This year the PENSONites dusted off their design hats and took a trip to Milan Design Week. It didn’t disappoint – what with the fab weather, the atmosphere and the food – the inspirational design we saw was just an added cherry on top of the Milan-styled cake. As expected, we learnt a few things along the way and saw some familiar brands. Milan is now so large-scale that, thankfully for designers, it’s grown to encompass multiple design quarters across the city featuring art, graphic design and everything in between. Now named Fuorisalone, the event compliments the traditional furniture and interiors at Salone del Mobile which resides further away from the centre of the city. This year we left Salone del Mobile to the seasoned pros and focussed our attention on Fuorisalone and the newly added hub at Ventura Centrale.

 

Here are a few things we learned on our travels (and a few things we already knew, but thought looked pretty anyway)…

 

Old buildings are the best backdrop for presenting furniture

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Gubi new collection installed at the Palazzo Serbelloni, which dates back to 1770

 

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Old and new was contrasted at Gubi

 

Moooi still remains one of our favourite designers. This years’ ‘A Life Extraordinary’ exhibit featured unique pieces inspired by extinct animals – drawing attention to humans’ place on our planet – and questioning our motives for the future.

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Meshmatics Chandelier

Meshmatics Chandelier

 

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Partitions don’t have to be expensive if you just want to ‘screen’ off sections of a room. Moooi installed gauzy black fabric on their showroom space – which worked best because of the lowered level lighting – also making this a great idea in retail or residential projects…

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Detail shot

Detail shot

 

Italian Terrazzo is everything 🙌

Multiple colourways

Multiple colourways on one floor ❤️

 

As always, textures are a central component to design

Snarkitecture's installation exploring the changing forms of water

Snarkitecture’s installation exploring the changing forms of water

 

The platforms were set at irregular heights to emulate a natural landscape.

The platforms were set at irregular heights to emulate a natural landscape.

 

Lighting has emotions too…

Preciosa Lighting created an installation which reacted to people blowing in a device and sending a trickle of light along separate lights

Preciosa Lighting created an installation which reacted to people blowing in a device and sending a trickle of light along a cluster of separate lights.

 

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Louis Vuitton was as exceptional as ever…

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The flowers were made from leather

The flowers were made from leather

 

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Pop ups + neon = a combination of dreams…

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P U M P U P T H E J A M

 

Millennial pink is still going strong…

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We dropped in to Acne Studios. Just because.

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The finishes at Acne are every Interior Designer's dream

The finishes at Acne are every Interior Designer’s dream

 

Layered polycarbonate makes a great reception desk

Adding light throughout the desk gives a warm glow

Adding light throughout the desk gives a warm glow to the piece

 

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The desk at Ventura Centrale was a great feature, and with polycarbonate in this form, would be cheap to make.

 

Cement is the answer to the housing crisis…

3D Housing 05 by CLS Architetti is a 3D Printed Concrete House

3D Housing 05 by CLS Architetti is a 3D Printed Concrete House

 

It aims to provoke thought surrounding sustainable architecture and the housing crisis

It aims to provoke thought surrounding sustainable architecture and the housing crisis

 

The entire printing took just a week

The layers give a organic effect

 

The Future is Living in a Cube

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Containerwerk create sustainable, cost-conscious housing with used shipping containers.

Containerwerk create sustainable, cost-conscious housing with used shipping containers.

 

Living modules were surprisingly roomy

Living modules were surprisingly roomy

 

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Storage room galore

 

We were surprised how much volume could be added in such a small space. It didn't lack in areas to place objects either.

We were surprised how much volume could be added in such a small space – it didn’t lack in areas to place personal objects either.

 

It’s all in the details details details…

Suede acoustic walls at Moooi

Suede acoustic walls at Moooi

 

Baars and Bloemhoff presented Transitions III - which we thought was one of the most Intsagrammable exhibits

Baars and Bloemhoff presented Transitions III – a selection of materials and elements that we thought was one of the most Intsagrammable exhibits.

 

Wallpaper at Moooi

Wallpaper at Moooi

 

In Italy, white goods are anything but white…

We captured these on our strolls to and from events

We captured lots of inspiration on our strolls to and from events.

 

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Cooking up a storm at Dolce & Gabbana

 

That we have squad goals…sometimes…!

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…And finally…we learned that Milan is, of course, the most magical backdrop to a design event. For those who haven’t graced the city’s rustic yet modern streets, then we urge you to go next year.

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Duomo di Milano

 

Palazzo dell'Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana

Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana

 

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One of Milan’s many churches