The Best of Milan Design Week

By Shannon Brien

James Mair is the founder and director of Viaduct, a quality furniture brand dedicated to original designs that show integrity and vision. After years of working as an interior architect, his interest in furniture design led him to create Viaduct to sell British designs overseas.

Milan Design week showcases designs from all over the world, and James Mair has given .Cent Magazine his top picks from the design fair.

The David Chipperfield collection for e15 is reminiscent of Japan, emitting notes of purity, elegance. This collection takes us back to basics, with memories of farm kitchens and good meals.


Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra, the Belleville Chair is a very elegant chair suitable for all markets in its different guises.


Arper’s solution for an office chair is the Kinesit, deceptively simple but extremly functional and the perfect addition to any office.

Kinesit chair_Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper

A well thought out solution and a great addition to the Knoll Studio collection is the Pilot chair by Barber and Osgerby, a reference to the classic wink chair.

Pilot chair by Barber and Osgerby for Knoll

Jasper Morrison has created a simple, elegant, sustainable chair that is comfortable and practical. The Alfi chair was created for Emeco.

Alfi chair by Jasper Morrison for Emeco

The Superloon light for Flos by Jasper Morrision embraces lighting technology to provide a minimal sculptural solution. 

Superloon light_JasperMorrison for Flos

Moooi’s Shift Lounge chair is welcoming and friendly and the new wire Coppelia light by Arihiro Miyake for Moooi is a delicate, elegant chandelier.

Shift lounge chair by Jonas Forsman for Moooi

Coppelia by Arihiro Miyaki for Moooi

The Satellite is a place at Salone Del Mobile where up and coming designers can showcase their products. Daisuke Kitagawa is one new designer that has made an impact with his Element series.

Struct chair by Daisuke Kitagawa at SaloneSatellite

Aalto University, Finland made a great impact at Satellite with their elegant and simple dislay that more established exhibitors should take note of.

Aalto University, Finland, Dept of Design_at SaloneSatellite_1

Aalto University, Finland, Dept of Design_at SaloneSatellite_2

Nendo are so prolific at the moment, they have a mixture of minimalism and humour which is always an appealing design concept. The Glas Italia desk or any of the glass cabinets were standouts during design week.

Slide by Nendo for Glas Italia

“And last but not least Palazzo Litta; this year, more than ever, seemed to be a Palazzo year!”

Palazzo Litta_Milan


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