If I could be anywhere in the world right now, it would be at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile, the world's most famous furniture fair, currently on in Milan from 14 - 19 April. As I see highlights popping up across social media and design blogs, my mind wanders to what it would be like to browse the international stands in person, to peruse Italy's finest showrooms, and touch and feel the latest design pieces from around the globe.
But alas! I can only but dream, so here are a few snippets from those daydreams . . . what I would do and see if I were at the Salone Internazionale right now . . .
I would start the day by visiting my favourite Italian suppliers Poliform, Minotti and Flexform. I know their new products are definitely a must-see, but also a must-try and must-feel!
Then, because I fall in love with each and every one of Tom Dixon’s new furniture and homewares collections, I would have to take a peek at his new exhibition entitled ‘Cinema’, which is taking place in an old picture house as part of the Designjunction showcase and featuring new and innovative accessories and lighting.
My curiosity would then lead me to the Kvadrat showcase, where I have been told that two famous brothers from my native country France – Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec – are launching a new ‘Ready Made Curtain’ for the Danish textile company Kvadrat.
Finally, I would make my way to the San Gregorio district of central Milan where London designer Lee Broom will be transforming a street of disused shops into what is certainly his most ambitious exhibition to date. Unveiling 20 new and very exciting products . . . a departure from his very singular, enigmatic and simple style.