Ciao from Milan!
I'm super excited to be back in Italy, the country of vino and
gelato, while visiting one if the biggest design events in the world!
The Salone / Milan Furniture Fair / Milan Design week /whatever you want to call it is an annual exhibition showcasing the latest in furniture and design.
The Fuorisalone is a massive exhibition taking place all over the city of Milan at the same time, where many shops and galleries open their doors to show their work and where many brands jump on the bandwagon to exhibit their newest products. And I'm here to explore both.
There is no way you can see it all at the Expo in Milan. 148 countries are taking part in this giant fair this year, additionally to the theme pavilions like “Sea life” and “Rice”, all spread over the distance of a small town.
We've eaten dumplings from Nepal, have taken part in a very weird Japanese performance and looked at so much amazing architecture that I had to go through my pictures to even remember what I wanted to show you.
As always, my focus was on the pavilion's architecture and design, I guess the different stagings and performances would have been worth a separate post but,... I had to start somewhere, right?
Milan has two fancy new museums incorporating every architect's wet dreams:
Fondazione Prada (Prada Foundation) by OMA / Rem Koolhaas and Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures, short MUDEC) by David Chipperfield Architects.
Obviously, on top of our agenda for Italy, there were vino and gelato.
But on a close second for me: The church of bones in Milan.
I had read about it a while ago and was fascinated right away:
Apparently, there was a church next to a cemetery, where they started to build with bones when there was no space left for new graves. This was something I had to see for myself!