April Blog - Milan Design Week

Bright colours, clever lighting and dancing bears….

A key focus of the Milan Design Week this year was on the concepts of Design, Light, Future and Living, seeking an original take on contemporary living with the purpose of turning space into an experience which can be lived.

The fair took place a couple of weeks ago, and while we weren’t there ourselves, we have been admiring many of the interesting pieces/installations on display. Here we have compiled some of our favourite quirky pieces which we hope will stimulate some inspiration!


It is no secret that we are not shy of colour, so, here are a few pictures to satisfy this love. Part of the DeLightFul exhibition (below) was curated by Ciarmoli Queda Studio to offer a sensory experience to attendees, focusing on the intersections between lighting, design and technology.

Marni, the Italian fashion house, created a playground of nostalgia entitled ‘Playland’. The installation comprised of a number of different coloured sand areas, each with a range of furniture made from traditional weaving, reinterpreting childhood toys.


And if you need to keep guests entertained… these life-size bears are by Poala Pivi and not only are they made from feathers, but they also dance!


We spotted this collaboration between Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg on kitchen appliances, a great way to add to a splash of colour to a kitchen!

These mirrored side tables and chair by Studio Homewerk are fun pieces in their own right and their reflection and refraction of oncoming light is an added bonus.


Forma Fantasma presented a range of innovative lighting designs. These hoops project circles of light via a magnifying lens, to create an enhanced spotlight effect.

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German Designer Ingo Maurer, displayed a series of lights made from pleated Japanese paper, a new element to his Mamo Nouchies collection. The light has a stunning shell style and creates a warm lighting effect.

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Lambert & Fils presented these contemporary hanging pendants. These fun lights could have a number of uses in both private residential property and in restaurants/bars.

And finally, this lighting feature entitled ‘Isaloni’ is part of the Algorithm collection by Toann Guyen for Vibia Light. We love the wave effect, particularly against a dark backdrop for a party feel.