• ArchiExpo e-Magazine - #45 - Milan 2018 - ArchiExpo e-Magazine

    Special Issue

    Special Issue

    Milan Design Week #Special

    Dear Readers,

    This special issue on Milan Design Week coincides with the Year of Achille—marking the 100th birthday of Achille Castiglioni, the Italian architect and designer who received the Compasso d’Oro award seven times! Remembered for iconic designs like the Mezzadro stool, Arco lamp and Sella Stool, his daughter Giovanna, director of the Achille Castiglioni Foundation, launched the exhibition ‘100×100 Achille‘. It features 100 objects signed by 100 anonymous designers, many of whom had known Achille personally: Alessandro Mendini, Michele De Lucchi, Andrea Branzi, Lorenzo Damiani, Marcel Wanders, Jasper Morrison, Philippe Starck, Konstantin Grcic and others.    

    Many of the objects designed by Achille Castiglioni have been produced by companies including Alessi, B&B Italia, Danese, Driade, Flos, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Kartell and Zanotta. Achille Castiglioni passed away in Milan on December 2, 2002.

    Responsible for the education of several of our renowned designers today—such as Patricia Urquiola—, the reminiscence of Castiglioni makes this issue exceptional. You will find a little bit of everything here as we unveil some of the best exhibitions and products from the fair and around the city.

    Get a little taste of the Corallo cinatram, designed by architect and designer Cristina Celestino, in our video tour!


    Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief

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    Contemporary living in three categories: classic, design and luxury
    Courtesy of Ton

    We dig into the theme of this year’s Salone del Mobile which splits into three categories: classic, design and timeless luxury.   Last week, the city that holds the global title of de facto design capital was once again hit by storm, with the 57th edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Held April 17-22 in Milan,...

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    A screening room on rails!
    Courtesy of Cristina Celestino

    A screening room on rails! Designer and architect Cristina Celestino transformed the historical tram of 1928 into a traveling “cinema” which circulates the Brera Design District. Celestino tailor-made the interior of Corallo to reflect her aesthetic preference of precious materials, references to the past, contemporary intuitions and visionary spirit; she split it into two zones such as seen in theaters and cinemas: the foyer and the screening room.

    The foyer acts as a waiting room featuring rigorous settees, windows screened by Rubelli drapes and soft inlaid carpeting. A light passementerie curtain separates the foyer and the screening room, where ottomans offer comfortable seating for visitors. Ribbon windows at the back of the tram offer surreal footage of Milan and its urban landscapes, “an unforeseen cinematic perspective on the city of Milan.”

    Check out our video tour of the Corallo:   

    Designer and architect Cristina Celestino has received many international prizes and honors, including the Special Jury Prize in the “Salone del Mobile.Milano Awards” in 2016 and an Elle Deco International Design Award with the “Plumage” facings project for BottegaNove. She designed the Happy Room collection for Fendi presented at DesignMiami 2016. In 2017, for Sergio Rossi, she created an exclusive interior design and a collection of furnishings for the concept of the new boutiques.


    Read our article on some of the great products and projects we found in the Brera Design District.


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    Technology will not kill design.
    Ratio by Belgian architect Vincent van Duysen. Courtesy of Molteni&C|Dada

    Discover the evolution of the kitchen with brands who combine technology and design for the in-demand efficient and emotional experience of today.   Two years ago Eurocucina and its collateral event FTK showcased the latest innovations in smart kitchen technology, increasingly sought after by consumers. This is one...

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    Allyson Pereyra

    Born and raised in the concrete jungle of NYC, Allyson is passionate about languages—she speaks, reads and writes in five.

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    Mairi Beautyman

    Mairi Beautyman is a journalist based out of Berlin. She’s been writing about design and architecture since 2001.

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    Erin Tallman

    Erin Tallman is a journalist and the Editor in Chief for ArchiExpo e-magazine. She contributes to other online publications and, as an author, has already published her first novel.

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    Vanessa Liwanag

    Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod’Art International in Paris and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide.

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    Erin Gigl

    Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

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