Next to many round and friendly interior design we also noticed some cubist inspired decor. Not that much, but we feel it could well be the next trend. It almost has to be, because all the ‘Barbapapa’ furniture design you can think of has already been made, for a couple of seasons, by all brands at this point.
Carpet / Moroso
Mural / Lammhults. The bright pastel color-scheme of this interior didn’t suit the other images so we made it in black and white.
Motorcycle / De Castelli
These four are the most evident examples of design, leaning towards Cubist shapes: Carpet from Moroso/ Mural by Siri Carlén for Lammhults / Motorcycle Samotracia Mario Trimarchi for De Castelli / Mirror from ClassiCon.
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
The ‘Muro delle Bambole’ is a protest, or a way to highlight violence towards/killing of women: that’s femicide in one word. The Wall of Dolls Milan can be found outside, in the Via De Amicis 2. It’s a very grim and gloomy installation of a collection, with maybe hunderds of dolls: tattered, dirty and grey (because they’ve been outside since 2015) they hang from a metal rack.
Amongst the dolls are posters which explain what you’re looking at, images of women who died and also some dried out flowers. So we guess it became a monument as well to remember the female victims of (domestic) violence.
The initator of these walls, which are scattered througout Italy, is Italian TV host Jo Squillo, she works with the organization ‘WeWorld’ in Italy. Continue reading →
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)
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.