Last week was such a fun but exhausting week, its nice now to sit down and reflect on everything I saw during the Milano Design Week. I tried to visit as much as possible, and one of my absolute favourite places was the HAY exhibition in the Brera Design District. Here Danish HAY along with wrong.london was launching new products in an interesting setting; the old gym La Pelota.
The HAY showroom was located in a picturesque typical Milanese courtyard with fairy-lights and a lot of green. It was the perfect setting for introducing the new Palissade Collection of outdoor furniture by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Not only do they look great, they are also very comfortable to sit in as I discovered when I finally could find one that was not occupied on this busy day. The collection consists of chairs, stools, bar stools, and benches. It was designed to fit a wide range of environments and comes in light grey, anthracite & olive.
The first thing you found when entering the space is the HAY Mini Market, a market displaying all of the smaller design items and accessories by HAY. The concept is inspired by the small markets you can find when traveling to India, Turkey, Thailand and China; those places that seems to have everything from toothpaste to scissors. It was actually debuted in 2014 in Milan and has since popped up in major cities like London, Paris, Tokyo and New York. Today there are more than 30 Mini Markets around the world, and if you are lucky to live near one you should definitely plan a visit.
This year at Milano Design Week the Mini Market was selling all the classic items along with a lot of new products. HAY founders Rolf & Mette Hay have selected a range of products around the concept of traveling, such as neck pillows, tote bags, washables, earplugs and a jewellery purse. There was also a number of beautiful new notebooks by Clara von Zweigbergk and Nathalie du Pasquier on display as well as new cups and vases by Jessica Hans. HAY had also asked some of their favourite designers to contribute to the Mini Market with designing a poster which was sold during the exhibition.
Another new product in the Mini Market, and something I managed to pick up myself, is the Tann toothbrushes designed by Norwegian Andreas Engesvik together with Jordan. It is simplistic and beautiful, every design geeks dream, and was in-fact the bestselling item through the week.
A big bonus when making a purchase at this years Mini Market was that you get one of these pretty tote bags designed by British artist Richard Woods with one of his iconic prints on. Even the receipt was handed to you in a lovely little paper pouch, a great little detail.
Inside past the Mini Market and a pop-up restaurant by Chef Frederik Bille Brahe in the main part of the space HAY was exhibiting both old and new products. Here everything was displayed in individual rooms created in the large space and connected by steps. This was a great way to walk around and view everything, as you could see the rooms from up high looking down or enter them to explore more. They cleverly created ten independent environments, all quite different in colour, layout and with different products displayed, a little world of HAY.
The Can sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec aesthetically, physically and philosophically light. It is made from three basic elements, a steel frame, a set of upholstered cushions and the canvas. The sofa comes flat-packed to be assembled at home, perfect for today’s customers who want things in a quick and simple way.
“For this concept of Can, to avoid having too much structure, we decided to span a canvas onto the structure. By spanning the fabric you make something quite strong, which is going to hold, while at the same time that is soft enough to partially react to the life of the fabric.” – Erwan Bouroullec
The new PC task lamp designed by Pierre Charpin is simplistic with a round polycarbonate head, and a base made from aluminium. It has a friendly look and the arm is very sturdy so it keeps its position wherever it is moved. Actually it took three years to get to the final product, a long and slow process of transformation that has resulted in a beautiful and simple piece of design.
“One of the characteristics of the typology is that many of the same lamps could be found in the same area, one next to another. It is often the case in the work space, for example. This has to be considered for its design. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to design a very simple object, to allow more lamps to coexist in the same space without creating an aesthetic saturation.” – Pierre Charpin
The 13Eighty chair by Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings is a plastic moulded chair named because of the 1380 holes perforating the shell of the seat. It is a chair for both indoor and outdoor use depending on which base you choose for it, and the holes are added to help water drain off. The seat is stackable, the legs comes either in powder-coated steel or wooden and you can get it with or without arm rests.
“The tiny holes give the chair a characteristic aesthetic, where the transparency and play of light and shadows add to the chair’s expression, while the variations in the sizes of the holes bring a sense of movement to the visual appearance.” – Scholten & Baijings
This cute new silicon trivet are modular and can be used individually or together to create a larger runner. It was designer by Shane Schneck, and this year he has created a number of items focusing on the kitchen for HAY such as a wine and bottle opener, a ‘deconstructed dishrack’ as well as this trivet.
“Everything you bring into your space is a statement of who you are and how you have collected your life. I really like the idea of taking these mundane objects and creating something which is authentic and useful.” – Shane Schneck
The Ruban mirrors by Inga Sempé is a collection of rectangular mirrors framed by different brightly coloured ribbons. They come in five different sizes, which can be hung up on their own or placed together in a group.
“I designed those mirrors because I was interested in finding a system to have a light but not raw glass mirror.” – Inga Sempé
Pivot by Lex Pott comes in different variants that you can explore in many different ways. It is made in powder coated steel and it is available in different colours as well as this new version with mirror glass.
You can find more HAY products on their website, including the also new cool Tilt Top table!
// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad