The use of natural materials continues to feature among the majority of brands exhibiting this year. Leather, marble and wood combinations were skillfully presented by brands such as Flexform, Flou, Poliform and Giellesse. Marble is crafted into soft shapes for side tables, leather is woven into textured ottomans and wood is scupltured into beautiful forms. Our first highlight is Giellesse's introduction of marble tables and glass finishes to an impressive 2015 collection. New dark veneers sit alongside soft burnished door frames for libraries and wardrobes.
Euroluce is the bi-annual lighting design event showcasing contemporary architectural lighting to ornate chandeliers from the world's old glass company. The advancement in technology and European laws on efficiency has driven companies to produce low-energy lighting that doesn't compromise the integrity of the light. The Foscarini stand displayed not only new lights, but exisiting iconic lights within the collection have now received the LED treatment - to great affect. We also saw Foscarini take their most popular lights and supersize them! Yet the second highlight was Vibia's installation of the Algorithm light. At a time where algorithms are driving programming, it's also creating beautiful lighting.
Every evening there are a host of events happening to celebrate the year's achievements and the launch of new products. Flos - the Italian lighting brand - entertained guests at Corso Monforte for cocktails to present an exclusive preview of Jasper Morrison's new monograph A Book of Things and his latest creation for Flos, the Superloon. Other highlights included the opening of Novamobili's flagship showroom in Milan.
Salone del Mobile isn't the only event happening during Milan Design Week. Events throughout the city are hosted in a variety of settings, from large scale industrial warehouses to underground car parks. Our fourth highlight had to be Ventura Lambrate. Students from around the work exhibit their work, including this featured piece by Simon Taylor and Andrew McDonald who celebrates bespoke British craftsmanship and cycling - a combination of both Modernist furniture and hand-built racing bicycles from the 1940s.
We have selected some of our favourite images from our week in Milan 2015