Our top picks for Milan Design Week: An extra spot for fashion brands

Milan – You know the drill: the confines of the Milan Design Week expand every year, and your Fear of Missing Out grows along with it. We’ve put together a series of lists, by category, to help you better navigate the maelstrom, from the stands at Euroluce to the hidden corners of Tortona.

Here is the fourth in our series: Milan’s fashion week is a grand showcase for clothing brands, but the city’s Design Week is also proving to be a fruitful extra spot for fashion’s biggest names. We’ve put together a list of standalone installations and unexpected collaborations on display next week.

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WHAT: DL Range
WHO: DesignByThem x Dion Lee
HOW: This is a name we didn’t expect to see here – and yet, as fans of his beautifully tailored slow-casual dresses, we couldn’t be happier. Cult Australian designer Dion Lee teamed up with DesignByThem founders Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis to create a lounge chair and a bench in a range of saddle leather colours. Lee’s inspiration? The slung leather designs of the Bauhaus era.
WHERE: Studio Via Farini
ADDRESS: Via Carlo Farini 35

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WHAT: The Lost Sailor
WHO: Camper x Coco Capitán
HOW: Camper’s Brutus boots have been given the Coco Capitán treatment, via blue-black colour blocking, rope-inspired laces and upcycled sail fabric. For this occasion, the brand’s Montenapoleone store features a special installation inspired by the repurposed sail material included in both the shoes and the drawstring backpack they come in.
WHERE: Camper Montenapoleone
ADDRESS: Via Montenapoleone 6

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WHAT: Conifera
WHO: COS x Arthur Mamou-Mani
HOW: COS’ name is always high on our list of immersive installations – just remember the misty features of their Studio Swine installation or check the #milandesignweek hashtag on Instagram to see just how often Phillip K. Smith III’s mirrored environment made it to people’s feeds. This year, they brand has teamed up with Arthur Mamou-Mani to present an exercise in efficient-yet-impactful parametric design, and building with bioplastic.
WHERE: Palazzo Isimbardi
ADDRESS: Corso Monforte 35

From top to bottom: Dion Lee and COS

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WHAT: Waste No More
WHO: Eileen Fisher x Li Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano
HOW: After last year’s standout installation at Ventura Centrale, Eileen Fisher moves to a vaulted courtyard at Rossana Orlandi to provide ‘a quiet sanctuary, a spiritual space filled with white.’ Edelkoort and Fimmano’s main goal is to display the many shades of white that were discovered during the process of creating the installation.
WHERE: Rossana Orlandi
ADDRESS: Via Matteo Bandello 14

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WHAT: New home collections
WHO: Hermès Maison x Charlotte Macaux Perelman and Alexis Fabry
HOW: The brand's artistic co-directors will turn the ample pelota court into a structured display area for Hermès Maison’s new collections of lighting, objects, textiles, furnishing fabrics and wallpaper. The key element to take note of during a visit? According to Macaux Perelman and Fabry, it’s the diversity of the brand’s work with various materials.
WHERE: La Pelota
ADDRESS: Via Palermo 10

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WHAT: Journey of a Raindrop – The strange attraction of water
WHO: Issey Miyake x Jólan van der Wiel
HOW: Before you say ‘A Dutch person talking about water? How unexpected!’ hear us out. What makes Van der Wiel’s work so impressive is his ability to use biophilic research and turn it into a tool for spatial design – he doesn’t focus on objects, but on designing the devices that produce the objects. That explains why Journey of a Raindrop features installations that are both process and performance – for example, a spiral shows how rain dances with wind, while water streaming upwards evokes evaporation.
WHERE: Issey Miyake Quadrilatero store
ADDRESS: Via Bagutta 12

From top to bottom: Eileen Fisher, Issey Miyake and Marni

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WHAT: No Man’s Land
WHO: Kvadrat x Raf Simons
HOW: Simons’ sixth collaboration with Kvadrat is an even deeper exploration of what the two parts refer to as the microarchitecture of yarn. This joint research has produced four new textile options: Atom, Phlox, Novus 1 and Novus 2.

Oh, and by the way, looking for a place to have an aperitivo? Shoreditch’s Rochelle Canteen and its wine list will be joining Kvadrat with a food residency at the exhibition space.
WHERE: Garage 21
ADDRESS: Via Archimede 26

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WHAT: Moon Walk
WHO: Marni x Colombian artisans
HOW: As Netflix is working on an adaptation of 100 Years of Solitude, we can’t help but wonder: Maybe Macondo’s magic-realist furniture can look the way that Marni and their collaborating group of Colombian artisans envision theirs? The animal-like chairs, the tribal totems, the colourful chaise longues – the Moon Walk collection is vibrant and fun in a way that is very Marni, but also somewhat out of this world.
WHERE: Marni in Porta Romana
ADDRESS: Viale Umbria 42

Want to read our other category picks? You can do so here throughout the week.

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