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BAR LUCE BY WES ANDERSON

INGRIDESIGN @ wes andesron's bar luce milano

When I heard that film director Wes Anderson (famous for indie films such as The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom to name a few) had designed the interior of Bar Luce at the Fondazione Prada I had to go and check it out.

Anderson has re-created the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè with a 1950s style full of pastel colours and quirky details, the perfect place for a drink and a bite to eat while you pretend that you’re in your favourite Wes Anderson film..

INGRIDESIGN @ wes anderson's bar luce exterior

INGRIDESIGN @ wes anderson's bar luce bartender

The bar-staff is all dressed as they have stepped out of The Grand Budapest Hotel, I kept looking for the lobby boy but he was unfortunately not around. As it was a very hot and sunny day I had a classic spritz, which I enjoyed while observing the big crowd – a mix of hipsters and Italian families on a day out.

INGRIDESIGN @ wes anderson's bar luce aperol spritz

INGRIDESIGN @ wes anderson's bar luce candy

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It has a ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ and a ‘Castello Cavalcanti’ pinball machine alongside a cool retro jukebox, a counter full of candy, cakes, food and drinks, and the most extravagance entrance to a WC I have ever seen.

“There is no ideal angle for this space. It is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc. While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.” – Wes Anderson

INGRIDESIGN @ wes anderson's bar luce table

INGRIDESIGN @ wes anderson's bar luce coffee machine

INGRIDESIGN @ wes anderson's bar luce WC

INGRIDESIGN @ wes andesron's bar luce counter

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INGRIDESIGN @ wes anderson's bar luce entrance

Bar Luce opened this weekend and is a must-see for any Wes Anderson fans!

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AN APPLE A DAY..

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All photos by Ingrid Opstad

A giant green apple has appeared in the piazza del Duomo in Milan! It is eight meter high and completely covered in natural grass. The installation is ‘Terzo Paradiso La Mela Reintegrata‘ (Third Paradise – The Reinstated Apple) and will be on display from the 3rd to 18th of May. It was created by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto using the apple as a symbol of creation and life.

“The symbol of the apple is the whole history we have behind us, starting from the bite, which is the separation of mankind from nature and origin of the artificial world as it grew to the size of today’s all-encompassing. The apple is reinstated with entry into a new era in which the artificial world and the natural world are reunited producing a new planetary balance. The Third Paradise aims to reconcile different polarities as nature and artifice and can only be realized through the assumption of collective social responsibility.” – Michelangelo Pistoletto

INGRIDESIGN apple milan art 2

INGRIDESIGN apple milan art 3

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AN EVENING AT THE EXPO 2015

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All photos by Ingrid Opstad

As it was the first weekend of the EXPO 2015 we got a pair of evening tickets (they are only 5 euros!) to have a stroll around the site. It was great to get a little overview of everything before future visit’s, it’s so big you definitely need a lot of time to see and experience everything.

We got there quite late after some transport issues. First there was no parking as this must be booked in advance, then when we decided to take the train in from the city centre the doors wouldn’t open at the right station which resulted in a bit of a detour.. So when we got there we were very hungry. Luckily there was no queue at all and the security check went smoothly, so the process of getting in was very quick. Once inside we walked down the Decumano (the central way) trying to decide where to stop for a bite to eat. There are so many options it’s hard to choose. Each country have their own pavilion, and most of these have a restaurant of some sort in it, so you can basically eat food from all over the world.

INGRIDESIGN EXPO milan 2015 japan pavilion

We ended up at the Japan Pavilion, my boyfriend had read recommendations online and we know we love Japanese food so it was a no brainer. There you can order food from 3 different famous Japanese restaurants in a food court, all through a click on a machine at the entrance. We tried the rice burger menu from MOS Burger, which seems to be Japan’s answer to McDonald’s. The menu included a burger, fries and a bottle of Coke, all for just 12euros. This was a great choice, the burger was so delicious and not too heavy because of it mainly being rice! A little bonus was this cute little “Let’s learn together with Hello Kitty about Japanese food culture” leaflet you get with the meal.

INGRIDESIGN EXPO milan 2015 japanese riceburger

After the food we had a walk through the rest of the site, and ended up at the Lake Arena in the Italian area for the final evening show. Here in the water you can find the Tree of Life surrounded by fountains coming to life with artistic water-play complemented by music and lights. The Tree of Life is a 37 metres tall wood and steel structure constructed by Orgoglio Brescia and designed by Marco Balich. The show is an amazing experience and has to be seen in real life, the highlight of our evening and a great way to end the visit.

INGRIDESIGN EXPO milan 2015 the tree of life

My first brief visit to the EXPO was very nice, and I can’t wait to go back to see (and eat) more!

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SPOTTED @ SALONE DEL MOBILE

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All photos by Ingrid Opstad

Spent this Saturday snapping away at the Salone Del Mobile exhibition in Milan, a showcase for the latest in furnishing and design. It was a massive exhibition space, so having the map at hand was a must.

So much inspiration & great design in one day, here are some of my highlights (but be warned – it’s a lot of yellow!) :

Amazing Ballo stool by Humanscale inspired by the exercise ball, I need one!

Amazing Ballo stool by Humanscale inspired by the exercise ball, I need one!

OFF modules by Scan Sørlie.

OFF modules by Scan Sørlie.

Shelving systems wall art.

Shelving systems wall art.

So much yellow this season, this new sofa from Vitra is so bright and lovely.

So much yellow this season, this sofa from Vitra is so bright and lovely.

Creative way to hang magazines by Swedese.

Creative way to hang magazines by Swedese.

Experienced the new retail concept by Lago, interactive NFC stickers you hover your smartphone over for information about the product.

New retail concept by Lago, NFC stickers you hover your phone over for info about the product.

Architectmade Danish classic wooden toys for grown-ups.

Skandium Danish classic toys for grown-ups.

Yellow pouffe with space for your coffee cup.

Yellow pouffe with space for your coffee cup.

The Dots coat hooks by Vitra

The Dots coat hooks by Muuto.

Simply beautiful wallpaper.

Simply beautiful wallpaper.

Seletti neon letters.

Seletti neon letters.

Lamps made out of cheese-graters? Why not.

Lamps made out of cheese-graters? Why not.

The PULK storage bench designed by Herman Cph.

The PULK storage bench designed by Herman Cph.

Desk-space by Calligaris.

Desk-space by Calligaris.

Clothes rack by Erba. (Just had to take a picture..)

Clothes rack by Erba. (Just had to take a picture..)

The Normann Copenhagen bell lamps.

The Normann Copenhagen bell lamps.

Love this simplistic sink and tap.

Love this simplistic sink and tap.

This sun-bed by Skagerak is perfect for a hot day.

This sun-bed by Skagerak is perfect for a hot day.

LOG 365, colourful seating by Pedrali.

LOG 365, colourful seating by Pedrali.

Yellow, grey & wood at Muuto.

Yellow, grey & wood at Muuto.

Shima; a nice little stool with an attached little turnable table by Johanson.

Shima; a nice little stool with an attached little turnable table by Johanson.

Ciao!

Ciao for now, see you next year at Salone Del Mobile!

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NORWEGIAN PRESENCE MILAN DESIGN WEEK

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All photos by Ingrid Opstad

This week I went to Norwegian Presence, a new exhibition concept presenting a mix of work by Norwegian designers, crafts artists and producers. It was a part of the Milan Design Week, and one of the exhibitions I was most excited to see hence being Norwegian. The exhibition was held in an industrial factory space in Ventura Lambrate, the perfect setting to showcase the beautiful design pieces, and featured 51 different products from 46 designers.

To help visitors navigate through the exhibition space, the area was divided into four colour-coded backgrounds chosen by Jotun. Each colour represented one of the three groups of collaboration partners; Klubben, Norwegian Crafts & Norwegian Icons. The colour palette was chosen for their resemblance to the Norwegian mountains, woods and sea. It set the tone nicely, and complimented the design well.

“Walls, like the mountains and valleys that separate the country’s population, divide the space yet invite visitors to take a tour of the land.” – Norwegian Presence

The Jotun colour palette; 1930 Lounge // 4212 Norwegian Presence // 6325 Balance // 7163 Minty Breeze

INGRIDESIGN jotun colour swatches Norwegian Presence

At the entrance the Oslo & Tokyo based Fuglen Bar had set up a pop-up bar where they were serving drinks. I tried this one with akvavit in, which is a flavoured spirit commonly produced in Scandinavia. I am not a big fan of akvavit as it is a bit too strong to my liking, but in this cocktail it was delicious!

INGRIDESIGN cocktail Norwegian Presenc

When walking through the exhibition there where information cards hanging nicely next to each of the design, so that you could pick the ones you like. Simple and effective idea, which makes it a bit more interesting for the visitor than just a normal catalogue.

INGRIDESIGN cards Norwegian Presence

Here are some of the designs I spotted at the exhibition with links to each of the designer’s websites if you want to see more;

TUTHANKA by MARGIT SELAND
“The series Tuthanka is made of white and coloured porcelain. The products have a sanded matt exterior and a transparent glazed inside. Some of the cups also have a partially glazed outer surface. The lids of the pots are preliminary sketchings, represented by some rubber corks, spools from the hardware store (yellow) and a finding from the street (the brown).”

INGRIDESIGN Tuthanka by Margit Seland Norwegian Presence

 
MULTI MEANDER I – IV by EDITH LUNDEBREKKE
“The works in this exhibition consists of a series of reliefs of coloured panels. The colours on the panels and the background colours interact through reflection and optical mixing. The same structure makes up the foundation for all four reliefs. The colours on the panels are all the same, and the background colours in each relief are complementary colours. Colours are a key element in the works, creating changing experiences in interaction with the environment and the spectator. The perception of the work changes through the spectator’s movement, and the reliefs can be assembled in many different ways. The reliefs are unique works.”

INGRIDESIGN Multi Meander I - V by Edith Lundebrekke Norwegian Presence

 
TREET by MORTEN & JONAS
“Treet is a small lounge table with a playful table top that consist of three trays made out of solid oak that have been either colour stained or smoked. The trays are held in place by a coated metal frame. The three different squares, together with a mix of colours and surfaces, create a fragmented and interesting table top.”

INGRIDESIGN Treet by Morten&Jonas Norwegian Presence

 
BUNAD BLANKET by ANDREAS ENGESVIK for MANDAL VEVERI
“National Romanticism still has a strong position in Norway, and the bunad is one of its most visible and well-known expressions. The Bunad Blankets (Bunadspledd), a series of blankets launched during the London Design Festival in September 2012, represent a simplification and translation of ideas derived from Norwegian folk costumes. The blankets introduce this rich tradition into our everyday interior environment. Based on bunad motifs from five regions in Norway, they are woven from pure wool at Mandal Veveri.”

INGRIDESIGN Bunad blanket by Andreas Engesvik Mandal Veveri Norwegian Presence

 
FELIX & VEI by SARA SKOTTE
“Flex: This is a range of vases that with its beautiful forms captures the essence of a flower. Vei: The culture of food and how we serve it have all become a big part of our experience of a meal. Food is sensual, hence how it is served and on what should appeal just as much to our senses. What Sara wants to achieve with this range of tableware called Vei, the Norwegian word for road, is to design products one immediately wants to touch, that are inspiring and that touches the user.”

INGRIDESIGN Felix&Vei by Sara Skotte Norwegian Presence

 
KROBO by TORBJØRN AFDAL for FJORDFIESTA
“In 1960 Torbjørn Afdal designed the multi-purpose bench Krobo. It became an instant classic in Norway because of its unique flexibility and many uses. The bench was re-launched by Fjordfiesta in cooperation with Utopia Retro Modern in 2014. The design studio Anderssen & Voll drew a new range of accessories for the bench as well. Torbjørn Afdal, who started working as a designer at Bruksbo Tegnekontor in 1946, was one of the most prolific post-war Norwegian designers.”

INGRIDESIGN Krobo by Torbjørn Afdal for Fjordfiesta Norwegian Presence

 
DOKKA by NORTHERN LIGHTING
“In 1954, Dokka was the first Norwegian lamp ever to be awarded the highly regarded Golden Medal at the Milan Triennale. Designed by Birger Dahl, this functional light icon, also known as Pendel s/10053, was produced and sold by the Norwegian electricity company Sønnico (Oslo) for many years. Dokka became one of the best-selling Norwegian pendant lamps ever produced, until the day Sønnico ended its lighting production and lamp sales came to an abrupt end. In 2007 Northern Lighting re-launched this design classic, taking care to preserve the main shape and features that originally made it such a popular lamp.”

INGRIDESIGN Dokka by Northern Lighting Norwegian Presence

 
If you want to see all the designs exhibited at the Norwegian Presence, then click here. The exhibition definitely testify that the Norwegian design community is growing, and is a great way to show off some of the talented designers from our country to the rest of the world!

In the Milan area? Make sure you visit!

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L.O.V.E. MILAN

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All photos by Ingrid Opstad

Yesterday we spent the day in sunny Milan. We had a wander around in the main shopping street which was quite full even for a Tuesday.

INGRIDESIGN duomo milan

For lunch we went to the Brian & Barry Building (again), for a piadina at Eataly on the -1 floor. I had the classic prosciutto, squacquerone cheese & rocket, and it was very good! If you haven’t had a piadina before then I recommend trying one in Italy as it is a nice lighter option to a sandwich. It reminds me a bit of a tortilla, but the difference is that it’s made from flour instead of corn for a softer flavour.

INGRIDESIGN brian&barry building  milan

INGRIDESIGN no logo tee

(The NO LOGO top is from Pull&Bear!)

INGRIDESIGN piadina at eataly

INGRIDESIGN eataly milan

Then we went to Piazza Affari to look at this 13 feet tall sculpture of a massive middle finger in front of the stock exchange. It was designed by Mauritzio Cattelan who pokes fun at popular culture, history, and religion with black humor. The sculpture is called L.O.V.E. which is an acronym of libertà (freedom), odio (hate), vendetta (revenge), and eternità (eternity), but is popularly known as just “The Middle Finger”.

“Officially it’s name is L.O.V. E. – so it stands for love – but everyone can read between the lines and take away the message they see for themselves.” – Maurizio Cattelan

INGRIDESIGN L.O.V.E. sculpture milan

The day ended with a coffee at the Juicebar, a nice place but I might have to go back to try one of their juices next time.

i love you a latte INGRIDESIGN

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