May 2023 / Back Mingling in Milan

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It was fantastic to be back in Italy for the Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone in their regularly scheduled slot. Design Week was smaller in scale; at Rho Fiera there were no halls with two levels and for the city events, well, some design districts went away entirely, while others grew. With fewer events that by no means meant it was less work. The Salone had 16 halls open at the exhibition center, and depending on which source you reference for Fuorisalone, there were no fewer than 350 events to explore. We averaged 20,000 steps per day over the week. This month’s edition of Trendease is exclusively dedicated to our design trekking through Milan. Get inspired with the May edition!

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Features and Articles

Jennifer's May Marvels

Milan — During Milan Design Week, in Zona Tortona, one could find the “Family Home” pop-up, the apartment of a contemporary family, divided between the autonomy of individuals and family coexistence, where the furnishing project respected everyone. There were 49 brands listed and each product donned a QR code that would take you to a to learn more or shop.

Boundaries Blend

Milan — Boundaries blend where technology merges unobtrusively into interior design. Televisions and speakers either camouflage themselves or become pieces of art. Home fragrance takes on a new layer when it is customized for the owner’s room. A climbing wall in the dining room?! Why not? Seemingly disassociated objects become one in the interior of today and tomorrow.

Cut Your Hair for Design

Milan — In the twenty years that the Trendease Team has been researching global design movements, we have seen a number of intriguing uses of human hair as a raw material to be utilized rather than burnt or sent to landfill. Now we can say that we have met the queen of circular hair material innovation. Now that’s a wrap!


Escape into the Secret Courtyard

Milan — Always on the lookout, it is time for a new adventure. Step into a tucked away courtyard off the hustle and bustle of the jam-packed design week streets of Milan, into an oasis boasting secret displays of over two dozen new lighting design product launches, from up-and-coming and established names, promising to get you in a good mood.

Conveying Light

Milan — In Milan, Italy, at the most important event for lighting design, Euroluce, the lightbulb makes a special appearance. It is not merely the bringer of light; it embodies a wide-ranging design language that makes it suitable for a myriad of interiors (and exteriors), whether it be naked and simple, or over the top and eye-catching.

Embellished Beauties

Milan — This collection of seating celebrates weaving as an embellishment to transform an everyday object into something extraordinary and functional, yet unique. Here artisans show off an ingenious range of weaving techniques using a diverse range of materials such as leather, raffia, shearling, and felt, as well as surprising materials such as the foil of thermal blankets.

VENETIA by Elisa Ossino

Creativity, Skill and Technology

Milan — Glass is ancient and simultaneously it is technological and modern. Here eight designers champion the material in an innovative and skill-honored collection of tables, lights, art installations and more. Some pieces will leave you speechless, trying to understand how a single piece of glass can transform color in front of your eyes.

Eat My Chandelier

Milan — Be inspired by this universe. This historic retailer in Milan offers a unique selection of furnishings, home accessories, and fashion accessories, a particular merchandise mix bound to surprise anybody. It is a destination for those who love cultured and original design objects, and gift items unlike any others.