Baccarat’s New Lighting Series

Most definitely some of the most interesting pieces presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan last week were the Maison Baccarat’s new lighting series. The legendary house commissioned some of the most prominent names from the contemporary design world to revisit existing historical pieces or develop new ones.  Jean-Marc Gady revisited the Crinoline chandelier, one of the Baccarat collection’s … Continue reading

Focus… Giorgio Armani Menswear Collection SS2013

Giorgio Armani SS2013 Menswear collection presented earlier on today played with the idea of calm and comfortable clothing, in soothing tones of taupe, gray and deep blues, that still had an undercurrent of sophistication.  Jackets come with a single button or six buttons (or any number in-between), trousers can be pleated at the front and tapered … Continue reading

Focus… Gucci Menswear Collection SS 2013

Unlike most designers showing in Milan, Frida Giannini embraced a streamlined and refined style for the Gucci SS 2013 Menswear collection, choosing to put sportswear on the side. This translated into a collection filled with the pulled together look of a three-piece suit or a fitted double-breasted blazer, but always with a pair of classic … Continue reading

Focus… Dolce & Gabbana Menswear Collection SS2013

Domenico Dolce’s Sicilian roots have always strongly influenced the duo’s esthetic. For this collection, the pair time-travelled to Sicily for a nostalgic Fifties spring collection. Around 70 boys and men were gathered  from all over the island, and took to the runway to a frenetic pace set by a live folk band in an array … Continue reading

Focus… Jil Sander Menswear Collection SS 2013

A mood of triumph was in the air after Jil Sander’s return to the Milanese catwalk. The menswear collection shown in Milan on Saturday is the first collection Jil Sander has designed for her eponymous label in eight years. The queen of minimalism referenced natural design icons like Mondrian in a dazzling show of primary colours … Continue reading

Focus… Karimoku New Standard at the Salone Del Mobile, Milan

  Japanese furniture brand Karimoku New Standard unveiled its new collection last week in the Era studio Apartment Gallery at Via Palermo in Milan, during the Salone Del Mobile. Refined, stark and functional furniture and accessories were made to stand out in the raw apartment. The manufacturer wanted to show how its collection could easily … Continue reading

Focus… Marni Furniture Design

This week, the luxury Italian label made its first official foray into furniture design at the Salone del Mobile in Milan with a one-off collection of 100 chairs in a rainbow of eye-popping colours inspired by traditional Colombian furniture. As part of the Marni Charity Initiative, creative director Consuelo Castiglioni commissioned a group of former … Continue reading

Favourite… Triennale Design Museum, Milan

The Triennale’s modular buildings stand out with their superb interior design, sleek lines and harmonious forms among Castello Sforzesco, Arco della Pace and Arena. From the entrance foyer to the lab and the museum, all the exhibition spaces are conceived to display major international expositions. Also, the newly opened Triennale Bovisa offers uplifting temporary exhibitions. … Continue reading