Images above from the epic Salone Internazionale del Mobile. The fair is bigger than Ben Hur x 100,000! No kidding.


Images above from Salone Satellite, dedicated to young, up and coming designers.


Hello pumpkins. I’m back! Seriously, for a couple of days there I thought I was going to be stuck in Europe forever! Those damn volcanos.

If you’ve been following my tweets, you probably already know that my volcation included a “slight detour” and I never made it to London as originally planned. I was really sad that I wasn’t going to be able catch up with some good mates {and also leave a trail of destruction at SelfridgesLibertyAnthrolpologie and good ol’ Top Shop}. Having said that, I wouldn’t change my trip for one second, as a little group of us got to experience an amazing drive from Milan to Hildesheim in northern Germany, via the Swiss alps. Wow. What an amazing road trip, even if six of us had to jam ourselves into a people-mover with all our luggage {I had the back shelf stuck to my cheek for about 8 hours – nice}. That drive has definitely made me want to do a proper road trip through the Alps with husband {but in a fully sick sports car!}

As for Milan, the fair, and all the design events… Well… What can I say… Gee… Let me think… Oh yeah, it was friggin’ AWESOME!! Seriously, I had such a brilliant, brilliant time. There was so much inspiration and talent around, my head was exploding from all the cleverness, awesomeness and attractiveness. Oh yes, Milan is one spunky city people. The locals definitely know how to dress. For real.


General Milan fabulousness.


I took just over 2,500 photos during my 4 days… oh hang on… make that 7 days in Milan thanks to the Icelandic eruption. My experience during this time included more design than you can poke a stick at, zero sleep, running around, talking to designers, taking notes and photos, phone calls to family and travel agents trying to sort out flights, new friendships, lots of laughs, amazing food, excellent wine and a few too many drinks. I’ve been left with no time to go through any of my photos or do any writing, so please be patient as I sort through all the information I’ve gathered across Salone Internazionale del MobileSalone SatelliteZona TortonaSpazio Rossana Orlandi {I die!} and various other installations and design events around Milan.

As a picture says a thousand words, I’ll leave you with a 40,000 word essay of my European ashventure to whet your appetite for what is yet to come in my future posts. Please excuse the lack of notes and captions – I will be including those in my posts over the coming few days, so stay tuned.

And one more thing – thank you for all your comments, tweets and e-mails whilst I’ve been away. I am sorry that I’m not able to reply to each and every one of you all the time, but please know that I read all your comments, tweets and e-mails with great care and they truly mean so much to me. Thank you again.

x dana


Swarovski Crystal Palace on Via Savona at Zona Tortona.

Images from Superstudio and other areas of Zona Tortona. Bottom image from the fabulous Spazio Rossana Orlandi.


P.A.R.T.Y. on Wayne! 5 Beers for 5 Euros at Zona Tortona street party = Trouble.

The seriously fabulous Spazio Rossana Orlandi gave me mini heart attacks every 5 minutes. Amazing! One trip simply wasn’t enough… so I went there twice. Bottom left image from Zona Tortona.


Milan’s Brera area was full of great little finds including Nendo’s mind blowing installation in top image. Can’t wait to share the rest of my photos! Bottom images from 10 Corso Como.

Road trip! The Alps are just incredible, and absolutely magical during Spring. How come I’ve never been there before?


Hildesheim in Northern Germany is a beautiful little town with incredible history. The city was heavily damaged in World War II after it was bombed in 1945. Most of the homes were destroyed and the centre of town was almost entirely levelled. The city was completely rebuilt in the 1980s to reflect it’s original medieval character. Middle images from the beautiful nearby Marienburg Castle. And one of the best {and the biggest} hot chocolate drinks I’ve ever had. Yum!

All images © yellowtrace.

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.

8 Responses

  1. Justine

    I had soooo much fun reading all this! What a truly wonderful adventure!!
    ps I can’t stop looking at those origami hunter pieces. Awesome!!!

  2. Melissa de la Fuente

    Oh Dana…I am SO glad you had such a fantastic & magical time! These photos are just AMAZING! I cannot wait to hear all about it in detail and how adorable are YOU? Love this & so glad you got home safely!

  3. Kirsty Pryer

    LOVE it all – brings back memories from 4 years ago and note to self – go again soon! Looking forward to hearing all the stories & seeing more – great work! K

  4. Peggy

    Great teaser Dana. Love your style of writing and thanks for the vivid inspiration. Try not to leave us hanging for too long. No pressure. So glad we get to hang out before we go. xo

  5. Heather

    Wowsers, you have been busy! Great selection of photographs – I love the mix up of big landscapes and small cups of coffee, but always full of colour and feeling. Looking forward to seeing the rest…


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