• Moooi Unexpected Welcome with Erwin Olaf // Milan 2013.


    Posted on 23rd April, by Dana Tomić Hughes in art, events + exhibitions, personal, photography, product design, set design + styling, travel. 10 Comments

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Dulux Colour Trends 2014 | Yellowtrace Milan 2013

     

    I am extremely excited to be partnering with Dulux to bring you my comprehensive Milan 2013 report. Over the next couple of weeks, you can expect to see a series of posts which will cover my favourite moments, products, places and installations from Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week in more detail. All of this is made possible by our friends at Dulux, and I really want to thank them for their valuable support.

    Ok, seriously now. Feel free to get super excited as we will literally be saturating ourselves in extreme design goodness on steroids. Good or good? Great!

     

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo ©<br /> Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Unexpected Welcome by Moooi, held at 56 Via Savona in Milan.
    Photos by Nick Hughes // © Yellowtrace.

     

    I decided to begin my Milan report with one of my favourite shows during the busy week – Unexpected Welcome by Moooi. My excitement about this event started to build several weeks ago after I received a personal email from Marcel Wanders to attend a very special preview. Not only was I thrilled about the invitation itself (ummm, heeeellllooooo // oh hi Yellowtrace, we think you’re pretty excellent, so why don’t you come hang with the best of the best in Milan… there will only be about 10 of us there… // I mean, who wouldn’t be excited about THAT?!) I was also really keen to experience Moooi’s biggest showing in Milan to date.

     

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Erwin Olaf posing for one of the journalists. We simply couldn’t resist…
    Photos by Nick Hughes // © Yellowtrace.

     

    Unexpected Welcome was precisely as the name suggests. A world unto itself dreamed up by Moooi and their long term collaborator Erwin Olaf. The Dutch company transformed a vast 1,700sqm space into a series of hyper-real dramatically lit sets displaying new product by Marcel Wanders, Studio Job, Joost van BleiswijkBertjan Pot, Neri&HuNika Zupanc, Edward van VlietLorenza BozzoliZmikMoooi Works/Bart Schilder and Raimond Puts. These sets were paired with 4.5m tall super-sized backdrops of arresting images by the master Dutch photographer.

     

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Unexpected Welcome by Moooi, held at 56 Via Savona in Milan.
    Photos by Nick Hughes // © Yellowtrace.

     

    Each setting provided an escape and told it’s own story. There was a beautiful tension created by the irreverent, sometimes flirtatious styling of the furniture, props and lighting, while the haunting and enigmatic backdrops provided a real sense of grandeur and drama. Just like these perfectly executed images layered with narrative, the art direction and styling of Moooi’s collection matched the attention to detail in it’s own unique way.

     

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    That’s me having a laugh about something or other while chatting to Casper Vissers (CEO of Moooi who was fantastic to talk to). I am sitting in the new Bart Armchair, designed by Moooi Works/Bart Schilder. 
    Photos by Nick Hughes // © Yellowtrace.

     

    I began to imagine each setting as a home, a hotel, a restaurant, a lobby, a retail space or a club, and concluded neither of them quite matched any of those spatial typologies. At the same time I imagined that each setting could serve as any one of those spaces quite easily. For me, this is a true testament to a successful collaboration and superb art direction and styling. An entire concept nailed and executed perfectly.

     

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    Moooi Unexpected Welcome show at Milan Design Week 2013 // Photo © Yellowtrace.

    That’s a particularly unflattering photo or me in a Moooi sandwich – Casper Vissers (CEO & Founder) on the left, and Marcel Wanders (Creative Director & Founder) on the right.
    Photos by Nick Hughes // © Yellowtrace.

     

    In case you feel like you haven’t seen enough of this installation from our photos (doubt it!), you can see a 360° panorama of the show by clicking right here.

    And with this many images in the post already, why stop now, right? Exactly. Below are a few of my favourite pieces from Moooi’s new collection launched in Milan.

     

    Labyrinth Chair Original by Studio Job for Moooi | Yellowtrace.
    Labyrinth Chair Original by Studio Job for Moooi.
    Image courtesy of Moooi.

    Bucket Floor Lamp by Studio Job for Moooi | Yellowtrace.
    Bucket Floor Lamp by Studio Job for Moooi.
    Image courtesy of Moooi.

    'Common Comrades' Scholar (left) and Tailor (right) by Neri&Hu for Moooi | Yellowtrace.
    ‘Common Comrades’ Scholar (left) and Tailor (right) by Neri&Hu for Moooi.
    Image courtesy of Moooi.

    Paper Patchwork Wardrobe by Studio Job for Moooi | Yellowtrace.
    Paper Patchwork Wardrobe by Studio Job for Moooi.
    Image courtesy of Moooi.

    Urbanhike by Marcel Wanders for Moooi | Yellowtrace.
    Urbanhike by Marcel Wanders for Moooi.
    Image courtesy of Moooi.

    Construction Lamp WhiteWood S 80 by Joost van Bleiswijk for Moooi | Yellowtrace.
    Construction Lamp WhiteWood S 80 by Joost van Bleiswijk for Moooi.
    Image courtesy of Moooi.

     

    Dulux Colour Trends 2014 | Yellowtrace Milan 2013


    [Product images courtesy of Moooi. All photos by Nick Hughes // © Yellowtrace.]

     





  • 10 Responses to “Moooi Unexpected Welcome with Erwin Olaf // Milan 2013.”

    1. Helen Dunne says:

      You look fantastic and fit in very well to your stylish surrounds.

    2. LP says:

      Wow. This has certainly brightened up my Tuesday morning. Love it! Fantastic photos by Husband.

      LP

      PS. Unflattering photo?! Pfft!

    3. Lauren says:

      Wow, what fantastic images and omg to get an email from Marcel Wanders, that is so cool. Love the Bert chair you’re sitting on, so cute!

    4. [...] the giant scale and incredibly creative set design. You can also see more photos over on the Yellowtrace blog as Dana was one of the select few to attend the preview. Lucky [...]

    5. [...] friends at Space Furniture have announced their 2014 Design Residency in partnership with our friends at Moooi. So many friends, so little time! No, but seriously guys, this is VERY cool, so please read [...]

    6. [...] than ever. This year we travelled to Milan for Salone del Mobile where we were lucky to meet with Moooi founders Casper Vissers & Marcel Wanders; we completed a number of awesome design projects (some of which I’ve shared with you [...]

    7. […] Unexpected Welcome on Via Savona, accompanied with the photography by Massimo Listri. Photo © Nick Hughes / […]



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