Dispatch from Milan | iSaloni Day 4

Contributor post by Chad Falkenberg of Falken Reynolds

Our fourth day of Milan Design week was spent in the centre of the city, popping into showrooms and galleries. The buzz in the city is intense as quiet side streets and courtyards become overflow areas for pop-up bars and temporary exhibition spaces. The fun part is seeing students and young designers showing their work and ideas a few feet away from the biggest names in the business.

And with weather that feels like a Vancouver summer we made the most of taking in some city sites as well.

A monastery becomes a temporary showroom for extraordinary rugs, hanging on the walls of the gallery.

Nendo's Harcourt Chessboard brings together the two activities that bring two people together: playing chess and raising a glass (of wine) together. Different chess pieces were used as inspiration to cut the iconic Baccarat Harcourt glass - designed in 1841.

Nendo always puts on a fascinating exhibit showcasing their creative thinking. These "space dipped shirts" take the essential white shirt from clothing brand Cos and dip it into a framed cube. Inside the cube the shirt is grey - the same colour as the cube frame - and outside it is white. The colour blocking of the shirt strengthens the viewers awareness of the cube.

La Chance is a boutique French design brand with some innovative furniture that play with form and material. The Salute series of tables by Sebastian Herkner.

Scandinavian design brand Hay is one of the most talked about new manufacturers in the past few years. They are proving that good design doesn't have to be expensive and that design companies. These Pinorama boards are creative solutions for office organization - visually playful but super practical.

The Copenhagen chair from Hay is one of the tightest stacking chairs around - 21 of them here.

Playful brass candle holders to hang on the wall.

The combination of muted pastels and saturated hues are everwhere in the city.

Caesarstone how it's quartz slabs can do a lot more than just countertop duty - here as a ping pong table in the entrance to a grand house.

In the ballroom design studio Raw Edges created a 50 foot long island using creative zig zag joints and cut outs for storage and work tools.

Patina guilding on the doors in the old mansion of Palazzo Clerici that served as exhibit space for several designers.

The 1991 & 1641 stool are made from lava flows from Mount Etna on those dates.

The Monti Silvestri clock using lava sand has a striking resemblance to a sundial. 

More student work in Palazzo Clerici

The surface of the Lake collection of rugs by Raw Edges is carved along the coloured stripes so that different patterns are visible depending on the angle of the viewer - in the foreground it looks like series of triangles while in the mirror above it looks like a Navaho pattern.

A small break for a photo op with Peter Wilds, a friend and fellow Vancouver designer who is taking in Design week with us.

One of the many, many showrooms with open doors during the day and evenings - we love the Aim pendant from Flos used as a bedside light.

B&B Italia revealed some stunning new products in the showroom on Via Durini - this Lux series console has precision craftsmanship and machined metal door pulls the live up to the name.

The leather folding chairs for B&B Italia by Antonio Citerio were one of the most comfortable new chair we sat in today - and they fold up to make a perfect extra chair for small spaces.

Cassina incorporated fashion with this exhibit of Charlotte Perriand's work - a graphic element enticing passersby into the showroom.

Love these chairs from Cassina in a slightly two-toned grey-green fabric.

Another beautiful courtyard we peered into from the street - with stunning hanging vines on every archway.

Fabric company Jab placed giant umbrellas in their front yard.

The Grappa pendants by Claesson, Koivisto & Rune for Wonderglass could be the most beautiful new products we saw today - the five pendant version is about four feet tall.

And right around the corner was Villa Necchi, the housed used in the Tilda Swinton film I am Love.

The infamous pool at Villa Necchi is somewhat haunted.

About the contributor:
Chad Falkenberg is a Principal with partner Kelly Reynolds, for Falken Reynolds Interiors, an interior design studio based in Vancouver, B.C. Visit them online:

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