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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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Style Lesson: Salone Internazionale del Mobile


This week I wanted to give you a little something different! As most of you know by now, we have a home in Italy. I try to get to the Milan Furniture Fair every year in April and gather a little, NO A LOT of inspiration.

As a stylist it’s most important to travel to other countries and recharge your creative battery, this is not an option as stylists, it’s a must. So if you want to be a well rounded stylist of any sort, travel, pick a place and book a ticket.

This year I will be doing a series of posts on what I saw, and how it inspired me. It seems natural that I would start at Rossana Orlandi’s amazing spazio for new and established artisans from all over the world. The space itself is an inspiration. Surrounding an expansive courtyard is a series of rooms, corridors, hallways and staircases filled with handmade goods. It’s a must when in Milan for the show. Don’t miss it.

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Shown above is Rossana literally holding court in her courtyard.

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These really adorable pen and ink drawings lined a hallway in the villa. Here’s a drawing of Rosanna. They were literally drawn on the wall and then framed with faux gilded cardboard frames.

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One of my favorite rooms was by this handmade line: Bokja design. Insanely creative and cool I wanted everything in the room!

Obviously eye candy and something not to be missed during The Milan Furniture Fair. More to come in the upcoming weeks, stay tuned for more Milan inspiration. The one thing I find remains the same every year, is that creative energy is something that never wains and that in itself is so inspiring.

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