from BELGIUM

Milan - city of design

From April 4th to 9th, Milan again brilliantly assumed its role of world
capital of design. The furniture exhibition, with hundreds of stands and
numerous events organised in the city, caught the breath of the
professionals of design from the entire world. It is obviously not possible
to summarise this abundance for you. From the very bad replica of a chair
by Helene Gray to the promising stuttering of the design students, the range
covered is much too great.

Each visitor left with his own impressions, and, writing this 20 days later,
I am now able to sort out the mass of information acquired during five busy
days full of discoveries. It is difficult to keep quiet about Philippe
Starck’s latest provocations which consist this year in the creation of two
chairs deep-rooted in the history of American design. However, the
strongest souvenirs are mostly linked to the exhibitions proposed in a
calmer setting than that of the Fiera. None of the shows, sometimes
megalomaniac, of the large companies can supplant the pleasure found in the
private studio of Michele De Lucchi, where, amidst of his creations for his
Collezione Privata, the designer proposed a beaufiful series of 'Ready Made'
lamps. This same kind of pleasure was also given to us by the Galleria
Milano, which offered the latest creations of Ettore Sottsas for Serafino
Zani and the Japanese editor MaruTomi, accompanied by creations of Branzi,
Irvine, Levanti...

The Satellite Salon offered another kind of satisfaction: the certainty
that next year's fair will be as interesting as this year's. The changeover
is there, full of talent, even if the majority of objects presented in this
salon can of course be improved, some young designers have too important a
tendency to 'play the artist' before even becoming an accomplished designer.

Here are some pictures:
http://www.designaddict.com/exhibitions/milano/milano1.html

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'Ready Made' Lamp
by Michele De Lucchi



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by Jean-Marc Gady for Liv'it


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