Photos: More from Milan

ECAL Ostinati

Just as it’s impossible to see everything at the vast Milan furniture fair, there’s no way to take in all the exhibitions and installations that crop up concurrently in the city’s center. But it’s fun to try.


Verner Panton’s CloverLeaf sofas, covered in richly-colored velvet, were on view at Prada’s Via Montenapoleone women’s store.


Martino Gamper’s installation “In a State of Repair” featured stalls in front of La Rinascente where people could have things like shoes, toys, and bicycles repaired by skilled artisans.


JAMESPLUMB’s Cupboard Steps were featured in “Untold,” an exhibition curated by Rossana Orlandi at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi.


Formafantasman’s installation “Still,” a collaboration with the Austrian crystal manufacturer Lobmeyr, was also featured in “Untold.”


“Ostinati,” designed by the ECAL students Iris Andreadis, Nicolas Nahornyi, and Jérôme Rütsche, was part of the exhibition “Delirious Home.”

Photo: ECAL/Axel Crettenand & Sylvain Aebischer.


A chair from Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly collection of fiberglass furniture.


“Hot & Cold,” an exhibition organized by Fabrica, featured explorations of the idea of temperature, like “Flora,” a series of (artificial) tropical plants that are encased in ice—at least until the ice begins to melt.


Kvadrat invited designers to explore the properties of its felt-like wool textile Divina; the French designer Philippe Nigro created his “Lasagna” daybed by stacking and folding layers of the fabric. Photo: Casper Sejersen.


The retailer COS and the Japanese design studio Nendo collaborated on “COS x Nendo,” an installation in which Nendo’s signature geometric shapes “transformed” Cos’s shirts from white to various shades of gray.


The exhibition “Source Material” gathered resonant objects from various creatives, including a sewing machine (Erwan Bouroullec), a roll of friction tape (Naoto Fukasawa), and a rock with an embedded red LED (Yves Marbrier). Photo: Daniele Ansidei.