One of the most influential events in the global design calendar, Milan Design

Week was back this year with a whole host of exhibitions, pop-ups and

new collection launches. Here’s a selection of our favourites from MDW 2018.




Danish brand HAY showcased design for modern living in a 17th century Palace.

Milan’s Palazzo Clerici, provided an ornate backdrop with its Italian baroque

interior elevating the modernity of the industrial design on show.

Among the new product launches was a collaboration with American ceramicist

Jessica Hans, who created a range of dreamy ceramic vessels with a distinctly

handmade flavour.  Read more about HAY’s exhibition here.




Img: HAY



Img: HAY





After last year’s installation proved to be one of the most talked about shows,

interior experts, Studiopepe, returned this time with an equally impressive project.

In a secret location, Club Unseen provided an exclusive space that served as an

informal refuge at the centre of Milan’s design week buzz. They created an interior with

a 70s vibe featuring tactile materials and showcasing furniture, lighting and textiles

from contemporary Italian brands.



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Img: Studiopepe




Img: Studiopepe



B E T H A N   L A U R A   W O O D   X 

C C – T A P I S


London based designer Bethan Laura Wood presented an explosive collection of

rugs for CC-Tapis, inspired by the clash between the man-made and nature. Each

piece based on a different rock form, Wood used the surface patterns as a reference,

with the finished product alluding to the many layers of sediment created in rock

formations over time.

CC-Tapis is an Italian company producing contemporary hand-knotted rugs, created

in Nepal by expert Tibetan artisans.




Img: CC – Tapis




C O S   X   P H I L L I P    K   S M I T H   III


Fashion brand COS teamed up with California based artist, Phillip K Smith III, to create

an altered reflection of the city at the heart of Milan. The immersive installation

combined nature with the built environment, employing light and space as materials.

Centred in the courtyard of Milan’s Palazzo Isimbardi, a shining crown-like structure

appeared like 14 metre wide beacon, reflecting the historic architecture of the palace

and the open sky above. Read more about the installation here.



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Img: COS






N O R W E G I A N   P R E S E N C E


This group exhibition, showcasing the best of contemporary design from Norway,

was based around the concept of “fellesskap”, meaning togetherness.

A celebration of solidarity, the focus was on the importance of supporting one another in

the design and manufacturing industries. The exhibition, situated in Zona Tortona,

aimed to create a social meeting place where  visitors could experience the drive behind

Norwegian making.




Img: Lasse Fløde & Torjus Berglid



Img: Lasse Fløde & Torjus Berglid




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