It’s the highlight of the design calendar year with hundreds of launches, lunches and VIP events taking place across one city; of course we can only be talking about Milan Design Week 2018.
This year we had the pleasure of embarking on a whistle-stop tour of Salone del Mobile 2018 with our premium Italian extraction and air purification client, Falmec. It only seemed right after all to accept an invitation to their artisanal stomping ground.
Not satisfied with just the one client present at the show, we were also delighted to see successful launches and installations from our other premium design brands GROHE and Caesarstone.
Here are out highlights from this year’s event:
1. Spazio by Falmec
A brand new product from Falmec expected to be available in the UK later this, Spazio takes the stunning pendant extractor look to new heights. It features chromotherapy lighting that allows you to grow your herbs and plants for cooking, as well as handy storage components for an organised and tidy kitchen.
2. The Barazza stand
As a guest of Euroline, Falmec’s exclusive UK importer, we also had the opportunity to spend some time with another of Euroline’s partner brands, Barazza. The kitchen brand which manufactures the whole spectrum of kitchen appliances, from ovens in luxe metallic finishes and customisable hob and work surface combos, to wine coolers and blast chillers, is a highly regarded name in Italian kitchen design and its products were showcased on several other high calibre stands at the show. Celebrating its 50th birthday at the show, Barazza’s slick, minimalist and professional style pieces generated a wealth of interest, particularly from an architect and design customer base.
3. Atrio Launch by GROHE
An immersive installation in their brand new showroom on Via Crocefisso set the scene for GROHE’s relaunch of a classic product range: the Atrio tap. The new collection will feature 35 models that play homage to the classic tap look. According to GROHE VP Design, Michale Seum, the taps “achieve new levels of engineering perfection”. The installation looked amazing, too!
4. Caesarstone x Snarkitecture
Surrounding the main “arena” is an amphitheatre made up of over 250 Caesarstone and metal mesh pedestals using three different Caesarstone colours from their new industrial collection, Metropolitan: Cloudburst Concrete, Airy Concrete and Rugged Concrete to create a white to grey, monochromatic gradient, rising to emulate the appearance of a natural landscape.
Regularly hailed as the most anticipated installation at MDF, Caesarstone’s designer partnerships take out the box thinking to a whole new level. The installation was showcased at the faded grandeur of Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana, open to the public for the first time during Milan Design Week. Visitors of the installation were guided through an immersive experience of a conceptual kitchen island. At the centre of the space, a large circular kitchen island, made of Caesarstone White Attica, explores the changing states of water - ice, liquid and steam – at different stations. Caesarstone surfaces are used in layers, referencing natural topography as a metaphor for nature.
Needless to say it was one of the most shared features of the show on social media channels.
5. The Smeg Stand
No trip to Milan would be complete without a quick pit stop to the Smeg Stand which is always gauratneed to be Instagram-fodder. Brightly coloured Dolce & matt finish frides were a personal favourite, made all the more prettier with this daisy wall foliage in the background.
It might only have been 24 hours but we were completely inspired by what we saw. Till next year, Milano.