MILAN MUSINGS

In it's "55th year of wow in design" the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan is a pre-eminent design fair that showcases thousands of designs from around the world in one place, from furniture to lighting, bathrooms to wallpaper . . . the event is a champion of innovation and internationality. 

Last year Jess recounted her ideal day at the fair with a "wish list" of what she would see and do if she were there. This year, once again, we have been poring over the design blogs and ogling the Instagram feeds of our industry colleagues who were pounding the pavement at Salone del Mobile. 

We have put together some of our favourite trends emerging from the fair this year and we can't wait until they reach our shores so we can begin imagining them in Australian homes and spaces. Enjoy.

The website  Yatzer  is an incredible resource by which to experience Salone del Mobile 2016. Pictured here, Wild Minimalism by Rooms, a collection of 7 handcrafted sculptural pieces. 

The website Yatzer is an incredible resource by which to experience Salone del Mobile 2016. Pictured here, Wild Minimalism by Rooms, a collection of 7 handcrafted sculptural pieces. 

British designer Lee Broom took his new collection of lighting to the streets, creating an Italian palazzo (complete with Ionic columns and elaborate mouldings) in the back of a van you could spot zipping around the city for most of the week.

British designer Lee Broom took his new collection of lighting to the streets, creating an Italian palazzo (complete with Ionic columns and elaborate mouldings) in the back of a van you could spot zipping around the city for most of the week.

French design house  Hermés  has long been at the forefront of producing iconic handbags, accessories and leather goods with their signature elegant style. At Milan's Salone del Mobile 2016, the label launched their 2016/2017 Homeware Collection, continuing their exciting foray into interior design.

French design house Hermés has long been at the forefront of producing iconic handbags, accessories and leather goods with their signature elegant style. At Milan's Salone del Mobile 2016, the label launched their 2016/2017 Homeware Collection, continuing their exciting foray into interior design.

During  Milan design week 2016 , New York-based design studio  Apparatus  debuts two lighting series — ‘circuit’ and ‘tassel‘ — alongside an extension to the ‘portal’ line in marble.

During Milan design week 2016, New York-based design studio Apparatus debuts two lighting series — ‘circuit’ and ‘tassel‘ — alongside an extension to the ‘portal’ line in marble.

British lighting and furniture designer with a fondness for copper, Tom Dixon will be returning to Milan this year to present an exciting collaboration with Caesarstone. 

British lighting and furniture designer with a fondness for copper, Tom Dixon will be returning to Milan this year to present an exciting collaboration with Caesarstone. 

Perfectly retro Verner Panton’s 1969 Flowerpot pendant in new blush colour.

Perfectly retro Verner Panton’s 1969 Flowerpot pendant in new blush colour.

Image 1 via Yatzer / Image 2 via Architectural Digest / Image 3 via Habitus Living / Image 4 via Klinamen / Image 5 via Habitus Living / Image 6 via Sight Unseen 

I'M DREAMING OF A DESIGNER CHRISTMAS

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me . . . 

The 'Surprise Light' evokes memories of childhood parties and Christmas all year round via Lightly

For the spontaneous Summer weekends away, how could you go past a leather weekender by Eddie Harrop

Distinctive, individually handmade (and of course copper!) garden tools designed specifically to connect hand and earth for the considered gardener via Grafa

Whether you're spending New Years curled up by the beach or by a fireplace somewhere exotic, a pair of Olivia Von Halle silk pyjamas is a must-have for all seasons.

 

A dramatic and architectural take on Kelly Wearstler’s signature use of mixed metals and geometric forms, this floor lamp will light up your home this Christmas and beyond via Becker Minty

There is something so romantic and beautiful about an old fashioned polaroid, via Hunting For George

A new pair of swimmers from the Zimmermann Summer collection are beautiful enough to wear from the beach to the bar! Via Zimmermann 

Hermès have teamed with Apple to release the ultimate modern accessory this Christmas via Apple

This Kitchenaid was made for us! The iconic mixer has been released in three shades of metallic this season via Williams Sonoma

Carved from solid alder wood with a hand-gilded gold finish, the 'Limited Edtiion Gold Eames House Bird' has been crafted after an artefact of America folk art treasured by Charles and Ray Eames via Living Edge

Heading to cooler climates for the holidays, take these adorable furry mittens on your travels! Via  Glamour Pussy NYC

Heading to cooler climates for the holidays, take these adorable furry mittens on your travels! Via Glamour Pussy NYC

Of course we have to include something from the Tom Dixon range! The ingenious spherical spice grinder via Macleay on Manning

OK, so I don't think the lyrics went quite like that, but what would I do with a partridge in a pear tree anyway?!

We hope you find some of your designer dreams under the tree this Christmas. You have been nice haven't you . . . 

DESIGNER DADS

Thank the designer gods that socks and jocks have come a long way since my first Father’s Day in the Eighties!

From playful accessories to inspiring adventures, and sophisticated bar essentials to one-of-a-kind surprises, with Father's Day only a few short weeks away on Sunday 6 September we have handpicked some gift ideas for Dads of all styles. 

Whether your Dad is sporty, culinary, fashion-forward or just a dreamer deserving of some finer things in life, we wish all the Dads a very happy Father's Day, no matter his style.

Pinarello Racing Bike via Pinarello / Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong via Potts Point Bookshop / Handcrafted wooden surfboard via Kelly Wearstler / Tom Dixon Whisky Decanter Set via Macleay on Manning / Bright Stripe Socks via Paul Smith / Hex Bottle Opener via The Line / Scent Water via Tom Dixon / Adopt A Fruit Tree in Bilpin via Adopt A Fruit Tree / Blue Agate Coasters via Becker Minty