“I wanted to supersize my designs after so many years of working on a small scale,” said the London-based jeweler Lara Bohinc, who designed a table with a series of thick, sliding stone tops as part of Wallpaper’s annual Handmade exhibition at Milan’s Salone del Mobile. “My background is in product design and, well, shapes are shapes. I like the idea of working with the mini and the maxi,” added Bohinc, a guest at the opening of Wallpaper magazine’s show at Milan’s Leclettico gallery, not far from the Stazione Centrale.
Bohinc joined guests including Renzo Rosso, Brendan Mullane, Desiree Mejer, Tom Dixon and Yves Béhar, who gazed at design collaborations including a cork jacket created by Todd Bracher together with the Portuguese company Corticeira Amorim; a portrait by Ian Wright made entirely of colored Caran d’Ache pencils; and leather skis by Bally. Sony, meanwhile, had made 4K Ultra HD films of some of the works in progress, also a part of the show, which runs all week during the Salone.
“We’ve brought light to walls covered in Brioni fabric,” said the brand’s creative director Brendan Mullane, describing the brand’s collaboration with Michael Anastassiades on an installation that is off-site, in the windows of the Brioni store on via Gesù. “This is an opening to a future project – and an even better collaboration with him,” said Mullane.
Rosso, meanwhile, had a firm favorite in the show. “Mamma mia! Those vases lined with silver, the ones that keep the temperature constant, were the best,” he said, referring to a wine and Champagne set by Scholten & Baijings for Czech glassmakers Verreum . The Jaguar, however, with wheels made by the architect and designer Vincenzo di Cotiis, didn’t impress him as much. “I think the Aston Martin has more class.”
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, who created a designer’s tool belt with Valextra leathers, endeavored to marry decor with function. “You can hang it on your waist, or hang it on the wall!” said Duchaufour-Lawrance, pointing to the elegant belt and its grainy leather pouches filled with pencils, rulers, scissors and an iPhone. “I try to make objects that are poetic,” he said.