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The Best Collaborations to come out of Milan Design Week 2024
#Designdelights, collaborative highlights from Milan Design Week.
Around the Globe 28 Apr 2024

Milan Design Week, a perennial spectacle of innovation and creativity, once again graced the global stage with its vibrant celebration of design prowess this month, from 15 to 21 April. As the design world converged in the heart of Italy’s fashion capital, Milan became the epicenter of cutting-edge design trends, hosting an array of events ranging from installations to workshops. From the bustling fairs to the thought-provoking exhibitions, the week-long extravaganza showcased an eclectic fusion of ideas, inspirations, and collaborations. Amidst this whirlwind of artistic expression, a select few collaborations emerged as true standouts. Here are some of our favourites.

Marimekko x Apartamento Magazine

Marimekko set the tone for Milan Design Week with Bar Unikko, a collaboration with Apartamento magazine. This conceptual transformation of a classic Milanese café merged Marimekko’s iconic Unikko floral motif with Apartamento’s carefree lifestyle aesthetic. The result? A nostalgic yet forward-thinking celebration of everyday joy and optimism.

PlayLab, Inc. x Alessi

Conceived by LA’s PlayLab, Inc. and Alessi, ‘Myth Makes Belief’ merged reality with myth, crafting an immersive experience of unparalleled revelation. At Milan Design Week, Alessi beckoned participants to become protagonists in the installation, unveiling four new projects by Michael Anastassiades, Naoto Fukasawa with Samirō Yunoki, and Nendo.

Issey Miyake x We Make Carpets

At the Issey Miyake boutique, We Make Carpets, an art collective, unveiled a striking series of surface installations. With over 50,000 colored skewers and pins meticulously arranged on foam bases, the display epitomized the meticulous material exploration shared by both brands.

Saint Laurent x Gio Ponti

Saint Laurent Rive Droite showcased a tribute to Gio Ponti’s Caracas modernist architecture. Curated by Anthony Vaccarello, the exhibition unveiled a bespoke tableware collection originally crafted by Ponti in 1953 for Villa Planchart. Collaborating with Ginori 1735, Saint Laurent reintroduced twelve hand-painted porcelain plates adorned with Ponti’s architectural motifs, preserving his visionary design legacy.

Bottega Veneta x Le Corbusier

Bottega Veneta paid homage to Le Corbusier and his iconic LC14 Tabouret Cabanon table, originally crafted for his personal retreat in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French Riviera. Teaming up with Cassina and Fondation Le Corbusier, Matthieu Blazy and Bottega Veneta transformed Palazzo San Fedele into a stunning showcase, featuring the architect’s Cabanon stools alongside the revered table. Crafted using Bottega Veneta’s signature leatherwork and a special charred-wood technique inspired by Japanese traditions, each stool was a masterpiece, meticulously enveloped in the brand’s Intreccio foulard technique.

La Marzocco x RIMOWA

High-end professional coffee machine maker La Marzocco and the global leader in luxury luggage RIMOWA joined forces to craft a limited-edition Linea Mini espresso machine. This collaboration seamlessly blends Italian and German design expertise, highlighting their shared commitment to timeless design and unparalleled craftsmanship. The limited edition Linea Mini could be found in their pop-up cafè, where guests could enjoy complimentary espressos throughout the week.

AlUla x Sabine Marcelis

In Milan’s Brera district, AlUla, Saudi Arabia’s Design Space, transported visitors to the ancient oasis city with a captivating exhibition by Sabine Marcelis and CLOUD. Showcasing furniture and accessories in harmony with the Fuorisalone theme of Materia Natura, the space glowed with golden warmth under monumental sun-like lighting. Modular seating systems invited exploration, along with tactile experiences. This collaboration celebrated the rich material expressions and traditional crafts of the region, reinterpreting its biodiversity, expansive desertscape, and cultural customs through diverse perspectives.

Highsnobiety x Bar Basso

Highsnobiety teamed up with Milan’s iconic Bar Basso for a limited-edition collaboration during Milan Design Week. Known for its vibrant ambiance, Bar Basso is a familiar haunt for Salone del Mobile visitors. This marks the third collaboration between Highsnobiety and Bar Basso, featuring co-branded bar tools, T-shirts adorned with life-size prints of the bar’s signature cocktail glasses, plus more!

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