Our Highlights from Milan Design Week 2018

We were pretty taken aback by the size of this year’s Salone del Mobile. An astounding 300,000 people attended throughout the week and at every turn our eyes were treated to a spectacular display of modern and innovative design.

Velvet was everywhere and the 1970s seemed to have well and truly made a comeback. Timeless materials such as marble and resin still seemed as relevant as ever, and lots of dogtooth patterns cropped up time and time again. Here are some of our highlights from the rest of Milan Design Week 2018…

Nilufar Gallery

French architect India Mahdavi (of London’s Sketch fame) created a plush nightclub inspired by Milanese gallerist Nina Yashar. ‘Chez Nina’ was tucked away above Yashar’s renowned Nilufar Gallery. Custom silk De Gournay wallpaper surrounded opulent velvet furnishings in deep reds and greens. Mahdavi actually went on to win the Salone del Mobile’s Design Prize 2018 for Best Designer so we were glad we didn’t miss out on this special venue.

Apparatus Showroom

This New York-based company design cool one-off lighting installations. They have a permanent showroom in Milan but the brand took this year’s Design Week as a chance to showcase their five new collections. Drawing on Apparatus co-founder Gabriel Hendifar’s personal and cultural connections, the new collections were all inspired by Middle Eastern art and design. The space itself sported stripped back walls, large potted plants and blue carpeted floors; ‘a colour that is associated with royalty in Iran’ Hendifar detailed.

Disco Gufram

The niche and luxurious Italian brand, Gufram, collaborated with Milan-based studio Atelier Biagetti, Dutch designers Rotganzen and Paris-based GGSV for what was described as a ‘slightly bonkers’ showcasing of trippy, 70s inspired furniture. Some unforgettable designs included melted disco balls and deep purple seats with patterns inspired by the geometry of dance floors – groovy baby.

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