Milan 2011 - Rossana Orlandi
We didn’t make it to the Wallpaper Handmade show at Brioni, Elle Decor’s Young Talent at Stella McCartney or Established & Sons (strategic decisions have to be made) but there was no way we were missing out on a trip to Spazio Rossana Orlandi, the Milan institution. A highlight for many this year, the venerable Orlandi always pulls together an eclectic mix of designers and brands to produce a feast for the eyes. This year was no exception.
Set around a courtyard, designers from Scandinavia to Japan showed an amazing array of products, from porcelain birds, lighting and furniture all by Jaime Hayon, a beautiful installation by Daniel Rybakken and Story Vases by Front produced in collaboration with 5 South African women. The vases actually tell the stories of these women using traditional Zulu beadwork and touch on subjects including family, poverty and the effect of HIV on their society.
Also on show were delicate paper vases by Torafu Architects, and teardrop glass pendants by the students of Sweden’s Konstfack school. A definite high point was the Oak Inside installation by Christien Meindertsma for Thomas Eyck.
To end our Milan coverage, we thought we would let the pictures do the talking, so here is a selection of what was on offer at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.