There is only one event which can gather designers from all over the world at one place - il Salone - the design week in Milan. Every year in April, the city turns into a huge exhibition and the Salone del Mobile fair and its satellite exhibitions bringing thousands of designers to Milan, for a week of excitement of new trends within furniture design. After a year of absence, it was time again to visit the capital of design.
This years edition proved that Milan and its exhibition continues to make its way back after some difficult years during the crisis. The exhibition halls, the historic palazzos with its pop-up showcases and the showrooms where filled with positive atmosphere.
Well-known designers of the industry are still setting the trends for the commercial sector, but it was great to see fresh and unexpected ideas of young designers and start-up companies. The trend of the value of craft for companies continues to influence design and many companies are combining artisanal manufacturing methods with modern technology. The overall colour palette turns warmer and away from the cold and functional appearance of recent years. The influence of post-modern Memphis design for Italian designers has not been forgotten and returns on the scene, visible in designs of various designers such as Wanders, Navone and Le Broom.
Milan put on an impressive show again this year and it was with no doubt worth to visit. Days are long in Milan and walking distances as well, comfortable shoes are a must. But it does not matter how many places you already visited during the day, there is always a last stop at the other end of the city…Bar Basso. An institution itself and the only place where you can be sure to meet friends you just see once a year and where you can have a relaxed chat with Citterio & Co….