Milan Design Week – Finding Inspiration in Italy

Designers  often ask their clients to start inspiration files when beginning a new project. It’s a great way for the client and designer to collaborate creatively. What better way to convey their wish list, style preferences, or to reference a detail to their design professional. After all a picture is worth a thousand words. There are some fantastic tools available on-line today, like Houzz www.houzz.com and Pinterest www.pinterest.com . You can search through literally thousands of images, create idea books or inspiration boards to which you can upload and pin images to your heart’s content. And they’re free! It’s hard to believe that back in the day, we would tear pages from magazines and actually put them in a file! We’ve come a long way since then.

So where do designers go to get inspired? Recently I had a wonderful opportunity to attend the Salone Internazionale del Molbile 2014 in Milan, Italy. It’s the largest trade exhibition of it’s type in the world. This year it included Eurocucina and Salone Bagno – kitchens and baths as it does bi-annually. I always find travel a great source of inspiration but when combined with a show of this magnitude, it seemed that everywhere I looked I was taking in the latest trends and styles in kitchens, baths and furniture. At times it felt like sensory overload! In the evenings I attended off-site events which continued to stimulate my creativity. Around Tortona Design provided yet another venue for inspiring exhibits, pop-up shops and sensory experiences rounding out my trip to Design Week in Milan. My inspiration quota has been filled

I’ll be blogging about some of my favourite finds from Milan over the next few weeks so be sure to check back for more inspiration from Italy.

Until next time, here’s one of my favourite bathroom vignettes by Falper which I found at Salone Bagno 2014.

Ciao!

"Just add water"

“Just add water”

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