out and about :: ventura lambrate

Katie | April 30, 2012

One of the main design districts for Milan Design Week is Lambrate, so that was the second stop on our trip. Luckily for someone with no sense of direction like me, Dezeen had produced this handy guide, which was available to download from the Ventura Projects website and pick up around the district.

Ventura Lambrate map 2012

It’s quite a compact area with a real festival feel so we got into the spirit and started with a gelato (and an espresso… well, when in Milan!)

Gelato stand Milan

Caffeine, icy, sugary cravings indulged we got down to some serious design hunting. Here are my top picks from Ventura Lambrate…

Hook Line Depping

I absolutely loved the simplicity of Hook by Line Depping, part of Mindcraft12, a collection of Danish craft and design. The exhibition included a section downstairs which deconstructed the making process – I always enjoy getting a glimpse behind the scenes like this.

Hook Line Depping

Lee Broom‘s Public House was an absolute highlight and it was a pleasure to meet the man himself – he’s so lovely! Interview to follow, but in the meantime, these are the newest addition to Lee’s collection, hand-blown and hand-cut crystal light bulbs.

Lee Broom Crystal Bulb Ventura Lambrate Milan

Werner Aisslinger‘s Chair Farm was a treat too – imagining a future when we can grow furniture rather than manufacturing it. I love the stuffed rabbit (although I’m hoping it wasn’t real!).

Werner Aisslinger Chair Farm Ventura Lambrate Milan

I thought Viminibidi was fantastic. Designer Giulia Cavazzani describes it as a ‘parasite’ that grows on mass-produced plastic chairs found in gardens and beach bars, giving them additional functionality – in this case a magazine pocket. It is made entirely from hand-woven wickerwork.

Viminibidi Giulia Cavazzani

This Alice in Wonderland inspired tea pot was made by Rachel Boxnbolm by creating the desired shape from fabric and using it as a form for the ceramic, then burning off the fabric during the firing process. The result is a kooky but entirely functional and quite lovely teapot.

Alice by Rachel Boxnbolm Milan

This Book Light by Barbara Vos caught my eye too – I love the shapes the curled pages make.

Barbara Vos Book Light

The Bubble Chair by Kevin Yu Jui Chou, on display as part of the Han Gallery exhibition, combines traditional skill and materials in the bamboo balls with a modern assembly and style.

Bubble Chair Kevin Yu Jui Chou

The sign says it all! This fab collection of objects is Next Sofa by Mikolaj Wierszyttowski, Cousin Cuento Pillows by Katarzyna Cebulak and Plum Table by Tomasz Augustyniak.

Plum Cousin Cuento Next Ventura Lambrate

I loved Neven Kovacic‘s reinterpretation of traditional katriga stools, part of a collection of work by Croatian designers inspired by tourism.

Neven Kovacic

All in a all, a great morning in a fabulous area – even the graffiti, wall patina and flyers were inspiring…

Ventura Lambrate Milan

Further reading for the especially geeky:

 

Further Reading for the Especially Geeky ::

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Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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