Garden of Earthly Delights @ Rossana Orlandi, Milan!

"Tentlamps" Lotty Lindeman


Bronze Sculpture by Nacho Carbonell


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"Bamboo Bench" Gal Ben Arav


"Cook Collection" Roberto Moro


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"38 Collection" Bocci Lighting


"Hanging On" Hoda Baroudi & Maria  Hibri for Bokja


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Color, as it happens, by chance .... in the garden!!!!


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Antique lockers that have been in the garden forever!!!
Rossana Orlandi is the "High Priestess" of Design!!!!

Her eponymous store is where it all begins to percolate in Milan  ....
A first stop during Milan's Salone del Mobile,
whether old stand-bys or fresh talent ....
the international design community pays strict attention 
to whatever & whoever she exhibits!!!

And it all starts when you walk into "the garden" .... 
the heart of the exhibition!!!

Vitra's Maharam Polder Featured @ Jil Sander, Milan!

Renown Dutch "createur supreme"
designed the 
Polder Sofa for Vitra in 2005 ....
& has created this divine version of the
Polder for Milan's

Currently on exhibition at the Jil Sander store in Milan,
the Maharam Polder by Vitra by Jongerius 
is an abstract composition of colors, patterns, & textures
created by combining six Maharam textiles ......
Borders and Layers, a Jongerius design
 made in collaboration with Maharam, 
Exaggerated Plaid designed by Paul Smith
and Kvadrat's iconic Hallingdal #65.

The sofa is a limited edition of 100 pieces ......
And I hope that one of these spectacular "accessorations"
is already on is way to me in NYC!!!!

Milan's Tastiest "Accessoration" ... Edible Furniture!!!

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Sapore del Mobili (furniture tasting)
is the result of a chance meeting in Milan of two young designers,
Ryosuke Fukusada (Japan) & Rui Pereira (Portugal).

The project is a statement about the size of the contemporary
furniture industry & the "consumer's inability to digest" 
the amount of product that is launched every year 
at Milan's Salone del Mobile.

The designers created these "furniture pans" to bake 
small Japanese cakes "baby castella" with 
Portugese egg based pastry "ovos moles."

Creating your own "edible furniture" ...
chairs, tables, lamps, cabinets, vases, etc ...
& decorating the pieces with a choice of toppings ...
makes "digestion" of new furniture easier!!!

And when you get tired of these pieces ...
you can "eat'em up" and start again!!!

This blend of my two favorite "accessorations" is sublime ...
& a very, very thought provoking idea!!!

Yummie too!!!

Mario Bellini's Designs for Venini Spanning a Decade!!!

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SOGNI INFRANTI, 1992 Mario Bellini


CHIMERE work in progress, 2012 Mario Bellini


I love the vibrancy & grace of blown glass 
and was once again enchanted by 
exhibition during Milan Design Week.
(see blog 4/21/11)

It was held at the divine Museo Bagatti Valsecchi,
a stunning "house museum" on Via Gesu,
in the middle of Milan's shopping mecca,
between Via Monte Napoleone & Via Spiga!!!      

Titled "The White Collection," 
this extraordinary selection of "glass art" includes 
renown international designers,
including Japanese architect Tadao Ando
Italian designer Alessandro Mendini,
and English designers Barber & Osgerby
who most recently designed the 2012 Olympic Torch.

I was most captivated by the two collections, 
created 10 years apart, by Italian designer & architect

All six pieces are sublime ....
the over-the-top whimsey & color in the earlier series 
is a revered "accessoration supreme," 
while  the more minimal, sculptural shapes & colors of 2012 
 have a more contemporary feeling.

I can't make a "must-have" decision ....
& would be equally thrilled 
by anyone of these pieces
"accessorating" my living room!!!

Exhausted Visitors @ Milan Fair Know What To Do!!!

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Everyone needs a "time-out" ....
even visitors to Milan's  

What could be better than this whimsical, colorful, squishy,
"cocoonish" sofa!!!

Great for napping, texting, phoning or just thinking!!!
Italian design at it's best!!!

Bet these divine creatures won't be at next month's ICFF ....
too bad!!!!!