From Monday 3rd to Friday 7th April, myself and seven university classmates travelled to Milan for the annual design week.
Apart from being highly recommended to visit Milan from previous students and staff, I wanted to travel for some more inspiration for my current Material & Emotional values project and explore new designers and material uses in addition to well-known ones and their current applications for them. When I visited Eindhoven at the end of October, I had less of a focus except on one subject matter: environmental design, where I was met with an abundance of examples from all over the board. For Milan, as it was much larger, I had a plan and current ideas for what I was looking for including material alternatives, wood-work, anthropomorphism (or what I considered to be just that), families of furniture, characteristics of leather, lathe inspiration and so much more as you will see in the following blog posts that cover each individual point.
For this series of posts I will label them 'Milan Series' to remind myself of where my inspiration came from to encourage me to continue to visit designs shows like these more often. My experiences from London, Eindhoven and Milan have only become more and more positive. I have always believed experience is more powerful and memorable for research than a Google search.
A final point I would like to leave on was although travelling in a group of eight can slow the group down or cause confusion, I believe our set up was a good one. One we spit up into smaller groups and met for lunches and dinners we would often discussed what we had seen that day and if anyone had missed something we would fill them in with our pictures, videos and explanations. We are also very aware of each other's projects, and so if we missed anything or saw anything on our travels we could notify one another. I found this was most relevant for me and my interest with cork., for example. So I believe travelling in a design-inspired group to be an advantage and was a lot of fun!
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