Milan Design Week 2019:hi-tech interiors steal the show — from Artifical Intelligence and 3D-printing to futuristic furniture made from food waste


Milan Design Week has pushed technology to its limits. Artificial intelligence (AI) designed a skeletal chair with “minimum material” (Kartell) and a 3D printed canopy of bio resin (Cos).

Sony had human-centric “friendly” robots and LG an impossibly thin “rollable” TV screen whizzing down into a table top. A kaleidoscopic 14m tower was filled with silvery butterflies courtesy of designer Matteo Thun and 3M reflective film.

Most top fashion brands now do homewares. In Milan, Gucci’s pop-up was a cacophony of prints on every surface (it will stay open until June). Versace’s specially decorated “apartment” was similarly jazzy (if you could get in).

Not surprisingly, among the 400 events, it is the Italian furniture brands that dominate. Most of them now have London outposts with new Milan pieces coming soon. Brompton Road is already a little Italy, with splendid Minotti on the corner. Opposite is Kartell, plastic supremo, then elegant Cassina, up-beat B&B Italia, and refined Boffi, with leather masters Poltrona Frau in the Fulham Road.

Natuzzi is on the Tottenham Court Road, with Artemide lighting near by. Cappellini, king of cool, and quirky Moroso are both in Clerkenwell, and witty Alessi is just off Regent Street.


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