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Designers overheard in Milan

Short and snappy and straight from the streets. This is the quick-fire digest from a gamut of the world’s best designers at the 2018 Salone del Mobile Milan.

“Dutch people are difficult. As we would know.”

– Marcel Wanders speaking about a collaboration with fellow Dutch design company Concrete for the Moooi installation

“Catching up with what’s going on internationally is what is amazing about Milan for me.”

Adam Cornish shares his favourite thing about being in Milan while at the Local Milan exhibition

“Grasso is not fat. It is more than fat. It’s overflowing.”

– Stephen Burks on his newly designed Grasso chair for BD Barcelona

“I’m a real design nerd. I can just nerd out on the tiniest details.”

– Thomas Bentzen gets honest about his approach to design while being interviewed on the Muuto stand

“Storytelling plays a very important part in the design process… Some stories are fake. Fake news, haha!”

Konstantin Grcic talks narratives in design in an interview with our Singapore editor Narelle Yakuba

“It takes time. You have to pay a lot of attention to sitting down in other people’s chairs. Try and understand what brings comfort. It’s not just about comfort, it’s about weight and appearance, cost to make. You get better at it, the more you do it.”

– Jasper Morrison shares advice for designing a chair on the Maruni stand

“The word theatre for me isn’t about looking theatrical, it’s about acknowledging there is an audience and performer. There’s a performative quality about products.”

– David Rockwell on the Gessi stand presenting his new tapware design 

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