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Design is my Religion: Australian Furniture in Milan’s Sant’Ambrogio


Design is my Religion: Australian Furniture in Milan’s Sant’Ambrogio

Each time it is very hard to say what was the best exhibition of Milan Design Week. However, there are always some single exhibitions that make our hearts beat faster and make us think that a three-zeroes cost of a single piece of design is a reasonable price. Looking back at the MDW-2017 it is, no doubt, Local Design’s show in 5VIE design district located in the historical center of Milan that left one of the brightest memories of the week. A perfect location (what can be more Milanese than the iconic Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio?), a bold set-up (made of 8 000 white bricks to showcase 11 designers from Australia) and, above all, fresh and cool design ideas. Maybe simply this show meets my personal tastes. Or, more probable, these guys are actually genius! Among presented pieces there were Tom Fereday’s Jaenette Chair featuring sharp steal silhouette and Mito Light made of solid ash wood or white calacatta marble. The eye-catching loop-like Holo Light by Tom Skeehan in American oak and Hoshi Armchair in American oak and leather. And, of course circular and colorful Farfalla rug made of wool and bamboo, hand-tufted in NZ, and designed by Emma Elizabeth, the founder of the Local Design collective. The Local Design’s exhibition was held in Oratorio of the Basilica that created a perfect historical backdrop for this modern and minimal AU collection. An event which one more time proved that locked doors of Milan’s most exclusive location can be open only on the occasion of the Design Week.


Maria Novozhilova


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