Mod in Milan
Milan concurs: there’s a special place in Europe’s heart for mid-century America, and it was the aesthetic of this era that dominated the Salon de Mobile last week. An office team member, Simon Flamigni, in Milan wandered off the beaten path to the outer reaches of the fair where the emphasis is less on product and more on a good time — visually and otherwise.
One such venue was staged in a famous vault beneath the Milan Centrale train station to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Surface magazine: The Diner by Rockwell Group was a re-creation of mid-century American diners in styles resembling a roadtrip across this great nation: beach bum vibes for the West Coast, quaint and classic for the Midwest, and the glitz of New York City for East Coast. Whether you’re a nomad or a next-door neighbor, the diner welcomes you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Other adventures include a stroll through the fruitful designs of Dimore Studio; the sensuous lines of Alcova Restaurant; The Tile Club (a pop-up London-style Gentleman’s club) by Matteo Cibic with Studio Blanco; a room with a view of scenes from the journeys of 18th and 19th century travellers, using the smallest glass tiles in the world by Marazzi; the smart, punchy hues of Hay; and the private residence of the late Gabriella Crespi, legendary Italian furniture designer. It’s a fabulous journey that is a lush wonder for the senses, combining smooth modern design lines with the classic ornamentation of centuries-old Italian luxe.