I was spoilt for choice this week not knowing which to look at first … the Vogue blog covering Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia or the Vogue Living report each day from the Milan Furniture Fair.
I was definitely more interested in Fashion Week’s Street Style than endless images from the catwalk !
Meanwhile in Milan, my favourites included Missoni (top photo) combining daisies and its traditional zigzag (only seen on the ottoman on the left) and above, the fabulous brights from designer Paola Lenti.
It was all happening at Carriageworks in Sydney … what a fabulous venue for Fashion Week (yes, with the exception of the parking).
More of Paola Lenti’s collection ‘In the Key of Colour‘. The furniture is available through Dedece, Sydney.
Paola Lenti chose this fabulous Franciscan Monastery, complete with orchard and gardens, for the showing of their collection in Milan.
I was thrilled to chat with Jenny Gill, Australian agent for the fabulous Gervasoni furniture, on her return from the Milan Furniture Fair. This is the word from Milan.
What were the trends and future direction in furniture seen in Milan ?
loose covers, lots of timber furniture, ‘big’ sofas, the new ‘big look’ for most furniture, shiny fabrics, flokati style rugs and long pile carpet in general, over sized/exaggerated pendant lighting
What were the colours shown for the new season ?
orange, purple, grey and soft grey/green
Which range proved to be particularly popular at the Fair for Gervasoni ?
inout range which is modular furniture for outdoor use and upholstered in waterproof removable covers
Apart from the Gervasoni range, which collection had an impact ?
Minotti’s large furniture range
What are your tips for a visit to Milan for the Furniture Fair ?
it is a distinct advantage to be as close to the centre as possible, near the Duomo and furniture showrooms
Can you recommend a hotel in Milan that you have stayed at ?
the NH President, Milan is where I stayed this trip and it is terrific (4 star)
Any fabulous cafe’s you can recommend ?
bar erri, via durine near hotel
Do you have a final tip for visitors to the Fair ?
a must …. visiting the area where the new designers not able to afford the Fair exhibit ….. Zona Tortona
Retail Showroom for Gervasoni : Anibou, Sydney
As part of Salone del Mobile 2012 (or the Milan Furniture Fair), Danish fabric house Kvadrat, invited seven curators from around the world to nominate a design talent from their area ….. to create a new piece using their fabric. These pieces are some of my favourites … the hammock, coffee table and giant animal cushions …. showcasing the design itself ….. the classic fabric …. and of course the colour palette !!
This exhibition was a focal point with its iconic woollen upholstery fabric relaunched in 58 colours !!
images: wallpaper magazine
This beautiful fabric has been used and loved by designers around the world since 1968 when it was first produced by Kvadrat. It was designed by the very talented Nanna Ditzel.
Really not sure about the range of Mercedes Benz furniture….their first !!!!
It is being launched as we speak at the Milan Furniture Fair.
In their own words they are describing it as dynamic, futuristic and having nice form and lines……and I am sure the ergonomics are brilliant, however it really just doesn’t look terribly comfortable.
Perhaps, the statement piece in a Mercedes Benz showroom or state of the art harbourside apartment !!
The collection comprises chairs, chaise lounge, dining table, shelf for the home theatre system, drawers and bed.
No doubt the quality is impeccable, however I suspect the prices may be approaching that of the smaller cars in the range.
Food for thought…..I don’t think so.