Milan Design week 2016

April 15, 2016

We have just returned from a fabulous trip to this year’s annual Salone Del Mobile in Milan. The fair is in it’s 25th anniversary year and it was ridiculously the first time for House of Grey. It certainly didn’t disappoint.

Our primary focus for attending the show was for a client project. We were lucky enough to be able to design & collaborate on a two floor stand with Danish furniture brand Carl Hansen & Son.  Work began designing the stand back in early January, developing custom concepts, researching potential themes, briefing artisan craftsmen, sourcing props and materials for usage within the stand. This became a full interior design project with House of Grey selecting all the fabrics, finishes and visualising all the room and furniture layouts. so furniture could be made especially for the show. All whilst working closely with the client to successfully deliver a stand that encapsulated an on brand aesthetic that would also inspire and be a talking point for the press and sales team at Carl Hansen.

The Final concept was ’ Global Trends’, each room showcasing emerging trends: Organic forms, Colour Blocking, Grid and Pastels. We spent several days checking out various design districts which where so inspiring and confirmed our global trend prediction where very much inline with other designers.


Photographs by Louisa Grey. Design and Concepts: House of Grey.

As well as the 22 halls at the Rho Fiera, Satellite shows take place across Milan, with the Brera design district right on our doorstep we were perfectly situated to explore the city and take in all that the fair had to offer. inspiration was on every corner.

A fabulous afternoon was also spent in the courtyard of ‘Spazio Rossana Orlandi’, a concept store, restaurant and event space by Milanese visionary and champion of contemporary design; Rossana Orlandi.  During design week all eyes are firmly on Rosanna and her various events around town are considered by many as the highlight’s of design week.

‘Having worked for more than 20 years in fashion, for labels such Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan, in 2002 she decided to transfer her passion for design as a private collector into an innovative gallery, a platform where to showcase her personal idea of design and lifestyle…Her constant research worldwide has made her one of the most influential figures  in forecasting young and upcoming designers.’

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Image: Rossana Orland. Photograph by Leslie Williamson, August 7, 2012. originally published in Designers At Home.

Emerging trends at  the fair:


As seen at &Tradtion,  Spazio Pontaccio and Dimore Studio.Photography by Louisa Grey

New stand out pieces that we LOVE here:

Credenza, A new collection designed by Patricia Urquiola + Federico Pepe.