YAC Academy, features obsolete products giving them a new aesthetic and ethical meaning.

For the full list of Isola Design Festival and Isola Design District events, visit the website Isola.design

Future Perfect project by UNSTUDIO