Vitra showcased everything they ever produced in a huge stand. Newest designs mixed with older ones in large mock-up rooms; in different styles and colorschemes: primary colors, in orange, and in a colder colorscheme with silver (introducing the limited edition Verner Panton chair in chrome.) and one in pastels. Furthermore there was an almost educational part to be seen at the salone del mobile fair: ‘classic’ designs by Charles and Ray Eames, Maarten van Severen, Jasper Morrison and Hella Jongerius, showcased in a way that you could see how they are made; a true ‘design showcase’. Also on show, in wooden cupboards as large as walls, were all the accessories produced by Vitra through the years, which was a nice interior-history lesson as well.
We, at Mimi Berlin, thought this was a very impressive and beautiful presentation.
Maarten van Severen
Maarten van Severen
wooden cupboard with accessories
As always; some images of what we desrcibed above. If you would like to read and see more information click to go to vitra.com
Dutch design mixed with Dutch art at the ‘Nothing New’ exhibition. At the same venue; Museo Diocesano in Milan, emerging Dutch design talent at ‘Bar Anne’ on show during Milan Designweek 2018.
Christiaan Zwanikken at Nothing New
Bar Anne, by Space Encounters x Children of the Light
The Dutch (contract) furniture company Lensvelt made quite the bold statement during Milan Design Week 2018 with the exhibition: Nothing New at the Museo Diocesano in Milan. Lensvelt didn’t show new furniture, but mixed it’s previously produced design amongst art (installations). The Nothing New exhibition was curated by Maarten Spruijt, some of the works, including performances were especcially made for the exhibition at Fondazione Lensvelt. (see all info under the images)
The Peacock chair became the Emanuelle Chair In the 1970s. This throne-like chair with a massive back made of rattan, became a tool for being sexy after the release of the film and the poster-image for the rated X movie Emanuelle; in which the lead-actress Sylvia Kristel posed topless in such a chair. (She did that, or had to, for many years to come.) It became an iconic image associated with sensuality and/or plain sex. Anyone who posed in a Peacock chair became sensual in an instant. And so, it those days you will find images from Julio Iglesias to Brigitte Bardot in a Peacock chair. Amazing!
1976 Summer Fashion By Couture Designers 1976 Summer Fashion By Couture Designers. EMMANUELLE’ chez CHANEL: Dans un fauteuil en rotin, Sylvia Kristel, héroïne des deux ‘EMMANUELLE’, pose en studio, vêtue d’une robe longue en mousseline rose pâle dont le haut est surpiqué, parée d’un gilet à manche longues, en guipure blanche, rehaussée de motifs jaune d’or. Prise de vue de face sur fond orange vif. (Photo by Jean-Claude Deutsch/Paris Match via Getty Images)
Photo by Francis Giacobetti, 1974
PHOTO magazine may 2067, Photo by Francis Giacobetti, 1974
Exotic Morticia Addams Chair
For people who were old enough to watch TV in the 1960s: you know the chair probably as being linked to the The Addams Family tv series. Mom Morticia Addams sat in one all the time. If you were born in the early 1900’s the peacock chair would have an exotic connotation to it as well, For the first time western culture came in touch with Asian design and materials.There lies the origins of the peacock chair: to be specific in the Philippines.
Maybe it’s us. Maybe it’s a trend: Friendly Furniture. At the Milan Design week 2018 we saw too many, too much:
Sofa’s disguised as Barbapapa. (from tacchini.it)
Rounded corners and edges; chairs, cupboards and even scissors seemed unharmful (as in babyproof).
Disproportional furniture and accessoiries making you feel small-sized. And, on top of it all; many of these designs are produced in pastel colors. (and in 70s like orange/brown colorschemes)
tachini/ Jonas Wagell
tachini/ Jonas Wagell
Hay x Sonos
Kyukyodo [ incense ] × GamFratesi
Oh: we almost forgot to mention the peaceful incense in the shape of a dove!
By the time we saw a presentation smiling at us we had enough of it; and longed for the next trend in line: which we predict will be no-fun, black, shiny and hard: furniture with edges designed to look uncomfortable and nasty!
Of course there is ‘no-fun’ design to be found; but it’s not yet fully descended, style und trendwise. Also a more divers colorscheme than the ‘baby-pastels’ were presented: we just feel that this trend is the most found in ‘design-land’ for the longest time.
During Milan Design Week 2018 we were constantly confronted by Lavazza. We drank the actual coffee; at the Lavazza Tiny Bar by Toiletpaper in the Santa Teresa Library at the Brera design district, and at other locations. While drinking we were of course confronted by the merchandise itself and also; all across Milan city we saw the larger-than-life posters; many of them.
It has been a long time since we’ve felt we were in target-group. It used to happen all the time when we were younger, but nowadays there’s not so much stuff we have to buy, according to marketeers. Continue reading →
‘Apollo’ is a very Luxurious lounge or seating area. It is a bespoke designer piece, created by Timothy Oulton Studio. This ‘Barbarella-esque‘ Rakete/Rocket is quite the decadent design; nobody has to have any use for it.
Furthermore the interior of the rocket is made with the most expensive and over the top luxury materials such as natural semi-precious stone. You can imagine that we, at Mimi Berlin, found this to be a very comfortable retreat.