When in Milan for Fuorisalone its essential that you visit the city itself, to soak up some culture and sun in a more relaxed and creative environment. There are so many districts and so much to see that its almost impossible to visit Brera, Tortona, Ventura Lambrate and Sant’ambrogio in just a few days. Below are a few of our favourite things that we managed to visit.
Swine Studio, the London based designers, created a multisensory installation for fashion brand COS. This blossoming sculpture was housed inside Cinema Arti, a movie theatre built in the 1930s by local architect Mario Cereghini. The sculpture emits mist-filled blossoms that burst and evaporate upon contact with skin, but exist momentarily when met with textured fabrics, a truly fun and immersive experience.
Really are an exciting new company founded by Kvadrat alumni that has created a material called Solid Textile Board which explores the issue of how to re-use the clothing, bedsheets, and other fabric-based items we throw out each year. They have developed a rigid, high-density material which is formed under high pressure in a very similar way to HPL which can be lacquered or left raw and soft. It is presented in a series of furniture pieces by the British designer Max Lamb who explores the materials potential.
Holy Handmade was this years Wallpaper exhibition inspired by the deconsecrated church Mediateca Santa Teresa that housed the installation. Wallpaper tasked a host of talented designers including the Bouroullec brothers, Tom Dixon, Doshi Levien and Martin Brudnizki to reimagine ritual, rework worship and reconsider the communal. There was also a fun installation and bar by Seletti showcasing their latest Toilepaper collection.
The American manufacturer Matter unveiled its latest collection MM XVII for Matter Made, featuring designs by Faye Toogood and Philippe Malouin. It is a very interesting new collection and there is so much potential for growth for this company and really does emphasise just how much of a hotspot Brooklyn is for design at this moment in time.