Playful interior design - Milan Design Week trend report (Part 4)
May 19, 2014
Can your inner child come out and play?
Toys, furniture and other playful interior design highlights
Some of the highlights from Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week were on the more playful side. Like these toy cars from Arche Toys. Just look at the variety of different cars. You’ve got everything from tractors and school buses to old classic american cars. And even some slightly morbid hearses. Fantastic! Although this might be the kind of toy that the adults appreciate more than actual kids. Rogier Martins wheelbarrow/chair Trotter definitely made us smile. It really invites you to play with it. Doesn’t it? And this cute little paper town. Which is also a map over one of the neighborhoods in the Brera district.
In the Salone Satellite exhibiton we found these stools. Satellite is where the work of promising new talents, students and young designers is displayed. (And often the most fun part of the fairs.) The designer behind these polyethylene stools are Tania Da Cruz. Do you recognize the shapes? The hairstyles of playmobile figures has crossed over to the furniture business. Very playful interior design indeed. Tania may also have had the cutest business card. The DIY alternative made out of a stamp and some post-its.
Have you seen my designer? I may have lost her...
The Salone del Mobile fair is enormous. With almost 300 000 visitors it's easy to get lost. For a while there I actually thought I had lost our designer Johanna in the crowd. I was just about to give up hope when I found her in the Vitra exhibition among the wooden dolls by Alexander Girard? Phew! (A lesson well learned. Never take your eyes off a playful designer when looking at playful interior design.)
More playful interior?
Don't miss the part 2 of our trend reports from Milan Design Week. Interior design doesn't get much more playful than a big green plastic rocking chicken.
What is Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week?
The Milan Furniture Fair (or Salone del Mobile) is one of the largest furniture fair in the world. The exhibition is held in april every year. It showcases the latest in furniture and design from all over the world. This is where you go to see new products in the design and interior business. And, of course, mingle with designers, stylists and other furniture savvy people. The show is held in the FieraMilano complex. But the coinciding Design Week is held i different areas of the city. In everything from small pop up exhibitions in garages to museums. As well as elegant fashion houses like Missoni and Hermés. All in all. A very busy week if you’re interested in design and happen to be in town when the Milan Design Week takes place.