The Milan Report


Three freelance journalists hightail it to Milan Design Week to give us their take on global design innovations in The Milan Report.

Knowing what it takes to publish even ADC's monthly newsletter makes me awestruck at the breadth of coverage completed in just six weeks - including a frenetic week in Milan navigating the city, conducting interviews, taking photographs and making sense of a serious Japanese-food-hall-like array of exhibitions, events and objects. Hats off to Penny Craswell (who I'm delighted to have on the ADC team), Marcus Piper and London based Giovanna Dunmall for creating an exciting glimpse of Milan's design jewel and a beautiful publication (printed by the fabulous team at Digital Press).

I'm intrigued by how they did it - using the new Dropbox Paper tool - returning to their corners of the globe to collaborate remotely on the content. We'll be checking Dropbox Paper out for a project here soon.

Three things, among the many, that fascinated me included an article about Danish start up Really who have collaborated with textile giant Kvadrat to create a new material out of end of life cotton and wool from the textile industry. This new material can be made into a soft felt-like fabric or a hard board for use in furniture and building. No dyes, water or chemicals are used in the making process.

On a less serious note the product launch by fashion label COS was an immersive installation that captivated young and old alike. Teaming up with Studio Swine, COS filled an old cinema with scent, music and bubbles, giving people an other-worldly experience.

The interview of four design curators of regional and national shows that asks whether there is a national design identity or whether we're all global now has some interesting insights. Included in this article is the indefatigable Emma Elizabeth of Local Design. Emma curated Local Milan with the work of 11 Australian designers. We're really delighted to be presenting this exhibition later this month at ADC so the Sydney audience can see this world-class work.

There is so much to enjoy in this publication. I highly recommend a read.

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Lisa Cahill, ADC CEO and Artistic Director

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