Milan Design Week returned this year for its 60th edition, celebrating its theme of sustainability and bringing to the forefront world-leading furniture, homewares, and design. Trends emerged in slow design, craftsmanship and candy colours as shown from HOMMÉS Studios, Atelier Biagetti, and Louis Vuitton. Even though we didn’t attend (we are saving our funds for 3daysofdesign coming up in Copenhagen in June!), we stalked all the photographs to see what some of our brands did to celebrate design this year.
Muuto this year collaborated with Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer and Elisa Ossino of H+O Apartment Gallery for the exhibition exploring the Butterfly Effect. The exhibition focused on revealing the effect that small changes in our home environment can have on everyday life and our sense of wellbeing. They explored how colour, form, and tactility impacts perception of a space and how it affects us, through the use of the soft curvatures of the chairs, warm natural materials of the wooden tabletop and bright yellows and greens. We loved seeing the Strand Pendants in the hallways and the Outline sofa in the cognac leather finish with these fresh colours.
Carl Hansen and Søn
Carl Hansen and Søn revealed at the design week this year that Vilhelm Lauritzen’s VLA61 Monarch Chair was available to the public for the first time since its original creation. Designed in 1944, the chair was originally produced in only 10 specimens for an unfinished residential project – but lucky for us, the chair is back in production. The name ‘Monarch Chair’ was inspired by the majestic monarch butterfly, a tribute to Lauritzen's life studies and immense passion for butterflies. The chair is both light and strong, with its beautiful, curved armrests and generous padding creating an ergonomic and luxurious sitting experience. This product will be available to order from June 2023.