Each design week and global design fair holds different expectations and characteristics. Milan Design Week, the mother of all global design weeks, makes us burn with anticipation not only to discover all of the new designers, collections and pieces but to be WOWed by the conceptual immersive environments and installations.
We saw thousands of design pieces during Milan Design Week - there were, however, a number of pieces and collections which we could not get out of our mind. This year we discovered an upcoming trend of iridescent finishes, functional sculptures, and form following process. We put a few of those favourite design gems here below !
After digesting all of the incredible installations, pieces, designers, and concepts we discovered during that epic week in April, we came to the conclusion that there were too many gems for one article. Follow along in a four-part series of the best of Milan Design Week 2018 below !
We sat down with the founders to come up with a must-see list of exhibits here in Milan for the Design Week. Have a look at our picks below and check in on The Design Release's mobile website this week to see where all events are taking place and when.
How does a country so small, churn out more creative ideas and talent per capita than groups of larger countries combined? Have a look at our Design Guide to Iceland
So many countries, so many design weeks and so little time. Thankfully for you, we shortlisted a few very promising events, festivals and design fairs coming up next month in the design world from Singapore to Iceland.
Between the bright neon lights, gritty artsy neighbourhoods in Seoul such as Itaewon and Seongdonggu, the outgoing and hospitable vibes from the local people - Seoul has quickly become one of the most inspiring creative capital cities globally. I wanted to highlight a few of game-changing creatives coming out of Seoul at the moment, locally grown lifestyle brands by young entrepreneurs and some of my favourite spots to check out when I am in town.
Ezra grew up in Tel Aviv to two hardworking parents perhaps poor in material wealth but rich in good taste in minimalistic design. He loves everything about sleek and simple Scandinavian forms but prefers when he can find them with a touch of unexpected color. Thanks to his success he is excited to finally spoil his lovable parents this year with a few Minimalistic design pieces.
Have a look at what this Israeli Minimalist hopes to get one of these 8 nights of Hannukah this year.
Marie-Alexandra was the hippest bourgeois Parisian babe you have ever met. Despite growing up quite wealthy, in a Hôtel Particulier in the 16th arrondissement - this true blue daydreamer threw it all to the wind to start her own company and spend weekends in Biarritz with her surfer boyfriend.
We're excited to see where the French tax payers money is going this year in this day dreamer, Marie-Alexandra's Holiday Wishlist.
Julieth del Castillo was a fourteenth generation Spanish 'Condesa' whose family emigrated to Colombia in the 1600's. A modern day Condesa, she preferred earning her money making business deals, from bed, on her smartphone to touching her inheritance.
Have a look at what this business savvy and luxurious Colombian Condesa wants for the Holidays this year...
Ólafur is a Michelin star chef with a restaurant in Reykjavik, Iceland. I know what you're thinking - dried herring, hotdogs and cured shark ... doesn't make me want to hop on a flight to Reykjavik for dinner. For those who are still not convinced, there is something about Ólafur which is almost as impressive as his creativity in the kitchen - his taste in kitchenware.
Have a look at what is on this Michelin Star Chef's Holiday Wishlist this year...
Quentin and April are New York's coolest young power couple. They spend every spare moment traveling the globe, discovering the best up and coming artists to curate in their New York based shop. They only purchase limited edition items and have a huge collection of Fine Art Prints.
Have a look at what this New York Power Couple want to curate for their home this holiday.
Eve grew up outside of Vancouver to a Japanese father and a Canadian mother. Her parents owned an organic textiles manufacturer and raised her to appreciate high quality organic goods. They spent most weekends hiking and taking advantage of the inspiring and wild nature surrounding them.
See what eco friendly, high quality natural goods Eve has on her holiday list this year.
Ciarán is an architect and self proclaimed philosopher hailing from Dublin, Ireland. He has an obsession with DDR Germany, Bauhaus architecture and like most of his Irish comrades, the perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
This Christmas he has a few things he would love to add to his Georgian styled townhouse on Merrion Square this year.
Rae, a fine artist, is the opposite of a tortured painter. She grew up in an jovial and affluent African American family in New Orleans and has an sunny optimism not often associated with the stereotype of the struggling emerging artist.
She plans on hosting her annual 'Artists Secret Santa' this year and here are a few of the pieces of her friends she hopes to get her hands on.
Harlow and Jack own a Photo Production Company in Cape Town, South Africa. If you've ever met a photo producer then you know, you don't leave the office before 11pm and oftentimes find yourself on set at the crack of dawn to get the good light.
Have a look at some of the office goodies that Harlow and Jack plan to spoil themselves, I mean each other, with this year.
Avid print magazine devourer, 1970's brass, curves, bold colored velvet junkie and futuristic design advocate - Freja, Copenhagen's 'It-Girl' (although she would HATE to be called that) has perfect taste in everything.
Have a look at what this Danish Tastemaker put on her Holiday Wishlist this year!