Material & Emotional Values inspiration at Milan Design Week

I recently visited Milan Design week 2017 in search of inspiration. There were a number of pieces I saw which were useful in inspiring the development of my Material & Emotional Values project.

Horizn Studios – Unpacked

One of the first exhibitions I saw was Installation: Passeggiata, the Airbnb exhibition. As part of this exhibit luggage company, Horizn Studios, invited 10 of the most influential design figures to present their travel essentials. “Each designer was given free reign to style up our signature Horizn Cabin Trolley with the personal travel items they just couldn’t live without.” (Horizn Studio: 2017) . I found this collection really interesting as each case was highly individual and told a strong story about the owners life.  I really like the way in which a collection of items and images can portray such a clear message and although every piece is displayed within a similar frame they are still all unique. This is exactly the concpet I want to encourage users to achieve within my own piece.


Nendo – One Stroke RugT

Another piece I liked was the One Stroke Rug by Nendo. This piece was designed to look like a hand drawn design and each piece is one of a kind. Each rug was mad by traditional handmade weave methods and was manufactured over a 6 month period. I feel traditional craft can help give an item longevity the owner appreciates the time, skill and effort gone into making a highly individual item.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Lesage Intérieurs – The Veil

The Wallpaper* Holy Handmade! exhibition was “…a ritual celebration of divine inspiration, high craft and the sacred union of miraculous materials, the maker’s mark and the odd infernal machine”.(Wallpaper*:2017)  Within the show I was interested by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Lesage Intérieurs’ piece The Veil. This hand stitched fabric was stretched over a large scale loom so over 10 men could work on the piece at one time. It took over 1000 hours to make and the fine stitching and visible on both sides of the piece. This simple stitch resulted in a very simple effective pattern inspired by pixels.

“Embroidery is an amazing language, full of diverse expression and manner. In a way, it’s like the origin of pixels, with each point making a part of the picture while also conveying it’s own weight and magic.” (Holy Handmade!:2017). I love the way in which a traditional piece has been inspired by something modern yet remains classic and timeless. I hope within my own work users will be able to combine contemporary imagery  with traditional craft.


Finally Storytiles are something I had previously seen in Eindhoven at the beginning of the year. These small are hand painted tiles with humorous details. They contrast classical art with modern elements and every piece is individual. On first glance they look like traditional dutch tiles, but on closer inspection they contain small pieces of artwork. Storytiles “…create something affordable that people could have in their homes, something that would make them happy, and that would exude a sense of authenticity and craftsmanship.”  (Marga van Oers :2017) I  a similar way I would like my craft kit to allow users to create a personal decorative piece for their home. As each piece contains a highly personal message I hope they will be cherished as they evoke important memories.



Holy Handmade! exhibition (2017) Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Lesage Intérieurs – The Veil 

Horizn Studio (2017) Designer showcase. Take a peek into #horiznUNPACKED at Milan Design Week ’17. [Online] [Date Accessed 15th April 2017]

Van Oars, M (2017) MARGA VAN OERS | STORYTILES. The Makers Amsterdam [Online] [Date accessed 15th April 2017]

Wallpaper* (2017) Holy Handmade! A temple of divine design from Wallpaper* [Online] [Date Accessed 15th April 2017]


Figure 1: Horizn Studios Unpacked (Photograph)

Figure 2&3: Nendo One Stroke Rug (Photograph)

Figure 4&5: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Lesage Intérieurs – The Veil (Photograph)

Figure 6: Storytiles (Photograph)




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