In case you missed Milan Design Week 2019 (April 9 to April 14) either in person or on Instagram last week, firstly, where have you been hiding? Design took over the Italian city for one week only and from Salone del Mobile — the international design fair at Fiera Milano Rho — to Fuorisalone — the rest of the city's offering — there was a little something for everyone.
We paced the streets of Milan searching for the best brands in attendance and 100,000 steps later, we think we've found them. Here are nine brands that we spotted while at Milan Design Week so you can get a head start on pre-ordering before they all sell out.
We don't like to play favorites, but if we did, our favorite launch would hands down go to the mystical L'OBJET x Haas Brothers collection presented in Brera Design District. Inspired by the whimsical landscape of Joshua Tree, Los Angeles-based artists Simon and Nikolai Haas have created a family of character-rich creatures that have been turned into eclectic interior accessories. Better yet, you can already shop the collection. We've got our eyes on the signature Mojave Palm candle developed with perfumer Yann Vasnier. Hand-poured and detailed with 24K gold, the relief pattern on the candle's vessel glows like a desert as the wax burns down. Pure magic.
Interesting glassware is back with a bang and Nude Glass was certainly top of their game when it came to unique styles and on-trend colorways. The latest collections by the brand were designed in collaboration with Space Copenhagen, Sebastian Herkner, Defne Koz, and legendary Iris Apfel. While we await the new products to drop (not literally please), we're lusting after this similarly on-trend corrugated glass vase designed by Tamer Nakisçi. The rippled effect creates an optical illusion reflecting the different colors of the contents, like a few magazines and dried foliage.
Gucci's new homeware additions were a big hit on Instagram and we were right there with the masses when it came down to drooling over the maximalist collection. Seemingly, fashion brands really are taking over when it comes to lavish displays. Grab a slice of the action for yourself with this black cat incense burner made from Richard Ginori porcelain and featuring a rounded design printed with images inspired by Gucci's ready-to-wear collection. Meow!
British designer Tom Dixon always guarantees an interesting performance and this year was no exception with the designer opting to open a permanent shop and restaurant in the heart of Milan. The Manzoni, a 100-cover restaurant created by Dixon's Design Research Studio, features an array of Dixon-designed products and quite frankly, the best toilets in Milan. Take a slice of it home with the new Abstract cushions, hand-tufted by skilled craftsmen in India and perfect for any interior setting.
Stockholm-based independent design brand Hem decked out a gallery and garden in the heart of Brera, presenting new 2019 designs from Max Lamb, Lucidi Pevere, and a limited edition ceramic centerpiece by "supergroup" John Booth and Ian McIntyre that was quite the crowd-pleaser. Perhaps it was our weary feet, but we fell in love with the Kumo modular two-seater sofa by Anderssen & Voll, which was presented in new variations of rust red and black leather. Japanese for cloud, Kumo is a ship-smart modular system that can be configured as a one-, two-, three-, or four-seater system and you can get your hands on existing versions now.
Lighting in fluid, organic shapes is massive right now and British brand Tala launched three new additions in Milan, including the Magma, Sphere, and Alumina models — each just as beautiful as the last. You'll have to bookmark the webpage of these models for launch later this year but in the meantime, the Voronoi III Brass Ceiling Light has hit the spot for us. Championing an elegant droplet shape, the Fibonacci-inspired spiral of LED filaments is wrapped around a central column and placed in mouth-blown glass bulbs, which will bring a warm, amber glow to your home.
Showcased in one of Milan's newest venues, ex-panettone factory Alcova, Oddness is a new label for interior decor that involves uncommon production techniques. We were initially drawn to the new Bubblegraphy range thanks to its vivid, inky blue hues — another color trend for 2019 — but were blown away by the manufacturing process. Each vase is created by blowing air bubbles into a glaze, creating a three-dimensional motif unique to every design.
Be still our beating hearts. Is this not the most perfect fringed light you've ever seen? We spotted Spanish brand Houtique at Salone del Mobile launching the new "déjà vu" collection — a playful take on everything postmodern, colorful, and fringed. While the new collection is not available to buy just yet, the Wink wall lamp, designed in collaboration with Masquespacio, has temporarily satisfied all of our yellow and gold desires.
Founded by J.J. Martin in 2015, Milanese brand La DoubleJ has expanded from a shoppable magazine selling vintage clothes and jewelry, to a full lifestyle label offering archival prints, interior accessories, and rare vintage finds. Having launched the first of its homeware in 2017, this year the brand has launched an all-new collection of tabletop items, kitchen linens, ceramic vases, and for the first time, bedding. We're smitten with this velvet and embroidered cushion cover with fringe trim — the perfect nod to the rise of mythology — but there's plenty of other bold patterned options for the taking, too.