This past design week in Italy it’s been sooo nice. I’ve never seen Milan that busy !!!! Since I spent just two days there I decided to concentrate on two areas: Brera (my overall favourite) and Tortona, I regret I didn’t visit the Ventura – Lambrate since I saw so many nice things on Instagram.
Anyway here’s my Top Ten:
1/ INTERNO ITALIANO
Hidden in a little corner of Brera I discover this brand inspired by the Italian way of living and created by Giulio Iacchetti. Internoitaliano objects “enjoy a special status: they are happy objects, the fruit of a 50/50 joint effort between the designer who designed them and the craftsman who lovingly made them,” I think you can really tell by the look of them !!
GIOVELAB is a small but sparkling ceramic studio based in Trentino. They are inspired by simplicity and produce an unconventional table collection made of porcelain, stoneware and wood from their local land. I was absolutely in love with those little spoons and the all ceramic collections (the packaging is also very cute! Perfect for a nice present). You can order from their online shop.
3/ GIGACER CERAMICS – LCS Collection
I fell in love with those ceramic based on Le Corbusier’s Polychromie architecture. The colour, size, textures are just so amazing, and the quality is all made in Italy (Faenza). I’ve been dreaming already about my bathroom remake with those blue and white ones.
4/ YOKOHAMA MAKERS VILLAGE
Yokohama Makers Village is a brand where metal processing companies in Yokohama combine their unique technologies to create 12 incredible vases. I discovered in the Tortona are and I loved the way the vases were displayed on those totems. They’re all laser cuts and the design is very minimal and contemporary: one of my favourite finds!!
A soap dish made of diatomaceous earth (a burned fossil). It absorbs water and keeps the soap dry. Such a great invention (don’t we all hate that little water that accumulates at the base of the soap?).They also have toothbrush holders, mats and a lovely spoon to put into the salt/food jars (so clever). Not sure if they ship to the UK, but I almost wanted to buy all the collection!
Oxtam creates beautiful bespoke wood furniture. Customised, cosy nature and interactive is how the founder Arianna Mora defines her brand. Definitely, a nice brand to keep in mind if you need some quality and original furniture.
Kayou is an innovative Indonesian brand founded by five architects who have the same passion for wood. The company is specialised in wood furniture craftsmanship called Kayou. The word of Kayou is originated from Bahasa Indonesia “kayu” or it means “wood” in English. The Salya magazine Holder was one of my favourite pieces…
Another Indonesian brand producing beautiful wood furniture and home accessories. Karsa consists of hand-picked materials chosen for their quality, made locally in Indonesia by highly skilled craftsmen and most importantly—designed by talented Indonesian young designers. Totally in love with the Benoa Chair and those buttons shape hangers, so cute!!
9/ EX-T BATHROOM COLLECTION
Ex.t is an Italian design brand for bathroom furniture, accessories and lighting based in Florence. Even if I saw some of those products on magazines before, it was a nice discovery to see it in a flash.
The brand collaborates with well-known international designers like Note Design Studio, Norm Architects, Sebastian Herkner and Samuel Wilkinson. The perfect pieces for a small bathroom….(some more ideas for my future bathroom makeover….)
10/ RENZO SERAFINI
In one of the nicest Milan Courtyard just off Via Tortona, all covered by ivy, I discovered Renzo Serafini, a brand producing minimal industrial lights. The installation was really beautiful, inside a typical Milanese apartment. Worth checking the collection, the use of raw metal and simple geometries.
That’s it! If you were in Milan I hope you enjoyed it, did you see any of those installations? Or any other nice one? I can’t wait to read all about it, leave me a comment below. Have a good weekend!