Nothing can prepare a first-time visitor to Milan Design Week for the sheer scale of the event.
'Isaloni', the name given to the main fair, covers some 200,000m2 alone; then there are the hundreds of events, exhibitions and parties that take place throughout the city day and night during the week. Furniture doesn't get any more glamorous.
'Salone Satellite' is a part of the main fair which gives top design schools and young designers from all over the world the opportunity to present new work with the chance of it being seen by one of the furniture bigwigs in town. Although sifting your way through some of the inevitable pretentious blurb can become tedious, it is still one of the most interesting and exciting parts of the show.
Meanwhile, in the centre of town, the Ford Motor Company chose to unveil its latest prototype car 021C to the design crowd. Created by interior and furniture designer Marc Newson, the cute Cortina-like car was presented in the space used by fashion house Fendi for its catwalk shows, and the company made its presence felt by hanging two monogrammed dice over the dashboard.
The best thing about the fair? It is really a celebration of everything that calls itself design. Whether gilt and faux-mahogany four-poster beds are your thing, or you're after the latest work by some of the world's most talented and creative designers, you'll have no trouble finding it all here.
Staff on Montina's stand were seen conducting serious business on these beech stools with combined work surface by Konstantin Gricic. The work top is the perfect size for your laptop and cappuccino. For uk suppliers of Montina contact 0039 0432 756081.
At Salone Satellite, Sydney-based designer Marc Schamburg showed Rigalo di Canto. The plastic shells rotate around the central colour-changing light source.
The Cinquenta steel-framed armchair designed by William Sawaya was new for April at Sawaya and Moroni.
Sawaya and Moroni presented a strong collection in their city centre showroom. Mario Cacanzi's 'Anzi' is a lacquered sideboard with rotating storage elements that can be accessed from both sides. Contact Sawaya and Moroni on tel 0039 0286395212.