If day one at the Milan design week was a lot about maximalism and decorative neo-surrealism, day two has offered some more simple, rational and functional form with products that you actually can use. The Dutch based neo-surrealism is touching the art landscape without having the same deep and meaning. Should we call it design or do we have to invent a new world for these kind of experiments?
What I do miss most is more examples of responsibility and sustainability. The new green lifestyle is in a strange way non-visible in Milan, at least among the big players. Tons of papers in form of catalogues and leaflets are handed out daily. CDs as well. It is a mystery why this is happening in a time when the technology allows us to share this information via internet in a more convenient and environmental friendly way.
Another thought that comes to my mind is why you are not allowed to take photographs at a lot of the shows? At Flos for instance, beefy types are in a threatening way stopping you from making your own reminiscences. Which world are they living in? Did they miss the chapter about involving the consumers and taking them to your heart?
Below you will find my images from day two at the Milan design week. Tomorrow I will visit the fairground, so stay tuned for some more design experiences. Just write a comment below if you would like to know more details about a specific image.
You can see images from Milan design week day one here.