Dutch brand DROOG was inspired by the collection of the Rijksmuseum for their concept Rijksstudio m2. In this palazzo they created a minimalistic environment where the old masters meet contemporary design, with lots of black and white, topped with a playful shot of greens.
In the San Gregorio district, WALLPAPER magazine together with Leclettico hosted the exhibition Wallpaper* Handmade, showing specially commissioned objects, furniture, food, fashion and more by a collection of designers, artists, craftsmen and manufacturers.
To support and stimulate Belgian talent, Design Flanders, MAD Brussels and Wallonie- Bruxelles Design Mode joined forces under the header Belgium is Design. At La TRIENNALE di Milano they showed Reflections, featuring mirrors in all shapes and forms and using reflective surfaces to create ingenious play. They showed pieces by Jean- François D’Or, Nathalie Dewez, Stefan Schöning, Linde Hermans, Delvaux and many many more.
At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, located in a former tie factory, is a space dedicated to limited editions and unique pieces. In this two-story building around a lush green courtyard, you can find a vast collection of contemporary and vintage furniture. During Design Week, Rossanna Orlandi curated the exhibition Untold, showing a combination of pieces by new and known brands who showed their collections, like Piet Hein Eek, Astier de Villatte and Marimekko, who celebrated the 50th birthday of the Unikko print. But you could also find the graduates of Stockholm’s KONSTFACK or younger brands like collection III by NIKA ZUPANC for Sé, Something Good and new designs from SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS for J.Hill and for Luce di Carrara.
KVADRAT not only presented new textile designs by Raf Simons and the Bouroullec brothers in Milan, but they also hosted the exhibition Kvadrat Divina: every colour is divine. Twenty-two international designers were asked to reinterpret the felt-like Divina fabric created by Danish artist Finn Sködt and give it a contemporary twist. Designers like Muller Van Severen, Martino Gamper, Werner Aisslinger, Robert Stadler … participated in this unique exhibition celebrating the iconic textiles.
Dwell magazine presented the ongoing Man Made project of the American designer STEPHAN BURKS and his collaborations with The White Briefs, Calligaris, Roche Bobois … Burks mixes artisanal techniques with industrial production. With his Man Made projects he wants to bridge the gap between authentic developing-world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design.