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Milan Design Week 2017

COVER Editor Lucy Upward chooses 12 of her favourite rugs and textiles from Milan Design Week 2017.

A week of colour, craftsmanship, geometric design and texture across the city of Milan.


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    1. Sardinian weavings by Mariantonia Urru showing at Rossana Orlandi



    2. Handwoven rugs by Berlin-based designer Salem van der Swaagh shown at Ventura Lambrate


    Heavy Metal.levi

    3. Flatwoven rugs made of the natural fibre fique and metal from the ‘Heavy Metal’ exhibition at the Alberto Levi Gallery



4. A detail of one of Roos Soetekouw’s exciting new rug designs made at TextielMuseum Tilburg, shown at Ventura Lambrate


Blake textiles

5. Alluring upcycled textiles made of plastic bags and elastic bands by young designer Blake at Ventura Lambrate



6. The fantastic Karpeta exhibition of rugs at the Casa dell’Opera Nazionale Balilla featuring wallpaper by Texturae. This rug is designed by José Mendosa



7. The new Manlio Rho collection by Amini at Salone del Mobile


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8. cc-tapis debuted a vast array of stunning new rug designs at Saloen del Mobile and the brand’s cool new showroom near Duomo. I loved these two designed by Alex Proba

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9. Nodus also showed off some amazing new rugs brimming with intense colour, including ‘Icosaedro’ by Lanzavecchia + Wai (above)



10. Spanish brand Nanimarquina celebrated its 30th anniversary with a beautiful array of collaborative work at Salone del Mobile. Rugs by Jaime Hayon and flatweaves by Raw Colour and Begüm Cana Özgür (pictured) made for a stunning display



11. Afternoon tea in the company of Kirby Design and Eley Kishimoto in Brera was a great way to spend an afternoon. The new sumptuous fabric and wallpaper were very enticing as were the cakes



12. At Salone Del Mobile GAN showed off the brand’s new outdoor textile collection designed by Patricia Urquiola. The harmonious Garden Layers collection was inspired by Urquiola’s travels to India

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