Dispatch from Milan | iSaloni, First Night

This week we're thrilled and honoured to have Chad Falkenberg of Falken Reynolds guest posting his finds and inspiration from Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, here at Poppytalk. Chad and his partner, Kelly Reynolds will also be sharing details of their trip on their Facebook page and as IDSwest Ambassadors. Here's his first post! —Jan

Contributor post by Chad Falkenberg of Falken Reynolds

Baccarat: The Birthday for 250  enormous tulip shaped chandelier
We arrived in central Milan at 8:30pm and hit the ground running, starting at the Baccarat cocktail event at San Carpoforo. The crystal clear crystal juxtaposed against faded frescos and peeling plaster set the tone for a dramatic and moody event filled with the who's who of design. Marcel Wanders was the first person we nearly bumped into at the front door. It's everything one would expect from the French luxury brand.

Baccarat: Tuile de Cristal by Arik Levy

Next was the Ingo Maurer exhibition titled Il Laboratorio / The Atelier at the Spazio Krizia. We had an extensive personal tour from Peter Wachowich, a five year veteran with Ingo Maurer who is now based in Vancouver. While the lighting and installations are always lighthearted, the research and technology that goes into them is at the cutting edge of lighting design. Most of the exhibition showcased products that are in the exploration stages, and not yet ready for production. The exciting thing is to see the future of lighting design - as well as a glimpse into the process of creating new products.

A series of table, floor and pendants with suspended sheets of solid material with LEDs shining down. The light patterns on the floor were stunning dramatic, and the addition of a fan to gently move the sheets of metal created the subtle movement of candles or a flame.

The Knot is a fully 3D printed lamp, taking about an hour and a half to print using nylon like polymers. 3D printing is definitely the future where replacement parts for products won't need to be ordered and shipped, but rather downloaded and printed.

The Dew drops table lamp is a completely flexible LED sheet held up with two supports connected to a heavy base with movable bearings. The plastic sheet holding the LEDs is transparent so looking from above the lamp is almost invisible. The technology, including the ability to dim, were developed in collaboration with Cooledge, a Vancouver based company.

Peter Wachowich explaining the origins of the Brick series of pendants, which came from a large scale project that Ingo Mauerer developed for a U-Bahn station in Munich.

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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Jan Halvarson


tostoini said...

There's an "a" missing in Internazionale in "Salone Internazionale del Mobile", aside from that, great post! Greetings from Milan :)

Jan Halvarson said...

Tostoini - thanks for pointing that out. My bad. :) Jan