It was Design Week in Milan and last week we popped over to enjoy a wander about some excellent shows, a delicious lunch, great coffee and the tastiest pistachio ice-cream.

From all we saw here is a selection of our favourites. Just click through the images above to see more. Some of this work will be available very shortly at M&B.

 

Marmoreal
A wonderfully crazy engineered stone by British designer Max Lamb. For the past year or more Max has been working with DZEK developing his version of terrazzo. The product name Marmoreal means ‘real marble’, but is also used to describe objects or materials that look like marble. Max’s Marmoreal is made up of 95% marble and 5% resin. It was by far the most beautiful thing we saw in Milan and the installation of camouflage furniture – super nice.

J. Hill’s Standard
New Irish crystal company that was been quietly working away in Waterford with Martino Gamper and Scholten & Baijings. It is so good to see an intelligent approach to Irish crystal and the beginning of a well planned rival for a craft that has almost died due to corporate greed.  Two collections of everyday crystal both beautiful but Martino’s was particularly so. His cuts felt intuitive and worked so well with the hand, the glasses are a pleasure. We look forward to seeing more.

Simon Kämpher
We have been selling simple wooden tray by Simon for a few months now and are big fans of his work. Our favourite piece form latest collection for Zilio A&C was a table. It is a simple, practical little table for everyday use - a table that elegantly plays with circular and rectangular form. We want one.