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12 to see at Milan Design Week 2016

The countdown to the world’s most talked-about design event is on. Milan Design Week 2016 (12-17 April) offers so much to see it is impossible to view everything in 6 days. Here COVER suggests 12 of the best rug and textile shows to visit while you are in town.


1. Salone del Mobile, Rho, 12-17 April

This year at Salone del Mobile COVER will be on the stand of cc-tapis giving out the latest spring issue. cc-tapis will be showing an amazing array of new designs by the likes of Patrica Urquiola, Studiopepe, Federico Delrosso and Federico Pepe. Also at the Salone will be ames, Chevalier éditionMoroso and many more brands.


Credenza Collection rug designed by Patricia Urquiola for cc-tapis and Spazio Pontaccio


2. Nodus, Chiostro della Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Settentrionale, via Cavalieri del Santo Sepolcro 3, 12-17 April

Nodus is returning to the cloisters of the Church of San Simpliciano to show the firm’s latest round of fabulous collaborative rugs. The show for 2016 is called ‘Scent of a weaving’ and will feature rugs by Sam Baron, Matali Crasset, Hanna Ernsting & Sarah Böttger, Francesco Faccin, Ineke Hans, Sebastian Jansson, Wieki Somers and Studio Job.


3. Studio Pepe and cc-tapis, cc-tapis showroom, via San Simpliciano 6, 11-17 April

One of four displays in Milan’s Brera district that cc-tapis will be involved in is a presentation of new work created with Milan design agency Studiopepe in cc’s showroom (opening event on 12 April).


Rug design by Studiopepe with cc-tapis


4. Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe at Spazio Pontaccio, Via Pontaccio, 11-17 April

On 11 April there will be a private event to launch the new capsule rug collection Credenza created by design gods Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe for Spazio Pontaccio and cc-tapis. All four designs are by Urquiola, who collaborated with Pepe on two of the four. Inspiration for the project was taken from traditional stained glass windows, particularly those of Cologne Cathedral.



Credenza Collection rug designed by Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe for cc-tapis and Spazio Pontaccio


5. Jan Kath at DAMN, Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24, 12-17 April

Damn Magazine’s ‘Matter of Perception: Tradition and Technology’ show will feature Jan Kath, Lanzavecchia & Wai, Formafantasm and Maarten Baas to name but a few. Kath will show a selection of inspiring design including several new Erased Heritage rugs.

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Tabriz Canal Aerial rug, Erased Heritage collection, Jan Kath


6. Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14/16, 12-17 April

A beautiful space full of beautiful things, Rossana Orlandi is always worth a visit during design week. This year expect to see Danish brand Karakter and Patricia Urquiola’s first collaboration with Danish brand Georg Jensen.

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7. Reuber Henning, Alberto Levi Gallery, Via S. Maurilio, 24, 12-17 April

Reuber Henning will exhibit the firm’s entire Stripe collection at the Alberto Levi Gallery. The Berlin brand’s stripes will include a new range of flatweaves and designs divided into three sections, demarking where three weavers worked on the pattern. This show will also include textile work by several other designers including Interior Designer Barbara Frua De Angeli.

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Woodland checker, Reuber Henning


8. Henzel Studio, 5 Vie Art + Design, Via Cesare Correnti 14, 11-17 April

In collaboration with Secondome Design Gallery and PS Design Consultants Henzel Studio presents ‘Ladies and Gentleman’, an exhibition of limited edition art rugs and decorative pillows by Calle Henzel and Henzel Studio: Collaborations / Heritage. Designs will come from Leo Gabin, Helmut Lang, Marilyn Minter, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle and Tom of Finland and the show will mark the worldwide debut of art pillows by Helmut Lang, Marilyn Minter and Anselm Reyle.

Henzel Studio


9. The Unexpected Welcome at Moooi, via Savona 56, 12-17 April

Moooi’s Salone show is always a theatrical event. The centre of this year’s presentation will be Moooi’s new collection. 22 new design pieces will be majestically presented on pedestals and carefully placed inside a mysteriously dark and seductive ballroom. The surreal display will also feature Moooi carpet designs which debuted in Milan last year.



10. Ventura Lambrate, 12-17 April

Ventura Lambrate is a great location for spotting fresh design. The whoel area takes at least half a day to cover properly with so much new talent to spot. Dutch textile designer Roos Soetekouw will be showing her new Fungy! collection, which was inspired by the characteristic colours, forms, and textures of fungi. Of her work Soetekouw says ‘I enlarge details of organisms and cells so strongly that they become unrecognisable. Fungi are one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. With the naked eye, they are already fantastic, and when you zoom in on their details, a world of shapes and colours opens up. Abstraction and the extraordinary beauty of these creatures are an inexhaustible source of inspiration. I experiment with yarns and weaves until the designs have the same energy as the source of inspiration.”



11. Wallpaper Handmade, The Arcade, via San Gregorio 43, 12-16 April

Wallpaper’s Handmade show returns to Milan for its seventh edition, featuring an installation of aluminium by Jean Nouvel and Neal Feay, American theatre director Robert Wilson’s chandelier for Italian company Slamp and David Rockwell’s intimate apartment with Stellar Works.



12. Nilufar Gallery, via della Spiga 32, 12-17 April

Celebrating the work of six great Brazilian designers from 1940–1970, the exhibition will feature the furniture of José Zanine Caldas, Martin Eisler, Oscar Niemeyer, Sergio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro and Jorge Zalszupin. The via della Spiga gallery will also debut its own collection of contemporary rugs.


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