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Antonio Marras, Eligo - Labyrinths & Wires Installation Milan Design Week 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes | #Milantrace2016Antonio Marras, Eligo - Labyrinths & Wires Installation Milan Design Week 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes | #Milantrace2016

Courtyard and retail space at Antonio Marras in Milan. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Antonio Marras, Eligo - Labyrinths & Wires Installation Milan Design Week 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes | #Milantrace2016Antonio Marras, Eligo - Labyrinths & Wires Installation Milan Design Week 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes | #Milantrace2016

Gallery and Eligo’s new collection on show at Circolo Marras during Milan Design Week 2016. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Antonio Marras, Eligo - Labyrinths & Wires Installation Milan Design Week 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes | #Milantrace2016
Eligo’s Labyrinths & Wires Installation at Circolo Marras. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Antonio Marras, Eligo - Labyrinths & Wires Installation Milan Design Week 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes | #Milantrace2016
Eligo’s Labyrinths & Wires Installation at Circolo Marras. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

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Sardinian pop-up restaurant at Circolo Marras. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Antonio Marras, Eligo - Labyrinths & Wires Installation Milan Design Week 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes | #Milantrace2016
Sardinian pop-up restaurant at Circolo Marras. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

 

Wowee! Some people and some spaces just know what’s up, you know. Antonio Marras is one of those people, and his courtyard, retail space and gallery in Milan are always a joy to visit in it’s over-the-top bonkers amazing glory of unique Italian variety. Marras’ incredible courtyard and showroom usually make me slightly week at the knees, and this year was no exception.

The courtyard and the retail space were marked with a major network of strings and heavy rocks suspended throughout the space, signalling at what’s to come in the gallery below. Downstairs, the showcase was dedicated to the latest project by Eligo (spearheaded by Alberto Nespoli, Domenico Rocca and Leo Prusickipreviously known as Segnoitaliano) in an installation titled ‘Labirinti e Fili’ (‘Labyrints and Wires’). The arresting string installation was made from 20 kilometers of rope – a network of hemp and a primitive nest of sorts, as a celebration of ancient art and craft Eligo has become known for. Eligo’s capsule collection consisted of terracotta bottles, vases and larger vessels in limited editions, some of which were hand painted by Antonio Marras.

And then, a little sweet treat laid through the door that lead into the final room – a space that surprised and delighted to the point it literally made me squeal. Yiew! At first I had no idea what I was looking at. I was simply losing my shit and loving everything to bits – the eclectic collection of furniture, extraordinary styling of every single table – each one unique and beautiful in it’s own right, the backlit wall made of vintage windows and doors, the oversized illuminated images of elderly locals which absolutely stole my heart. I was loving it all, and feeling overjoyed that such unexpected beauty could be discovered during my favourite week of the year. Later on I realise this space was actually a temporary restaurant that served regional Sardinian food, a place where Antonio Marras is originally from. The food was prepared by celebrated Sardinian chef Roberto Serra of ‘Su Carduleu’ restaurant in Abbasanta.

Are you dealing? Because I was not. Milano, I officially love you even harder than before.

 

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Antonio Marras & Segno Italiano // MILANTRACE2015.

Out & About in Tortona // MILANTRACE2015.

 

Team Yellowtrace have flown to Italy courtesy of Cathay Pacific, who fly to Rome and Milan several times each week. Cathay’s great connections from Australia allow getting from Sydney to Italy in under 24 hours, including transit times. For more information visit cathaypacific.com.au

 


 


[Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.]

 

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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