Milan Design Week 2019

In My Style by Claire

The hotlist, the goss and my fave edits!

It’s the global event in the design calendar – Milan Design Week. Excuse me while I sit swooning over what has come from the design world this year! Exhibitors from all areas of design came to display their most exciting creations and stunning innovations, all absorbed and critiqued by the world’s top interior designers and media. Everything from furniture, to lighting, to bathroom and kitchen accessories took over Milan in a stream of upcoming trends and movements. It was design heaven.

The annual Salone del Mobile in Milan has evolved over the years to showcase the very best from the world of design, becoming a creative platform to pioneer ground-breaking projects.

Here’s my brief take on my favourites (a Dani edit if you please!). I will say this – hopefully you all know by now my personal style is bold and luxe. This minimalist trend is of course gorgeous, but a bit frightening to me and my strong, somewhat daring, style! Nevertheless, of course I am head over heels for a number of essentials, so here’s my Milan Design Week 2019 hotlist!

1940s Classic

Lema came to Salone del Mobile channeling 1940’s sophistication; a classic in the making. Tuscany based designers Dainellistudio showcased the ‘Alma’ armchair and I love the confident and bold look.


As I predicted in my 2019 trend forecast, sustainability continues to be a prominent movement in the design world for the foreseeable future. One gorgeous example is the outdoor tables from B&B Italia – ‘Mirto’. They feature black lava stone tops decorated with an intricate Sicilian-lace-like pattern made from crushed recycled gadgets. Sustainable, timeless and beauty all in one. (

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades

Louis Vuitton, can you do no wrong? This installation was absolute brilliance. I am almost lost for words and that is a rarity!

Featuring Mandala-inspired forms, meshwork and block colouring, the Objets Nomades collection showcased experimental and innovative furnishing- the result of a new collaboration with Atelier Biagetti and Zanellato/Bortotto. The work speaks for itself.

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon launched a VENUE this year! This news literally had me screaming – it looks AMAZING. He’ll be opening a permanent restaurant and showroom in Milan, The Manzoni. The venue will be fitted out with products designed by Tom Dixon, of course, including a series of upholstered chairs called Fat, the Spring series of pendant lamps, and Opal translucent globe lights (all of which launched during Design Week).


The very best lighting designs from all around the world were showcased this year in Eurolace – part of the main Salone del Mobile show. Four pavilions dedicated to the shining stars of lighting design, Eurolace was a sight to behold!

My top pick was Italian brand Fabbian with their new collection ‘Armilla’ – sculptural glass globes tied with brand ribbons. British brand Bert Frank is also stunning with the ‘Spate’ wall light –  an Art Deco inspired shape and materials like opal glass, marble and brass.

Local Design

Last but most definitely not least, I am a huge supporter of our unique Australian talent and it shined in Local Design—a showcase of Australian designers founded by Emma Elizabeth.

“It’s hard to describe Australian design as it draws from so many cultures and influences,” says Emma Elizabeth. “The objective of Local Milan was to present a collective of Australian design that will heighten the global perspective of our Australian aesthetic and style, encouraging and supporting local designers to continue raising the bar.” Vogue Australia.

Bringing Australian charm to Milan, I am in awe of our diversity in the design world and hope this brings us further into the world stage spotlight.

A short but purely delightful summary of Milan Design Week, 2019. I so wish I could have been there, 2020 I have my eye on you! For now I can only look on in wonder and pure delight at the array of stunning design and talent.

Xx Dani

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