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Style Lesson: Salone Internazionale del Mobile part 2


For those of you who have never been to the Salone del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair) it’s a design mob scene. Held in a convention center the size of 10 football fields, it’s a wear your comfy shoes situation, and make sure to hydrate. This year once again I went with my dear friend and designer, Kelly Hines. We braved the Metro, we were sandwiched like sardines. Once we arrived we headed to her first appointment at Flexform. AMAZING place.

This year the special exhibit was the Cucina (kitchen) area, needless to say I spent hours wandering and chatting with chefs and Reps about new innovations in the kitchen.

I split my day and wandered around with my sweet Italian designer friend Monica Damonte and her darling daughter Victoria who studies interior design in Milan and has a really cool blog called Vickos Diary. They wanted to show me all their favorites. Right now Victoria is obsessed with Tom Dixon. Tom was in attendance and she was dying to have her photo made with him. So I grabbed him said he had a fan and wrangled them for a photo. He was less than thrilled as we caught him trying to dash out with a boxed salad in hand. Hence the sour look on his face. Geez.


Victoria with the very hungry Tom Dixon.


Flexform Showroom in full swing.


Kelly enjoying a little time off her feet at Flexform.


The most amazing Rossana kitchen, so beautifully finished, it was breathtaking.


A great Demo area was set up with various Italian Master Chefs demoing and cooking for the crowd.


All in all the Milan Furniture Fair is worthwhile. It’s truly a worldwide take on furnishings at an amazing venue. Well laid out, organized, and exciting. I love it every year, it never gets old.

Couple of tips:

1. Take the Metro to the Fair, you can buy an all inclusive ticket.

2. Wear comfortable attire. Wear comfy shoes.

3. Bring a roller bag, as the vendor websites are not updated and they will never send you the catalog, so if you like the line take the paper catalog!

4. Stay in Milan for the show for at least 4 days. That way you need not spend the entire day at the fair, it’s exhausting and visual overload. 5 hours at a time is plenty.

5. Take in the temporary displays in the various design districts like Brera.

6. Go to the parties, but have aperitivo first at the Armani Hotel or Bulgari Hotel, as there is very little food at these design parties.

7. Make hotel or apartment and restaurant reservations well in advance as everything is super insane.

Ciao tutti, more Milan inspiration to come… Stop by and let me know what you think! tanti baci


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Milan Furniture Fair 2013

As most of you know I am spending April at our home in Italy. April is my annual girls’ trip, and we are having a blast eating, shopping and touring in my town and through the region. One of my guests is architect/interior designer Kelly Hines, so when she proposed that we add the Milan Furniture Fair to our agenda during our girls trip this week, I jumped at the idea. Kelly and I hopped in the car and headed to Milan, 2.5 hours north. We stored our bags at the hotel and hopped the metro to The Milan Furniture Fair which is located in the outskirts of Milan at the convention center.

The fair is huge, I mean giant, I mean spaceship giant. We walked all day, seeing the newest and best in contemporary interior design. Fantastic finds making my heart beat a little faster. Eye candy everywhere.
One of the best parts of the show are the after parties or as the Italians say aperitivi. One of  the most inspiring was the Ingo Maurer lighting party. Ingo Maurer {The inventor of low voltage commercial lighting} did not disappoint us.

Set in a slightly seedier part of town on the first floor of a rather run down building {which made the lighting display somehow even more appealing} were the most amazing light fixtures you could imagine. As the Italians say “supercool.” Guests were greeted with a white light installation including a large outdoor over-scaled picnic table plopped in the middle of a well worn courtyard. Suspended white shaded hanging lamps arranged in a grand sculpture hung high above the table. Stunning. Hipness and fashion everywhere, flash bulbs flashing. It was a scene.

A banquet table set on the far side of the first floor loft space had floating candles that magically hovered 2 feet above the table in front of a mural of the last supper. This was the centerpiece of the mammoth room, mouth dropping awesomeness. These floating candles are available for purchase, as of now the magical lighting was only available to see on the big screen in a movie you might remember… Harry Potter. Campari lights, flying lit cakes, cracked eggs, and flying plates of spaghetti rounded out the collection. The party was a blast, but the lighting was even more exciting. Ingo Maurer is known for his lighting design genius and sense of humor. His new collection was impressive and innovative and ahead of the curve in every way.

This is the Campari Light, genius!

yes a slice of cake as a lamp … What???

The next few inspiration Mondays will be my recall of all things design from my finds at the fair.

Inspired… is an understatement.

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