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Highlights from Milan Design Week 2017


All the Pretty Things

By Wava Carpenter

Milan Design Week wrapped up last weekend, and as usual thousands of innovative, forward-facing designs were debuted. With all the hype around what’s new and what’s next, we were pleasantly surprised to detect a trend toward the old school. What follows is a selection of unabashedly ornate objects and other lovely, little things that recall the erstwhile Art Deco, Victorian, and Neoclassical styles. In an age when anything goes, everything old is new again.

Broken by Kolk & Kusters


The work of Fabscarte, Stories of Italy, Bohinc Studio, and Botteganove  at the Ladies & Gentleman Show, curated by PS and Secondome

U Vases by Anna Varendorrf for A. C. V. Studio, exhibited at Local Design, curated by Emma Elizabeth



Past Future: Craft Design in Sardinia at La Triennale di Milano, curated by Giuliana Altea and Roberta Morittu


The work of Gero Grundmann, Julia Lohmann, and Marjan Van Aubel at Talisman: Contemporary Symbolic Objects, curated by Barbara Brondi and Marco Rainò


The work of Anette Krogstad and Noidoi in Everything is Connected, curated by Katrin Greiling


Sunday Afternoon, a photograph by Dik Nicolai at Masterly, curated by Uniquole; Fu*k by Antonio Cos, at Subalterno1’s New Craft Made in Lambrate


The Visit, curated by Studiopepe‘s Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto

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    • Wava Carpenter

      Wava Carpenter

      After studying Design History, Wava has worn many hats in support of design culture: teaching design studies, curating exhibitions, overseeing commissions, organizing talks, writing articles—all of which informs her work now as Pamono’s Editor-in-Chief.

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