Gabby Deeming, Creative Director (Interiors)

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‘Mesh Embroidered Hanging Lamp’ by Apparatus Studio

According to Ruth’s pedometer, we walked thirty miles around Milan this year (down from thirty three in 2018) in search of beauty, innovation and excitement - from collections shown in private apartments to installations in churches, palazzos and gymnasiums, my favourite discoveries are as follows. The interior design of a beautiful eighteenth-century apartment called ‘Perfect Darkness’ realised by Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer of Danish company File Under Pop and Sicilian designer and architect Elisa Ossino was so chic and fun. I now long for their kitchen, clad from top to toe in solid colours of ceramic tiles from File Under Pop, it felt modern and playful and much cooler than any kitchen I’ve seen in a while.

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‘Halo Up - A Personal Sun’ by Mandalaki

Over at Rossanna Orlandi, I was mesmerised by ‘Halo Up - A Personal Sun’. It reminded me of Olafur Elisson’s luminous ‘Rising Sun’ in Tate Modern’s turbine hall back in 2003. Designed by Milan based studio Mandalaki, this clever projector can transform a bare interior wall by projecting its vibrant orange/red halo onto it. My third design is a new light from the ever-desirable Apparatus Studio. This year their charmingly tiny and low-lit showroom felt ever more cocoon like with its walls and floors covered in moss green carpet and the voice of Maria Callas singing ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ making the whole experience rather exquisite. Centre stage was their new collection ‘Interlude’; limited edition pieces designed for an imaginary modernist concert hall. I fell for the hand-embroidered ‘Mesh Embroidered Hanging Lamp’(top), completely beautiful, an edition of just sixteen and a mere snip at $68,000!

David Nicholls, Deputy Editor

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Map 1 wall lights by Eric de Dormael

What a week of extremes – and where to begin? There’s never a shortage of serious and ultra-smart Italian design, and this year the best for me included Flexform’s first foray into outdoor furniture, the behemoth Ava table by Foster & Partners for Molteni & C, and Poliform’s expanded Gentleman collection by Marcel Wanders. The biennial Euroluce exhibition meant there was some great lighting around. I loved some of the new designs by the French firm DCW Editions, particularly the Brutalist looking Map 1 wall lights by Eric de Dormael. One of my happiest discoveries was the Belgian company Atelier Vierkant whose handsome, plus-size clay pots were an earthy and welcome addition to the proliferation of glitz. So too was the new Backstitch series of hand embroidered rugs by Raw Edges for GAN.

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Bethan Gray with Nature Squared

Finally, with sustainability being the message that permeated the entirety of Milan Design Week, here’s a shout out to Bethan Gray for her collaboration with Nature Squared which saw furniture made using seashells and feathers left over from the fishing and meat industries.

Ruth Sleightholme, Deputy Decoration Director

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Oddness

The year the focus was very much on how people have used existing materials in a new way, developed new materials, or prioritised recycled substances in their designs. From Rosanna Orlandi's theme of Guiltless Plastic and Cos' starch vinegar and Douglas fir 'plastic', to Bethan Gray and NatureSquared's furniture made from natural waste products, or 'Hacker' decorative inlaid marble vases made from scrappy offcuts, it seems like no one wants to design anything that is made from a 'new' material. It can only be a big step in the right direction, and the creativity is inspiring.

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Conifera, for Cos by Arthur Mamou-Mani

There was fun, witty and experimental use of materials from young Dutch duo Oddness. They blew bubbles to decorate ceramics, compressed coloured tinfoil to make candlesticks and blew air into plastics to make lights! Conifera was a very beautiful installation for Cos by Arthur Mamou-Mani which is the biggest 3D printed sculpture yet. It sprawls from the front gate and into the courtyard using 700 pyramid or cone-shaped building blocks made of a light, mesh-like 3D printed substance made of a combination of starch vinegar and Douglas fir. Airy, beautiful, light. Very much what you feel like architecture of the future might look like.

The best of Salone Del Mobile 2019