Apr 18, 2017
Handmade Highlights Milan 2017
From praying to playing
Craftscurator travelled to Milan and saw designers taking a playful approach to creating new products, with interesting textures, and made of innovative materials. Objects rather than products in fact; many with symbolic meaning. Here are Craftscurator’s Handmade Highlights:
Marni made everyone smile and find their inner child by creating a playground in Milan. A massive amount of coloured sand served as a backdrop for their new collection of chairs and home accessories, handmade by a group of women in Colombia.
Sebastian Herkner has also worked with craftsmen in Colombia for Ames, also with playful and colourful results. His signature style is also visible in the collection he designed for Moroso, a brand that is also still happy to play around with bold colours and weaving effects, as seen in their Salone stand.
With so many presentations taking place in churches and monasteries in Milan, it was hard not to feel the divine inspiration the designers had when creating their new products. Or should I say objects, because many of the presentations included talismans, symbolic items and personal ‘objets de curiosité’.
IN Residence asked 46 designers to create a talisman. One of our favorites was from Sabine Marcelis, a designer who does not only design lighting, but is also in the spotlights, since her works were shown in 9 different locations in Milan this year.
It was also good to see Wallpaper declaring handmade ‘holy’ and stepping away from the bling designs of the recent years. Tom Dixon designed a paper- maché sarcophagus, Tino Seubert a water font, and Bloc Studios a set to burn incense and oil. Formafantasma saw the light and explored new lighting concepts, with beautiful results.
Texture and matter
Lots of interesting handmade textiles could be found in Milan this year. Out with that old sheepskin, I would say, bring in the pom pom rug by Lio de Bruin for Karpeta, or the raw and textured rugs by Faye TooGood for cc-tapis.
Interesting textures, patterns and material innovation was done by the Envisions collective, using material from Spanish MDF brand Finsa. Not only a spectacular presentation, but also in-depth research into the production process.
Impressive sustainable innovation was done by Really, a newly launched sustainable brand, part owned by Kvadrat. They developed a hardboard material made of recycled fabric. Max Lamb and Christien Meindertsma had the honors to make a first range of products out of the newly developed material.