Milan Design Week or Salone del Mobile started in 1961 as a fair to promote the best Italian furniture design and accessories. Nowadays, Milan Design Week has become a global event in the design industry calendar.
Exhibitors from all facets of design including furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom accessories, from all parts of the world, descend on the city to display their newest creations to the world.
The main focus of this article is going to be lighting design, since we provide custom services in this particular domain.
A wide range of lighting designs were unveiled during the Milan fair, but here are our favourites:
- Moirai Chandelier by Ini Archibong
Ini Archibong's multicoloured Moirai Chandelier consists of traditional hand-blown glass vessels that can be combined in different ways, forming what the designer calls a "constellation of clouds".
- 625m/s2 by Hiroto Yoshizoe
Japanese designer Hiroto Yoshizoe explores the relationship between the moon and the sun with this illuminated mobile. The piece contains a single light-bulb stand, but the light is reflected by a series of suspended mirrors.
- O by Elemental
Alejandro Aravena's architecture firm Elemental is behind this ring-shaped outdoor light, which is designed to be as inconspicuous as possible. Launched by Italian lighting brand Artemide, the light is fitted with sensors and only turns itself on when it senses movement.
- On Lines by Jean Nouvel
French architect Jean Nouvel describes On Lines as "a simple and precise game of coloured surfaces." Created for Italian brand Nemo, it features a series of multicoloured squares and rectangles that are designed to emulate the colourful lights that illuminate city skylines.
- Musa by Note Design Studio
A small, hand-blown opal-glass sphere forms this light designed by Note Design Studio for Barcelona lighting brand Vibia. It is available as a wall sconce or a table lamp, in shades of white, salmon or mink grey.
- Padirac by Eric Schmitt
Two elements, one hanging and one standing, form this light shown by French designer Eric Schmitt in Milan's 5VIE district. Made from cast, spun and lacquered aluminium, the two lighting pieces can be installed on an axis or entirely offset.
- Xi lamps by Neri&Hu
The soft glow of these lamps, designed by Chinese studio Neri&Hu, is intended to emulate the early morning sunlight at the start of the day. Created by Italian brand Poltrona Frau, the lights incorporates two different types of blown glass, held together by leather bands.