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Milan Design Week 2017 Highlights In Pictures

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Charlotte Luxford
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 11 April 2017

As always, there’s so much to see during Milan Design Week, but here are a few highlights that grabbed attention across the city during the show…

‘Design for Children’ at Triennale Design Museum

Kids and adults alike loved the ‘Giro Giro Tondo’ exhibition – an immersive experience that indulged both adult nostalgia and children’s hands-on approach as there was plenty to play with, including giant statues of iconic toys and a fun LEGO wall. Probably the best element of all – and certainly the most Instagrammed during the show – was the entrance to the exhibition itself…

Indulging my inner child at the #girogirotondo design for children exhibition at #latriennale #milandesignweek2017

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COS x Studio Swine’s ‘New Spring’

Another playful design was the multi-sensory COS x Studio Swine ‘New Spring’ sculpture – a tree that ‘blossoms’ bubbles from its branches, which visitors could then catch with gloves as they dropped.

Catching bubbles at COS X Studio Swine… 😍 #salonedelmobile2017 #milandesignweek2017 #design

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Ron Arad’s ‘Spyre’ at Statale

Each year the cloisters of the Universita Degli Studi (known locally as simply Statale) are jam-packed full of exciting installations and this year was no different. One of the key highlights was Ron Arad’s Corten steel sculpture that interacts with the space like a living creature as it twists and turns. Other installations on display in the quad included Benchmark and AHEC’s ‘Too Good to Waste’ and Bjarke Ingels’ ‘Quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ installation made by Artemide.

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Jaime Hayon’s ‘Stone Age Folk’ for Caesarstone

Famous Spanish designer Jaime Hayon created a whimsical installation of tribal masks, playful carousels and his signature clown faces. The kaleidoscopic-style display showcased the quartz stone as a precious material, mimicking traditional marquetry methods but engineered in a very 21st-century way for a fresh look.

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Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Tucked away in a residential area of Milan is the must-know design destination of Spazio Rossana Orlandi, which is a delightful treasure trove of unexpected and unique pieces. From Germans Ermics’ ‘Ombre’ glass chair to Yukiko Nagai’s beautiful furniture designs with inlaid mosaic details, there was plenty on offer to suit every taste.

Time Machine carousel by Lee Broom

Lee Broom celebrated a decade of design in style with his installation in the cool new Ventura Centrale district. He described it as a ‘dramatic and modernist interpretation of a fairground carousel’ that showcases an edit of his best pieces from his 10-year career.

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