Everything the ELLE DECOR editors loved

Silvia Rivoltelle

Aaaand we are back. Last week, Milan Design Week came back to life after nearly two years of delays and pared-down installations. Our editors have reviewed everything new from afar, from the sprawling pavilions of the Salone del Mobile to the city’s more intimate gallery exhibits. Here we’ve selected our personal bestsellers, from insect-inspired furniture to a huge pink stone tub. Which is your favourite?

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Why now? by M. Lawrence and Tacchini for Spotti

I loved the different paintings of “Why now? », an exhibition organized by the creative studio Mr. Lawrence for the Spotti showroom, produced in partnership with the furniture brand Tacchini. The show brought together Helle Mardahl’s familiar chewing-gum tableware, Dior collaborator Jinyeong Yeon’s curved tube chairs, with a few new faces for a gallery-showcase hybrid that felt truly livable. —Sean Santiago, Associate Editor

Ginori and Luke Edward Hall’s nightclub

You see a lot of surprising things during Milan Design Week – at the Salone del Mobile, a cooking demonstration by a man lassoing a rope of sausage ties above his head to the sound of a live saxophone comes to mind. mind – but nothing quite beats the dinner that porcelain maker Ginori threw for British illustrator Luke Edward Hall. After an elegant family meal at the Osteria Grand Hotel, the lights went out, the floor was cleared of tables and chairs and Italian crooner Alessandro Ristori took the stage. Ristori donned bell bottoms and a bow tie (he’s the ‘Prince of Dolce Vita’, after all) and performed a set of kicks and kicks late into the night, covering Dusty Springfield , Blondies, and more. You had to be there a bit. —Anna Fixsen, Associate Editor, Digital

SaloneSatellite – the overflowing Salone del Mobile section dedicated to the work of emerging designers – was, as usual, fertile ground for inspiration. Take, for example, Lagos-based multidisciplinary talent Lani Adeoye of Studio Lani. Her collection, titled Ekaabo, included lounge chairs, stools and more inspired by the textiles, arts and crafts of her native Nigeria. The plus: She also ok Textile-wrapped RemX Walker, designed and named with his grandfather, Remi, in mind, landed first place in the SaloneSatellite award in a show that placed greater emphasis on design for people with disabilities, neuro-atypical people and durability. —Asad Syrkett, editor

‘Getting together’ was a recurring theme at this Salone – take the huge crowds that congregated at Bar Basso each evening as proof – but few articulate brands return to conviviality as aptly as Buccellati. The jewelry house commissioned four designers to create individual scenes centered around the theme of galateo, which loosely translates to “table manners” from Italian. Patricia Urquiola (shown here) took a fun route with its display, ditching the conventional table in favor of a picnic blanket, cork walls, plants, and a dog statue. Its context made Buccellati’s pieces – of the Tahiti set in this case – feel light and playful. —Helena Madden, Associate Market Editor

This Is America, by Hello Human and Adition

This Alcova facility was so crowded – all of Alcova was – that I enjoyed it when co-curators Alma Lopez-Moses and Liz Wert guided me through the exhibits. Jaeyeon Park’s tennis and ski chairs, made of found objects and epoxy clay, stood out for me by making the familiar uncomfortably abstract. They give a surreal twist to the banality of consumer culture. —SS

The Swarovski and Rosenthal Garden Party

The best way to cap off a long day of trekking in a living room? An elegant garden party in a 15th century palace, of course! Swarovski and Rosenthal threw a whimsical outdoor party at Casa degli Atellani (you’ll find out in our May 2022 issue!) to celebrate their recent tabletop collaboration. The garden was dotted with candy striped tents – displaying lavish vignettes from the collection, of course – a string quartet, gelato stands and guests that included everyone from Margherita Maccapani Missoni to Bethan Laura Wood. With the golden evening sun and the aura of history all around (Leonardo da Vinci’s vines are still grown here) it really was the icing on the cake. -A F

Kickie Chudikova in Alcova

People don’t usually think insects are beautiful – on the contrary, they often evoke feelings of fear and disgust. (For this reason, I’ve long been the designated girl to catch and release whenever oversized bugs appear in the house.) Instead of dwelling on that reputation, Brooklyn-based designer Kickie Chudikova celebrated the elegance of scary critters with its bright colors. Collection of insects in Alcova. One of the immediate standouts was Orbis, which is inspired by 16th century globe bars. The problem? Chudikova’s sphere features a layer of iridescent butterflies and beetles encased in resin. I also loved the throne-like Alvea chair, which is upholstered in bright yellow velvet, a nod to the queen bee. —HM

Milan Design Week, with the Salone del Mobile and city center exhibitions, is jam-packed with events to a degree that makes every moment of serenity a welcome respite. British lighting designer Lee Broom’s ‘Divine Inspiration’ offered that and more: In a former high-ceilinged gallery, Broom took us all to church with an installation that launched six new collections in six rooms designed to evoke worship spaces, with altars, pews and floating incense. I was particularly seduced by Hail and Pantheum (shown here), which riffs on ecclesiastical motifs as well as the characteristic shapes and forms of brutalist architecture, a favorite of Broom (and mine). -AS

Installation of OMA and Sabine Marcelis in Alcova

Before I started covering interior design, my rhythm was architecture. So it was a pleasure to travel to Alcova to see Rotterdam-based superstar architecture firm OMA team up with fellow Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis on a group of stunning stone objects. The exhibit arch, commissioned by natural stone company SolidNature, featured a luminous arch in a rainbow of nine different onyxes. Marcelis contributed a pale pink bathtub carved from a solid block of pink onyx, while OMA unveiled a stone bed (yes!) and a striking bookcase in Satin Verde marble. True to OMA’s pedigree, the show was rooted in research; faithful to that of Marcelis, it was filled with wonder. It was a match made in heaven. -A F

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