At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, the grand dame of Italian design had an unusual mix of corporate projects from the likes of Wolf Gordon, Sunbrella and Marimekko and smaller scale works of independent studios and designers crowded into every nook and cranny of the grounds. For the first time, the upstairs retail space—normally a shopper's paradies for design lovers—was turned into exhibition space where unmarked projects sat side-by-side with design items for sale.
Craft was still the focus of this year's exhibition and there were a handful of unique objects that were worth seeing including BCXSY's collaboration with bespoke wallpaper manufacturers Calico, Germans Ermics' wonderful mirrors, Alissa + Nienke's 3D wallpaper and Sander Wassink's programmed ceramics collaboration with Olivier van Herpt. Overall, the presentations at this year's Spazio Rossana Orlandi lacked the avant garde vision one has come to expect from Milan's most beloved design space.
LinYee YuanColour Porcelain by Scholten & Baijings1616/Arita Japan celebrates 400 years of Japanese Ceramics Craft, mixing both local craftsmanship with European cultural influences.
LinYee YuanPrincipals designers from the 1616/Arita Japan ProjectCreative directors Teruhiro Yanagihara and Stefan Scholten with the book editor and Tomas Alonso.
LinYee YuanDesigners for the 1616/Arita Japan ProjectIngegerd Råman and Shigeki Fujishiro
LinYee YuanBlossoms, by Studio Wieki Somers1616/Arita Japan celebrates 400 years of Japanese Ceramics Craft, mixing both local craftsmanship with European cultural influences.
LinYee YuanBottom Ash Observatory, by Christien MeindertsmaBottom ash is the residue of incinerated household and industrial waste: the "waste of waste." By sieving, drying, laser-analyzing and separating tens of thousands of pieces of bottom ash by hand, Meindertsma succeeded in extracting numerous materials.
LinYee YuanBottom ash is the residue of incinerated household and industrial waste: the "waste of waste." By sieving, drying, laser-analyzing and separating tens of thousands of pieces of bottom ash by hand, Meindertsma succeeded in extracting numerous materials.
LinYee YuanHillsideout pendant lampThis industrial pendant lamp reflects a floral image on the opposite wall using a system of mirrors.
LinYee YuanThe store at Spazio Rossana OrlandiA cabinet of curiosities, the store of Spazio Rossana Orlandi was a transformed into a showcase of new projects from designers during Salone.
LinYee YuanDe Rebus Natura, by Nacho CarbonellThe Spanish designer debuted a book showing his workshop and process at Rossana Orlandi.
LinYee YuanDe Rebus Natura, by Nacho CarbonellA spread from the Spanish designer's new book showcasing his workshop and studio.
LinYee YuanCalico x BCXSYThe Brooklyn-based bespoke wallpaper company collaborated with BCXSY to create artwork inspired by images of space taken by the Hubble telescope. Five more color ways will debut during New York Design Week.
LinYee YuanCalico x BCXSYSayaka Yamamoto (BCXSY) and Nick Cope (Calico)
LinYee YuanTop Secret side table by Francesco Meda
LinYee YuanMarble Ways Collection, AlcarolThe worktops of Italian quarries and marble processing labs consist of wood planks which are continuously scratched by huge circular blades used to cut blocks of stone. Encased in resin, these wood planks create unusual tabletops.
LinYee YuanStripe Lamp, Piet Hein EekUsing a metal stamping machine, the designer created a lighting collection based on the workshop's manufacturing capabilities. The lamps can be flatpacked and bent by hand into shape.
LinYee YuanHand Bent Lamps, Piet Hein EekUsing a metal stamping machine, the designer created a lighting collection based on the workshop's manufacturing capabilities. The lamps can be flatpacked and bent by hand into shape.
LinYee YuanMore Eyewear x Piet Hein EekPiet Hein Eek's first eyewear collaboration, the titanium frames have a unique construction—the two parts that make the top and bottom frame are held together by two screws and the arms twist for a firm grip.
LinYee YuanWaste Bust, Piet Hein EekUsing waste from his studio, Piet Hein Eek creates these industrial sculptures in the form of a bust.
LinYee YuanTube Watches, Piet Hein Eek x Leff AmsterdamThe watch collaboration references the extrusion process with the time markers represented by the "teeth" on the face of the watch.
LinYee YuanLight Chair, SelettiMarcAntonio Raimondi Malerba's stools for Seletti are printed with an array of charming images (including Rossana Orlandi's face)
LinYee YuanToddlery by Andreu CarullaA cutlery set inspired by a toddler's scribblings, made of sterling silver and displayed in a book-like limited edition case.
LinYee YuanHaam x Umzikim Trays
LinYee YuanMatryoshka Totem by Lera MoiseevaThe unique texture of these murano glass vessels creates subtle changes of color based on the light.
LinYee YuanChanging Vase by Dirk Vander KooijAn extraordinarily designed sculptural vase in four different heights looks different depending on the angle from which it's looked at.
LinYee YuanTubes et banniere, by Raphael LutzFrom the NOV Gallery CRAFT exhibition.
LinYee YuanIHP by Dimitri BahlerFrom the NOV Gallery CRAFT exhibition.
LinYee YuanMaterial Racks by Germans ErmicsLayered materials create interesting depths in these mirrors.
LinYee YuanLumist, by Teresa van DongenA lamp and humidifier in one, the heat from the bulb keeps the surrounding water to evaporate, creating a natural humidifier and a way to visualize otherwise lost energy.
LinYee YuanBeads coffee tables by deFORMGlass beads, traditionally a decorative material, become functional when encased in resin as table tops.
LinYee YuanGlobe Pendants by Floris WubbenThe unique texture of these ceramic pendants is achieved by wetting then torching the face of ceramic globes.
LinYee YuanDetail of Adaptive Manufacturing ceramicThe shape of these 3D printed ceramics are created by sensing the environment around them. By Sander Wassink and Olivier van Herpt
LinYee YuanDesigner Sander Wassink and one of the Adaptive Manufacturing Ceramics.The shape of these 3D printed ceramics are created by sensing the environment around them. By Sander Wassink and Olivier van Herpt
LinYee YuanWall Stitch Project, by YOYUsing 3D printing, wall signage gives the appearance of embroidery done on the wall.
LinYee YuanPoster by YOYA series of wall lamps sized like a sheet of A2 paper, the "lamp" can be affixed easily with tape or pins on the wall.
LinYee YuanBalance of Beauty, Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus