Opened in a former tie factory in 2002, the space in the Magenta neighborhood houses a gallery on the ground floor, a design store on the second, a basement, and an enchanting courtyard surrounded by plants. The garden pergola also functions as café and a relaxing corner.
Its founder, Rossana Orlandi, is an esteemed trendsetter. And it shows. She brings to the venue her innate aptitude for discovering emerging international talent and a keen eye for beautiful originality.
At this past Milan Design Week (from April 9-14), one could see her influence in the various projects and products in Spazio Rossana Orlandi. The curated whole was a melting pot of styles and concepts, set up along an immersive, labyrinthine path. Themes of handcraft, playfulness and experimentation were woven throughout.
Excellent names bounced around in the air. Lebanese studio, Bokja Design presented its new furniture collection, The Migration Stories. The Eindhoven-based company Booo Bulbs proposed its series of chandeliers, created by Nacho Carbonell and Formafantasma. Hanging in the garden were colorful lamps conceived by the Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón and crafted by Colombian artisans by recycling plastic bottles. The Italian company Seletti launched its new, funny dinnerware collection, created in collaboration with Toilet Paper Magazine. The BCXSY duo (Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto) presented In Between, a collection of hand-blown glass tableware commissioned by inframince inc. The eclectic Jaime Hayon welcomed visitors with his new piece, the Catch Chair, while the Tel Aviv-based designer Nir Meiri surprised visitors with his Marine Light lamp, inspired by the sea and made from seaweed.
Besides pieces by established designers, Spazio Rossana Orlandi also hosted a considerable selection of works from students at two design schools: the Swedish Konstfack (translated as University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) and SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). The students from Sweden presented Design Anima, a project focused on the consequences of fast consumption and discount culture on our environment and society. Their Chicagoan counterparts showed whatnot, a collection that explored the “visceral, perceptual, associative, emotional, and conceptual potential of color”.