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More than a moment in Milan – Salone Internazionale Del Mobile for beginners – part one.


Modenus Tim is packing his new Gresham Blake suit, counting his Euros, and heading off to Milan. He is as excited as we are  jealous but looking forward to some entertaining interior design blogs. But what is he expecting to see? We’ve been highlighting our picks from the main show but there is a lot more to Milan than the Salone. We had a sneaky look at Tim’s diary – here are some of the places he hopes to be.

First stop will be Molteni the French maker of luxury stoves which are veritable altars of the art of cooking and entertaining. Many of them are roughly the size of Tim’s kitchen so we can expect plans for buying next door and knocking through when he has seen a few of these. When he saw the pictures he was completely speechless. Expect to see him fondly stroking some spectacular kitchen equipment in Pavilion 20.

Unifor  office

Unifor is the offshoot of Molteni & C. that makes furniture for the home and for the office you wished you worked in. Its light, bright very modern chairs, desks sofas and more build the sort of environment in which the most miserable colleague would be inspired to smile and create. Head for Pavilion 22 Tim.



Nodus & Windfall are collaborating to present ‘Innovating Tradition’ at the Fuorisalone. Windfall make extraordinary crystal chandeliers, Nodus make rugs which are just as unexpected and beautifully crafted. The beautiful light is Leaf 100 and the rug is Falling leaves. Expect to find our intrepid traveler not knowing whether to look up or down at Showroom Il Piccolo at via Delio Tessa. And knowing him he will be heading for the opening party on Monday night. So how many parties is that so far?


Tom Dixon was never likely to simply exhibit his work.Rather he has created Multiplex which we hope Tim will find in a new venue, Officine Stendhal in Via E. Stendhal, a pop-up viewing theatre, broadcasting centre, restaurant, shop and gallery, where, we are promised, we  can explore his multifaceted world. As part of his Multiplex Tom Dixon is bringing Milan his Parliament Restaurant and Tea Room from which the talented Stevie Parle from his Portobello Dock Kitchen will be serving traditional British tea and scones made with  Sicilian strawberry jam and Vietnamese jasmine and gold tip Assam tea, of course. All served from quintessentially British silver teapots. Well it should make a change from all that Campari. Press Preview on Monday 3 – 7. This isn’t all going to be possible, is it?


Underlined twice with “Don’t Miss” written next to it, looks like Tim is keen to catch the GROHE’s press preview on Monday afternoon  at Via Tortona. They have been innovating Bathroom and Kitchen plumbing since the 1930′s and experience tells us that their exhibition stands are always unmissable.


We have been fans of David Trubridge, the Geordie boat designer who taught himself furniture design, fell in love, took himself off to New Zealand, sold up to sail around the word and in the process, developed a distinctive style, sympathetic with the environment and transcending fashion. We’ve blogged about him before and Tim is hoping to meet one of our favourite artists and designers at their press preview on Monday at Via Tortona.

David is exhibiting Dream Space, a structure which can serve as an internal ‘break-out’ space for quiet contemplation, an external gazebo as a garden sanctuary, or a light-weight frame for an attractive shelter.  Seed system is also something we want to see. David identified freight as an area of significant environmental impact for his work and has created a range which is assembled on site.

Light by Aqua Creations

Also on Monday afternoon, but also in Via Tortona,  Aqua Creations are showing off their new collection. Their lights have always put us in mind of the plants we like to imagine flourishing on the ocean floor. Is that the inspiration of their gentle, organic forms. Lets hope Tim comes back with some answers.

So where else? See Part Two for a little more about Design Junction who have an unmissable collection including Roll and Hill, Innermost, AnglePoise, Modus, Timorous Beasties and others all in Via Savona – press launch Monday 3 – 8.  Also see part two for our good friends at Skitsch, Established and Sons at the Versace Theater in Piazza Vetra who are always worth seeing, the Moooi Showroom in Via Tortona, guaranteed to further raise the spirits and Designersblock who have more interesting designers than you could shake an espresso at. Designers Block are at Light Space on Via Privata Oslavia 8 but sadly, by the time they start serving cocktails on Wednesday evening Tim will be heading back to Brighton with sore feet, lots of pictures and, we hope, stories galore. Ciao for now!

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    2 can’t miss modern lighting stops: Arturo Alvarez has a press event on the 14th at 2:30 pm (Hall Hall11-C37) http://blog.arturo-alvarez.com/en/ and Fambuena, Pavilion 15-C34). We hope you’ll stop by.


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