Salone del Mobile.Milano Moscow

From 10 to 13 October the Salone del Mobile.Milano will be back in Moscow for the 14th year

For its 14th edition (10-13 October 2018, Crocus Expo-2) the Salone del Mobile.Milano (and Salone Satellite) will be back in Moscow with a new name: Salone del Mobile.Milano Moscow. Consolidating the drive towards internationalization and the aim to achieve primacy in an important market, the focus is on taking the experience and capacity for innovation from Milan and its Salone to a capital city such as Moscow, bringing to Crocus Expo-2 home furnishing goods exhibited last April at the Salone del Mobile.Milano, the showcase for upcoming trends and new talents, where positions and strategies are consolidated.

More than 250 Italian companies will be exhibiting in Pavilions 7 and 8, seeing the event as a great opportunity to gain a foothold in the Russian market and that of the former Soviet Republics, which are showing an increasingly keen interest in quality products, be they classic, design or luxury pieces. The Salone del Mobile.Milano Moscow includes a vast array of goods – ranging from furniture to accessories, kitchens, lighting systems, offices, bathrooms and textiles.

This is an important trade fair for high-end Italian products since Russia continues to hold great strategic importance: in 2017, Italy remained the second largest furniture supplier to the Russian market. More than 30,000 visitors are expected and ICE (the Italian Trade Agency) will be bringing a delegation of 140 operators – buyers, distributors, architects and interior designers – from the Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to the event.

This year’s Master Classes will be moderated by Olga Kosyreva and held by Ferruccio Laviani, Fabio Novembre, Mario Bellini.


Designer Menswear by the Historic Woolen Mill and the Fashionable Atelier

Menswear created from fabrics by Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti dal 1881 and by the young talents of Atelier Sanvenero: tradition meets innovation

Outfits by Sanvenero and Lanificio Cerruti

With a clear vision of the needs of today's menswear, the historic Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti dal 1881 * designs the ideal fabrics to keep up with contemporary life. Atelier Sanvenero, now run by a new generation of young talents, uses them to make urban clothes and jackets for a tireless traveler.

High-quality weaving, Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti dal 1881

The proposals range from luxurious garments (including those in alpaca and vicuna) for ceremonies and parties, to made-to-measure items, to waterproof and anti-stain performing garments that are soft and perfectly fitting. Presented in new colors and three-dimensional drawings or solid colors, unique in their kind.

Outfits by Sanvenero and Lanificio Cerruti

In addition to the store in Savona, in Milan at Corso di Porta Romana 6a, the Sanvenero Living Room has been inaugurated, offering full tailoring service, without any kind of limitation, including alteration of any design detail, with professional advice by Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti dal 1881, which discovers young talents in menswear fashion design. [Text Giorgia De Sanctis - Photo courtesy of Lanificio Cerruti dal 1881 and Atelier Sanvenero]

[Text Giorgia De Sanctis - Photo courtesy of Lanificio Cerruti dal 1881 e Atelier Sanvenero]

Fabrics and sketches at Atelier Sanvenero


80% of the shares of Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti dal 1881 have been recently acquired by Norwegian fund Njord Partners, specialized in this kind of acquisitions in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Australia. The Cerruti family, still working at the company, retains the remaining 20%.

Milano Moda Donna S/S 2019 Starts Today

In the video ‘Be Ready’ you will see how a top model gets ready for the Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2019 and its 165 collections

‘La modella ucraina Nastya Timos nel fashion movie ‘Be Ready for Milano Moda Donna’

Milano Moda Donna Spring / Summer 2019 ( takes place from 18 to 24 September 2018 with 60 fashion shows, 80 presentations and more than 40 events, involving 165 collections. Agnona, Fila, A.F Vandervost, ACT N.1, Ultràchic and Chika Kisada are participating for the first time.

Tiziano Guardini, winner of the “Franca Sozzani GCC Award for Best Emerging Designer” at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia 2017, will present his new collection, along with Byblos, Iceberg and Philipp Plein.

At the Fashion Hub of Milano Moda Donna, among the young talents supported by Camera della Moda are the 12 finalists of the International Woolmark Prize 2018/19, a project by The Woolmark Company focused on the beauty and versatility of Merino wool.

The Fashion Week will engage the whole city of Milan also with the installations of ‘Milano XL’ displayed in the key places of the fashion route.

‘Be Ready for Milano Moda Donna’

It will be possible to watch some events real-time on the website with live streaming of fashion shows, videos and photo galleries, using the app of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter accounts, or on the giant screen placed on the corner of Corso Vittorio Emanuele and piazza San Babila.


Milan-based production company The Blink Fish presents a fashion movie for Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana to celebrate Milan Fashion Week September 2018.

The protagonist of the short film ‘Be Ready for Milano Moda Donna’, directed by Giacomo Boeri and Matteo Grimaldi, produced by Antonio Guarrella, is Ukraine model Nastya Timos during her training to get ready for the event – including workouts, fittings and selfies.

Clothes and accessories by Arthur Arbesser, Gabriele Colangelo, GCDS, Giannico, Lucio Vanotti, Marco de Vincenzo, Paula Cademartori, Sara Battaglia, Stella Jean and Vivetta. [Text Barbara Tassara]

#Youngtalents: JOYNOUT

Joynout studio, based in Tel Aviv and Milan and founded in 2012 by Assaf Israel, specialises in the creation of new products and concepts for contract and public spaces

Assaf Israel

The values that guide the team in the design process are innovation, quality, user experience and spreading joy. “We love collaborating with other talented creatives and companies who see, just like us, the importance of enhancing human relations and providing inspiration, using the design tools”. In a world that favors virtual reality, Joynout aims to change people's perceptions and conceptions, bringing new tiding to the tangible spaces which belong to all of us.

Daydream al Fuorisalone

At Salone del Mobile, Joynout launched Daydream, a sculpture like seat, inspired by the lemniscate (symbol for infinity), offers users new and unexpected ways of sitting, lounging and interacting.


Available in ten different colours, with potential for more in time, Daydream is Made in Italy from high quality, durable materials: the seat is formed by two interlocking identical cushioned panels, creating an object that has no clear beginning or end. The frame is made from timber, the textiles are by Kvadrat and the removable head cushion makes for easy cleaning and maintenance.



Created in reaction to the current trend of perpetually moving forward, the Daydream is inspired by the human experience, encouraging users to disengage with external distractions and find themselves in the space. When seating two however, the Daydream promotes interaction by creating a synergy between the users. In an alienateci world, the Daydream aims to bring people closer to one another.

[Annamaria Maffina]/

Panasonic Explores Emotional States Through Design

Panasonic turns 100 and at the London Design Biennale, open until 23 September 2018, explores how design and technology can improve our lives

London Design Biennale, a three weeks’ festival at the Somerset House, represents one of the moments of fastest growth of global design and this year it shows Panasonic’s renewed efforts to develop products that improve our daily experiences.

At the Biennale, Panasonic exhibits Kasa, a collection of smart round lights that, thanks to vibration sensors, are able to understand our emotional state and glow only when we are calm and kind to them. The whole line has been developed in collaboration with Kyoto-based (Japan) craftsmen and explores the ability of products, and design in general, to affect our state of mind and how next century’s innovation will influence everyday life.

Takehiro Ikeda, Creative Director of Panasonic Design & Director of Panasonic Flux, commented:

Emotional States is a natural theme for a design biennale. The design of everything around us – our homes, environments, the clothes we wear and the products we surround ourselves with – all have immense power to influence our state of mind. As new technology becomes ever more embedded into our everyday lives, there is no better time to explore the impact design can have on the very human language of emotions that we all intuitively understand and respond to.

Running at the Somerset House until 23 September 2018, the Biennale hosts 40 countries – an unmissable event for those who want to keep up with technology and smart living. [Giuseppe D’Orsi]

Helsinki: The New Amos Rex Art Museum

Amos Rex is a futuristic cultural center for contemporary art (with restaurant and cinema): one more reason to go to Helsinki

Amos Rex, view of Lasipalatsi Square [Photo © Mika Huisman/JKMM Architects]
Amos Rex was inaugurated on August 30, 2018 in Helsinki, after five years of works and a 50 million euro project, entirely funded by private individuals. The opening exhibition is Massless, digital installation by Japanese collective teamLab, running until 6 January 2019.

Amos Rex, exhibition 'Massless' [Picture: © teamLab/JKMM Architects]
The project by Finnish studio JKMM Architects Ltd renovates and expands the 1930s Lasipalatsi building and spreads beneath the modernist Lasipalatsi Square with around 2,200 sq m of exhibition spaces surmounted by large vaulted ceilings and skylights that, with a dynamic interplay of conical volumes and curved shapes, redefine the area’s urban layout. Amos Rex also includes the historic 590-seat Bio Rex Cinema.

Amos Rex Cinema Bio Rex, Helsinki

Amos Rex is doubtlessly one of the most important buildings that have been built in recent years in the cultural district of Helsinki, where the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Finlandia Hall, the National Museum of Finland, the Finnish Museum of Natural History, the Ateneum Museum, the Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) have been built and the new Oodi, Helsinki Central Library is scheduled to open by the end of 2018.

Amos Rex, detail of the skylights of the exhibition room [Photo © Mika Huisman/JKMM Architects]
Amos Rex was constructed through a joint venture between the City of Helsinki and the Föreningen Konstsamfundet, an arts foundation set up as the bequest of the philanthropist Amos Anderson (1878-1961), publisher, financial investor and art patron, known in Italy as the promoter of the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae in 1938 headquartered in the 16th-century Villa Lante al Gianicolo in Rome, owned by Finland since 1950.

Föreningen Konstsamfundet has been operating the Amos Anderson Art Museum since 1965 and, after providing all the funding for the new Amos Rex, it will operate it as a private institution. [Text Arianna Callocchia].

Mediterranean Creativity on Show at the Materia Design Festival

Materia Design Festival, in Catanzaro from 20 to 23 September 2018, is where international designers meet traditions and materials of Southern Italy

'Ficarazza', designed by Domenico Gioia, handcrafted by Marzia De Rosa

Materia Independent Design Festival ( is now in its third edition with the challenging ambition to become the most important design festival in Southern Italy. Last year it attracted over 8,000 visitors and for this year (20-23 September 2018) even more people are expected to come.

'Filofono' laboratorio artigiano Ennio Gentile

In the most typical glocal spirit, the festival aims to create connections between local craftsmanship and design’s ability to innovate, calling international designers with Calabrian roots, but also simply Italian and foreign designers. Positive consequences on the territory are already there to be seen.

The initiative takes place in the historic center of Catanzaro, the venues are the monumental complex of San Giovanni, Ex Stac and Museo Marca. The curator of the 2018 edition is Sergio Fabio Rotella, born in Catanzaro with offices in Milan and Beijing, author of architecture and design projects in Italy and abroad. The theme is 'PASTmeetsFUTURE', with the mission to design products rooted in the tradition keeping an eye on the future to enhance the South. More specifically, 'Made in Calabria' and 'Souvenir Calabria' are the initiatives that have led international designers to collaborate with Calabria-based companies.

Poltroncina e libreria Ioniki, design Setsu e Shinobu Ito con Menniti & Mercuri

The sixteen experimentations involve Japanese duo Setsu & Shinobu Ito (winners of a Compasso d'Oro award) with Menniti & Mercuri; Israeli Ronen Joseph with the company Domenico Cugliari; Argentinian Gerardo Mari and Porta Cosfer for Clypeum; Sergio Fabio Rotella with Cotto Cusimano; Antonio Aricò and Saverio Zaminga for Nirù; Marco De Masi and Squillace-based ceramists IdeArt, Il Tornio and Deco Art; Imma Matera and Tommaso Lucarini with Azienda Salvatori; Domenico Garofalo, Massimo Sirelli and Studio F with Hera; Luca Maci and Arte Marmo Calabrò; Domenico Gioia with craftswoman Marzia De Rosa; Gerardo Mari and Fabbriche Musicali Calabresi; Gerardo Mari and Gruppo Pedullà.

'Cocciu d'amuri' by Danilo Randazzo


'Monterosso' kitchen cabinet, designed by Ronen Joseph, made by Domenico Cugliari

Materia Design Festival will also stage educational and playful activities: exhibitions of works by young designers from any part of Italy, local companies and showrooms, talks with some of the aforementioned designers and sustainable design and circular economy expert Giorgio Caporaso, workshop on packaging with Domenico Gioia; design experience with artist Massimo Sirelli with a focus on Calabria between collaborative installation and interactivity; the exhibition Food Graphic, concerning packaging, with a selection of projects that took part in OneMorePack, and an exhibition curated by Mario Verre on the contemporary contamination of traditional Mediterranean furniture. There will also be music events in the evening.

This engaging experimental festival has been conceived and developed by Officine AD, a firm founded by Catanzaro-born architects Domenico Garofalo and Giuseppe Anania. [LB]

'Saportipico' by Flavia Aprilini






Soup Opera: the food becomes a code of communication for art and creativity -

Soup Opera is a project that uses food as a shared language to illustrate the universe of art and creativity

Homo Faber: Fine European Craftsmanship is in Venice

Big event dedicated to artistic crafts at Fondazione Cini: great masters pay their tribute to the traditions of fine craftsmanship and its relationship with design and fashion

HomoFaber 2018 Venice ©CiniFoundation

From today to 30 September 2018, the over 4,000 sq m of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore will be hosting Homo Faber #HomoFaber2018, the largest exhibition/event dedicated to European craftsmanship. From fashion to writing, from woodcarving to the restoration of sailing boats, to the creation of special papers, Homo Faber showcases the most representative traditional crafts related to luxury to express the industry’s respect for master craftsmen and their importance.

The ruby set in the nib of a Mont Blanc fountain pen ©Mont Blanc

Expertise, passion and talent unveil the human side of luxury objects, considered as bearers of values, culture and the ancient know-how of those who created them with their own hands. Twenty artisanal techniques are illustrated by  masters who reveal how the iconic products of the most renowned fashion houses or exclusive brands are born.

Mannequin for a finger purse ©Judith Clark- Rosie Taylor Davies

The 16 exhibition spaces have been curated by 16 leading figures in the design field, including Michele De Lucchi, Judith Clark, Jean Blanchaert Stefano Boeri, India Mahdavi, who have chosen galleries, cloisters, libraries and the Gandini swimming pool, usually closed to the general public.

Peter Bellerby Globemaster [Courtesy of Julian Love]

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Triennale Design Museum are the valuable partners that collaborated in the organization of the exhibition presented by Swiss Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship dedicated to the preservation of artistic crafts, strengthening their relationship with design. [Text Giulia Bruno]

Admission to the largest exhibition organized at Fondazione Cini is free upon registration on, every day from 14 to 30 September 2018.

Artemide: New Competence Centre in Zurich

In the new Artemide mono brand showroom in Zurich, the brand’s innovations for residential, architectural and outdoor uses can be experienced


On the central Albulastrasse in Zurich, at the end of June 2018, Artemide inaugurated a space that would be reductive to define as a showroom: this is the Artemide Light Competence Centre. In line with the ongoing technological research andThe Human Light’ philosophy underlying Artemides work, it is not a static exhibition space; on the contrary, it includes a work station, an office and a conference room featuring advanced and appropriate lighting solutions.


Moreover, visitors, professionals and final customers can explore the frontiers of contemporariness with ‘Light over Time’: LoT offers endless lighting variants that can be controlled in a dynamic and intuitive way by means of special software.


Artemide has been recently awarded with its eighth Compasso d'Oro for Discovery (a series of lamps that transform optic principles into ‘magical’ effects) and also its founder, engineer Ernesto Gismondi, has deserved a Compasso d'Oro Lifetime Achievement Award for illuminating with tireless energy the evolution of design in Italy. [Photo Marcel Nüesch]