The City I Fell For | Milan Design Week Highlights

Well what can I say, just wow. It was my first experience at Milan Design Week and I can’t even put into words how much fun the whole experience was. Of course I was predominantly there for work reasons but luckily for me the work just involved lots of walking, socialising and eating cheese – that’s the design world in Milan and yes it does work for making connections! 

The October team stayed in a lovely air bnb in Chinatown which is a pretty central location and a short walking distance away from the buzzing Brera district. I was immediately sucked in by the beautiful architecture and hidden courtyards that Milan had to offer and this is certainly not a place to judge a building by it’s facade. Hidden behind grand doors lie far grander palazzos and picturesque fountains and greenery which you could easily while away an afternoon, providing there’s Aperol of course. I have to say that I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with the place as much as I did, it’s never happened in Italy for me before but alas, this time it did. Maybe it was the buzz of the design scene or the great company during the late nights at Bar Basso, but Milan I’ll be back! For now I’ll just reminisce over some of my favourite bits and cry about my non-existent vegetarian arancini – still absolutely distraught about this fact, although I did make up for it with gelato and espresso! Click on the captions to find out more and sorry for the massively visual post. 

Elisa Strozyk
Issey Miyake x iitala
Form & Seek
Fritz Hansen

Do You Read Me?
Design Academy Eindhoven

Norwegian Structure
Alexander Mueller
Lee Broom


So there’s a few highlights. I’m actually going to be doing some more in-depth posts on my favourite favourites which aren’t shown here, so stay tuned for some interesting illustration and design students all the way from Chicago! Oh, a little cheeky bit of Wes Anderson-designed bar, Bar Luce to come your way soon too!

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