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I think it’s quite evident by now that we’re incredibly passionate about independent designers here at Yellowtrace. On the back of my roundup of the best Australian Designers in Milan, today we take a look at some of the brightest young sparks we came across during the recent Milan Design Week 2017 across SaloneSatellite, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Ventura Lambrate, Brera5Vie Design District and beyond. It goes without saying that this roundup is only the tip of the iceberg, with so much more shared in our first ever Milantrace E-Report due to be released by the end of the month (you can pre-order your own copy right here.)

SaloneSatellite, the emerging-design section of the enormous Salone del Mobile furniture fair, celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this year. Conceived and devotedly run by Marva Griffin, SaloneSatellite has established itself as one of the world’s premier events that introduces promising young designers to the industry’s bigger players and talent scouts. Satellite represents the future of design, never failing to unearth new talent, and this year it didn’t disappoint.

Spazio Rossana Orlandi is a famous, must see gallery and retail space located in a former tie factory. Rossana is a true visionary – she has been the unofficial godmother of young designers, singlehandedly launching some pretty big careers through her gallery. Here we saw a number of amazing young designers as always.

Dotted through Ventura Lambrate, an Industrial area in North-East Milan brought to life by Dutch studio Organisation in Design, was a number of upcoming designers and leading design schools to be discovered. Equally, 5Vie design district, which launched in 2014, delivered a number of amazing shows in one of Milan’s oldest and most beautiful part of town.


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



Daisuke Kitagawa Scenery Collection at Salone Satellite, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Scenery Collection by Japanese designer Daisuke Kitagawa was an incredibly sophisticated and highly resolved collection of furniture and lighting pieces. It was love.

Aero Lights by David Derksen Design at Salone Satellite, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Aero Lights by David Derksen feature a metal foam frame, which functions both as a passive cooling element for the LED’s, as well as a textural lampshade.

Regular Company Studi Finna at Salone Satellite, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
H.3 Chair for Regular Company at Salone Satellite, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace

Left: Studio Finna sought to break free from the traditional Finnish style. The unique Finnish atmospheres can still be seen in their work, but the rebellion is executed with bold colours, multiple materials and sculptural forms. Right: H.3 Chair by Croatian studio Regular Company is piece of contrasts – architectural, masculine frame meets an embracing, feminine seat and backrest.

Trio Sphere Pendant by Mette Schelde at Salone Satellite, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
7 Lamp by Luomo Collective at Salone Satellite, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace

Left: Trio Sphere Pendant by Danish designer Mette Schelde features a light source placed in the centre of the three fragmented spheres. So hot! Right: 7 Lamp by the trio of Finnish designers Luomo Collective.

Rens Split & Store at Salone Satellite, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Poster Mirror by Haruko Arai for Zemi at Salone Satellite, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace

Left: Split & Store room divider and storage unit-in-one by Rens. Photography by Aisha Zeijpveld. Right: Poster Mirror by Haruko Arai / Zemi (collective of students from Kyoto Institute of Technology).



Escape Series by Fernando Mastrangelo at Rossana Orlandi, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Escape Series by Fernando Mastrangelo, who uses commonplace materials – such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement – to cast sculptural objects that straddle disciplines of fine art and design.

Germans Ermics at Rossana Orlandi, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Leather Lamp by Jorge Penades at Rossana Orlandi, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace

Left: Ombre Glass Chair by Latvia-born, Netherlands-based designer Germans Ermičs. Photo by Jussi Puikkonen. Right: ‘Structural Skin’ Leather Lamp by Spanish designer Jorge Penadés, who devised a new production method that transforms leather waste into a completely new material.

Terrazzo Tables by Rooms at Rossana Orlandi, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Terrazzo Tables by Georgian design studio Rooms.

Patience Clock by We+ at Rossana Orlandi, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Patience Clocks by Tokyo-based We+ uses a human face to represent the passage of time. The eyes work in the same way as the hands of an analogue clock – the right eye indicating hours and the left indicating minutes. The mouth opens and closes to represent seconds.



David Derksen for Baars and Bloemhoff at Rossana Orlandi, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Dutch company Baars and Bloemhoff staged Transitions II, a show that invited six young Dutch designers to reinterpret the company’s product range exhibited under the vaults of Ventura Centrale. Using timber veneer from the Bars & Bloemhoff’s collection, David Derksen created a set of ultra light space dividers. Usually, veneer is glued onto a cheaper wood to decorate a surface, however Derksen uses the veneer as a material in its own right. Photography by Ronald Smith.

Amanda Lilholt, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Furniture collection by Danish designer Amanda Lilholt, on show at Ventura Lambrate, was an exploration of surface treatment on metal. Photography by Jonathan Trier.

Petrified Carpets by Studio Ossidiana, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Dutch designers Studio Ossidiana reinterpreted traditional Persian carpets as a series of concrete pieces dubbed ‘Petrified Carpets’. Studio Ossidiana approached concrete as a crafted material, like weaving or knitting, exploring it’s expressive potential which has progressively been lost in the construction industry.

Almost Complete Exhibition by Students of HDK Adacademy Gothenburg, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Together Stools by Helen Johannesson at Almost Complete Exhibition by Students of HDK Academy Gothenburg at Ventura Lambrate. 

Voie Lights by Sabine Marcelis, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Marble Series Prototypes by Carl Kleiner for Bloc Studios, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace

Bloc Studios worked with Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis and Swedish photographer Carl Kleiner to launch the collection of lamps and vases. Left: Voie Lights by Sabine Marcelis bring the magic of marble and onyx to life with the passage of neon light. Right: Postures Vases by Carl Kleiner feature marble bases with flowers mounted on elegant wire frames, like modern day Ikebanas.

Envisions Iwan Pol Photography Ronald Smits, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Envisions Simone Post Photography Ronald Smits, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace

At Palazzo Clerici, Envisions returned with an experimental collaboration between Dutch designers and the Spanish wood manufacturer Finsa, where the emphasis was not on the finished product but the possibilities uncovered along the way. Envisions considers the process to be one of design’s defining factors, one which is often undervalued and rarely – if ever – exposed throughout the industry. Left: Iwan Pol for Envisions. Photography by Ronald Smits. Right: Simone Post for Envisions. Photography by Ronald Smits.

Inderjeet Sandhu, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Child Studio, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace

Left: Inderjeet Sandhu examines our need for classification and how one should be labeled. By reproducing the plants and flowers in a material foreign to them (like copper, marble, brass and embroidery), the objects enter ambiguous territory. Photography by Erik Smits. Right: Child Studio’s ‘In the Shadow of a Man’ features a collection of glowing glass spheres that appear to be rolling and sliding from the top of geometric plinths.

Big Arm by Farg Blanche, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace
Giopato & Coombes, Around Milan, Milantrace 2017 | Yellowtrace

Left: Big Arm by Swedish designers Färg & Blanche, presented at the duo’s solo show ‘Amour mon Amour’ at 5Vie. Right: Giopato & Coombes reflected on the famous essay ‘Ornament and Crime’ by architect Adolf Loos – asking is ornament really a crime when it goes hand in hand with technological and functional growth? The answer to this question took the form of three lights, marrying manufacturing quality and technology with the beauty of ornament.


[Images courtesy of the designers.]


About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor

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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  1. Christie Blaylock

    Hi there, Just wondering when or how I go about getting the Milantrace Design Report I purchased along with the talk.



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