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Milan Design Week 2021

Nature, craftmanship and soft pastels –  with strong sustainability manifestos

What is going on in the Supersalone in Milan? The world’s biggest annual design gathering just took place in Milan. We took a sneak peak what is going on in the Salone del Mobile – the furniture fair that is the key event during the Design week. Designs in focus celebrated nature, craftsmanship, soft pastels but with strong sustainability manifestos. According to Eclectic Trends, sustainability was the overriding message at the fair. Company manifestos like “Going greener”, “Second life”, “Renew our connection with nature” adorned the Salone’s walls and booths.

Kaarigari by Rashmi Bidasaria

Rashmi Bidararia encoded the movements of block printing artisans into a visual data – channelling their unique signature styles. The project pays homage to the craftsmen and their work in a beautiful execution.

Hypatia Project by Tair Almor

The Hypatia Project was born out of answers from 100 women about their body, nudity, pain and pleasure. From the sequence of answers from each woman, Tair Almor created a unique ceramic vase using modular molds, telling the story of each woman’s experience of the female body.

Seam of Skin by Chiaki Yoshihara

Interior and product designer Chiaki Yoshihara presented Seam of Skin, a furniture collection born from a unique process. Yoshihara has taken polystyrene foam and turned it into furniture with a wood grain-like texture and sheer pastel colours. For the chairs and stools, Yoshihara used polystyrene for its insulation properties together with actual wood, so heat doesn’t escape and the seating surface feels warm.

I’ll be your mirror by Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer and Elisa Ossino

I’ll Be Your Mirror is a colourful yet calm installation staged throughout a Milanese apartment, featuring contemporary frescoes, classic Scandinavian furniture and mirrored surfaces. The designers said:
“While the balance of material, colors and texture lay at the very surface of interior, we urge spectators to contemplateon their own significance and appearance within space and time.” 

The Venus power collection from Patricia Urquiola

Venus Power is a collection of rugs by Patricia Urquiola created for Italian design company cc-tapis. The collaboration between designer and maker explores the idea that all people, regardless of gender, carry a level of femininity within them, and encourages it to be embraced, listened to and accepted. The idea is expressed through the metaphor “We all come from Venus”.

 

 

From powerful paintings at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art to vibrant Copenhagen

Powerful paintings at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art! Adentity enjoyed an inspirational day together in Denmark, visiting the Swedish artist Mamma Andersson exhibition drawing inspiration from her colours and interpretation of Scandinavian nature and life. We also enjoyed some traditional Danish pastries and ate lunch by the glittering waters of Öresund. Then Copenhagen welcomed us at the end of the day with a vibrant city feeling as Denmark opened up lifting all remaining Covid restrictions. A day filled with inspiration, energy and joy!

Our first stop – a traditional Danish Bakery in Humlebæk

After jumping off the train in Humlebæk, we made our first stop at a traditional bakery nearby the train station to enjoy some Danish pastries. It was a great start to sit outside in the warm morning sun whilst enjoying coffee and pastries.

The glittering waters of Öresund

Below the edge of the museum lies the beautiful waters of Öresund. When looking out over the water’s edge we spotted an arty jetty made of concrete and wood. The Louisiana surroundings interact harmoniously with the art inside it, creating a perfect place to gather inspiration.

The Swedish artist Mamma Andersson inspires with nature

We visited the exhibition of the Swedish artist Karin Mamma Andersson (Born 1962 in Luleå). She ranks as one of the most important painters of her generation. Classical painting is at the heart of Mamma Andersson’s work, however, Mamma Andersson has developed a personal take on the classical genres of painting, by using a sharp sense of mood, colour, and materials. Still lifes, interiors and landscapes are at the centre of her creations, made with powerful colours and a distinctive rawness. She works with layers and combinations of materials, which creates richness and depth. There are also small stories and references hidden in the paintings which create interest and something unexpected for the viewer. The exhibition is a mix of new pieces made especially for the occasion, and gathered artwork from different places around the world, for instance The Little Sister II, that is displayed in Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Für Elise (2016) and About a girl (2005)

Copenhagen – A day when everything opened up

We then headed for Copenhagen by train. It was a sunny and vibrant Copenhagen that welcomed us with a hubbub of movement and people on the go. We started with drinks at the historical and colourful Gråbrødretorv that dates back to the 13th century. The square provided a great atmosphere and feelings of joy as this was the day Denmark opened up after lifting the Covid-19 restrictions. You can read more about Louisiana and the exhibitions here.