We started early to tackle what many would consider the main event of Milan Design Week, Salone del Mobile, on the outskirts of the city to the North West. Vast in scale, it attracts some 300,000 visitors over six days and is very much the place for doing serious business.

Business business business at Milan Design Week

Salone featured by far and away the most impressive, ambitious stand builds we’ve encountered yet – double decker, glass-fronted, VIP desks, meeting rooms, chandeliers, bars, water features – all being typical features as luxury brands and leading design studios competed to grab the attention of passing trade and discerning journalists.

Dream bed - found at Milan Design Week

Lighting at Milan Design Week

Hotel exterior and interior design at Milan Design Week

Kitchen design at Milan Design WeekKitchen and lighting design at Milan Design Week

For us the main attraction of this massive event was Salone Satellite, an area that provides a highly visible platform for emerging designers, collectives and universities. A breath of fresh air from the elaborate stand builds and (dare we say it) repetitiveness of the main Salone, presentation styles here were simple, clean and all about the products:

Emerging design - Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

UMU design from Japan

Emerging design - Salone Satellite at Milan Design WeekEmerging design - Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

Orla Reynolds‘ nifty ‘As if from Nowhere’ concealed furniture solution and fabrics by Danish manufacturer Kvadrat.

Emerging design - Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

Black pottery lighting by Mexican designer David Pompa

Emerging design - Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

‘Divide’ table by Elina Ulvio from Finland.

Emerging design - Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

‘FRAM3’ copper table by Anna Weber

Emerging design - Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

‘Aava’ lamp by Laura Väre from Finland.

Emerging design - Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

‘New Materials, New Future’ tactile sample wall featuring cutting edge fabrics, materials and innovative textiles and surfaces.

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