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Milano Design Week

Designer James Treble at Salone del Mobile, Milano

Milano Salone Del Mobile [The International Furniture and Design Fair] is always an inspiring and unique experience, year after year attracting about 350,000 international visitors in 6 days. During Design Week 2017, Milan became the capital of the World for Furniture and Design once again, attracting makers, sellers and buyers from around the globe. Beautiful furniture was on show, from classic and new to contemporary and daring new designs, technological innovations and precious materials... Then there was the Fuori Salone [Outside The Fair], which, running at the same time every year, complemented the fair with 1,500 events in 13 separate precincts around the city, showcasing more innovation in furniture and décor. All around Milan furniture companies collaborated with renowned international artists to create stunning displays of contemporary art. And did I mention the cocktail parties and the amazing food?

At Bisazza's launch of Greg Natale new designs

At Bisazza's launch of Greg Natale new designs

It was only when back on the plane, stopping for the first time in more than a week, that I could finally catch my breath. I was happy, excited and, yes, exhausted! Surely you must feel sorry for me [wink].

Walking around the many exciting displays, what ultimately stood out was the clear intention to create furniture which is made to last, in both quality and taste. See below some points relevant to you, with images I took myself during Milano Design Week 2017.

1) Invest in Quality Materials:

Boffi showroom in Via Solferino, Milan

photo from Boffi Solferino

In a world of affordable and flat-pack furniture, at the Salone marble, leather and velvets shone like the sun. Using materials as precious as these, both visual and tactile, the message was clear: this is furniture made to last. Expensive? Well... no, if we compare it with how much money we waste in furniture that only lasts a year or two.

2) Choose Elegance That Lasts:

Poltrona Frau stand at Salone del Mobile

photo from Poltrona Frau