During fashion week, Miuccia Prada is Queen of Milan, but during design week another woman is bestowed the imaginary crown.
With Day 2 under their new Italian leather belts, our men of Salone del Mobile, interior designers Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds, report that Patricia Urquiola, the Spanish designer made honorary Milanese since moving there, is toast of the town. She’s showing an impressive range of work for a wine cellar’s worth of big manufacturers, including Kartel, Kettle, Morosso and Molteni & Co. (and that was just what they saw in exhibition halls 16 and 20).
Biknit armchair and chaise, Patricia Urquiola for Morosso
Redondo, Patricia Urquiola for Morosso
Night & Day, Patricia Urquiola for Molteni & Co.
Vieques, Patricia Urquiola for Kettel
And what of the scene surrounding the designs at i Saloni? Says Chad, “There is obvious pressure for the manufacturers to make deals with the retailers who flock here from around the globe. The international design media clamour to get sound bites from the designers who are elevating labels to superstardom. But a number of people at the fair are interior designers and architects like us who are here to simply admire and rally around the creative genius of product designers like Queen Patricia.”
All hail a queen that makes her own thrones for civilians to sit upon.