Thursday, 30 March 2017

On the Milan Design Week trail

It's that time of year again when Milan Design Week is about to fill up your social media channels. While Scandinavian interiors have been ruling the d├ęcor scene at the majority of the Europe design shows could their crown be toppled in Milan? Milan always brings the unexpected and usually a fair bit of bonkers.

Seen as the pinnacle of the design calendar in a city-wide festival Milan Design Week is a force to be reckoned with. With thousands of events, hundreds of parties and more installations than you can count, I am guaranteed to do an awful lot of walking and a helluva lot of talking. I am super excited though to be going and can't wait to get there. I'll be covering the show for other people too so keep an eye on their social channels as well as my Instagram. You'll spot me on Modenus, The Editor at Large and Interior Design Magazine.

It's a loose kind of schedule (of sorts) as I've been too busy to drill down to the nitty gritty this year. Thank God for the Camron PR briefing at BB Italia this week as it gave me a steer to start with. So before I'm even boots on the ground, what's taking my fancy to see in person? 

It goes without saying that I'll be at Salone del Mobile. This year the focus will be Euroluce - the lighting exhibition and I have plenty of work covering that. Plus as you know I'm addicted to lighting (and chairs, and wallpaper...) so I'm very excited about it. I'll also be stopping by the Salone Satelite exhibition which is the springboard for young designers. This is its 20th year and the curating is sure to be en pointe. 
The brand new space of Ventura Centrale is going to be a definite stop for me. Looking forward to seeing the new venue and also some of the exhibitors like Lee Broom and Salviati & Luca Nichetto installation. It's Lee Broom's 10th anniversary and I'm sure will be an absolute must visit in Milan.

I'll be attending the press breakfast at Multiplex by Tom Dixon and looking forward to seeing my friend Emily Johnson of 1882Ltd who is showing there. The building itself is a show stopper so bound to take up much space in my instagram feed. 

I enjoyed last years Caesaestone installation and this years is by legendary designer Jaime Hayon. I'm hoping that the Stone Age installation at Palazzo Serbelloni will be as playful as Hayon's other designs.

Dimore Studio, Nilufar gallery, Superdesign, Moooi, Mini Living, Tokujin Yoshioka, Tortona district, Brera district, and hopefully 5vie district too are all "targets" of mine. How many of them I actually achieve all depends on time (and energy, although coffee will help) and not being tempted into other beautiful spaces along the way.

No trip to Milan though, is complete without a stop in at Milanese Design power broker Rossana Orlandi's Gallery.  Orlandi is a cult figure in Milan for championing young designers and having the most eclectic sprawling gallery space of connecting rooms. The courtyard cafe is always a welcome relief too. 

So please stick around for the journey and follow along on my Instagram account - lets see what I manage to find and what I fall in love with.


Friday, 17 March 2017

My Week in Instagram #3: Colour & Concrete

So the sun, at last, has popped its cheery head out and said hello this week and boy am I thankful. Living by the coast though means that for every day with sunshine there is an equal and opposite day of sea fog.  The temperature difference is playing havoc with my wardrobe. One minute thickish coat and scarf and the next a t-shirt (and lugging heavy cumbersome coat around!)

I managed to slip two little-known facts about me into two Instagram posts this week. It surprising when you share something personal how the response gives you the "phew, not just me then" feeling. It's one of the great community effects of Instagram that I am enjoying so much, the chatting with people you havent yet met and having a "me too" moment.

On Tuesday I spent the day at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre and the Kings Road looking at all the lovely new lines being launch at London Design week. If you were following along on my IGStories you'll have seen lots of fabric, tiles, furniture and some fantastic wallpapers.

I've been busy working on a social media strategy for a brand here in Brighton and so haven't been as dedicated to my beach walks which I am missing terribly. I must carve out the time for this as it really does seem to keep on an even keel. It's an easy trap to fall into but I must find the time and relegate the house chores if necessary to make it happen - hurray!

I hope the sunshine stays.


Friday, 10 March 2017

6 of my Favourite finds from Ambiente Frankfurt

While I can't say that I've been to more trade shows than I've had hot dinners I can say that I'm a fully paid-up trade show veteran. So far this year I've been to four and we haven't even hit March's shows yet. A couple of weeks ago I made my maiden voyage to Ambiente in Frankfurt a B2B consumer goods show with an emphasis on living, giving and dining.  
I had three days scheduled for the show and honestly, I thought that would be plenty. In reality, I didn't see more than half.  I have a game plan I follow for new shows - research the exhibitors before I go so I can see the ones I'm really interested in, target the contemporary interiors section first and then retreat to the press room - if available - and ask the press team what I shouldn't miss. While I followed my own advice the sheer volume of exhibitors and my own curiosity conspired to derail me. 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

My Week in Instagram #2: Trade shows

I'm calling this #2 but in reality its actually 4 weeks since I started this series, as I got waylaid with being out of the country and then having the lurgey.  The bug still persists but I am at least back shuttling between Brighton and London again. It's tough doing the commute at the moment as the joy of British Rail is that it doesn't work if its wet, windy, too cold or too hot.  Then throw into the mix strikes and its a hot mess really.

But March has arrived. The sun will be shining more and the days will begin to get longer. What am I thinking it'll most likely be wet, wet, wet. Still though, it is March and the year is rapidly slipping through my fingers.  Next month I'll be off to Italy to Milan and Turin and also to Paris so that's all rather exciting. 
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