Dispatch from Milan | iSaloni Day 5

Contributor post by Chad Falkenberg of Falken Reynolds

For our final big day of Milan Design Week we searched out the more obscure desinations - filled with students and young designers showing their work and hoping to be descovered. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed with street-cred edginess that is quite absent from the fairgrounds. And there were a lot of beards.

Sites are scattered throughout the city so we made good use of the metro and the city bike sharing program to pack in as much as possible. Here are a few highlights:

This is the lovely Milanese family who help us start every day off right - with a dopio espresso and a croissant or two. Osteria Del Corso has been our home away from home for the past two years and we're hoping to make it an annual tradition.

The shop a few doors down from the flat we rent - we stop in here a few times a day to replenish water bottles and grab a healthy snack (to counter balance all the amazing pasta).

Design graffiti in Ventura Lambrate

A group of young designers have developed a process to turn newspaper in into wood - the panelling on the doors is actually made from paper and ink and then stained one of 8 different colours. It's beautiful because it looks natural and organic without trying to look like fake wood. And the cabinet design is pretty amazing too.

A series of solid marble furniture, this one using the archetype of a Roman aqueduct as inspiration for a shelving system.

A single sheet of glass has been through a series of oxidizations, showing the graduated tinting of the glass and mirror effect.

These glasses were designed over 400 years ago, but the designers are unknown. They have been produced in a soft finish on the exterior as part of a collection put out by the Riksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Wallpaper Handmade exhibition was filled with creative and innovative projects but this one stood out as a clever way to use materials that are very familiar to us on the West Coast of Canada.

Fabric maker Kvadrat showing fabrics colour options.

Alexander McQueen designed a series of area rugs and tapestries for The Rug Company - the detail and the patters are vibrant and amazing.

The project was in front of Rosana Orlandi's - a keystone holds the seat and the back of a chair together with gravity - the same way it holds up an archway without any connections or supports. The chair is pretty comfortable and will look quite stunning in a field or a park. At 400kg it won't get nabbed to quickly...

A series of porcelain hands sat on a table in front of a video of a woman playing the piano. Completely moving, celebrating the human body. At Rosana Orlandi's curated museum.

We loved this rocking chicken by Jaime Hayon - juxtaposed as against a renaissance bedroom at Rosana Orlandi's museum.

About the contributor:
Chad Falkenberg is a Principal with partner Kelly Reynolds, for Falken Reynolds Interiors, an interior design studio based in Vancouver, B.C. Visit them online:

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