Finally the sun arrives, replacing a week of drizzle that periodically morphed into torrential downpours, & everyone happily moving through the city – so lunch in the vine draped courtyard at Rossana Orlandi became the perfect option!!

Two years ago we first posted on the ceramic art-meets-design collections by EMANUELA CROTTI whose story-telling through inlay buttons, coins, roses, plastic animals, butterflies, Barbie Dolls & more adorn table tops, dressers + ceramic dishes with animals, aeroplanes, hearts & guns.

This year her work was on-trend in Flouro (highlight markers & Ray Bans quite hilarious yet beautiful), animals, nail polish & of course this season’s ‘must have’ emblem – skulls!!

Revisiting Rubelli, across the hall, in the entry level of the former tie factory – the ribboned-taxidermy birds are morbidly sophisticated, many had been sold since our first visit on Monday.

Birds, like Flouro colours & Skulls – are everywhere.

Rosanna again came for a quick chat – her tongue firmly in cheek, there is nothing that escapes her attention, as she draws on yet another cigarette & fondles her porcelain chain necklace. The current favourite she confessed.

Note to self – a trip to RO is inevitably expensive – this year two lights, a ceramic beetle & one of Croti’s plates are now added to the excess baggage allowance. There really should be a therapy for those addicted to collecting the art-design pieces……

With the sunshine too delicious to ignore, meandering through La Brera district lead us to a wonderous discovery – the magic of a Paola Navone installation, aptly entitled THE SECRET GARDEN – in a private garden rarely seen by the public, with lighting & chandeliers secreted in over-scale, woven cane pods, each painted in her signature cobalt blue.
The installation was the second presentation of the memorable showing for Italian Murano glass brand Borovier & Toso– & whilst the pieces were seen two years ago at SuperStudio in Tortona, the collection so incredible and  worth seeing in the revisiting.
After the gardens it was a quick trip back to the centre to Baccarat, where the French crystal house exhibited traditional designs that are now several hundred years old, alongside whimsical & humours contemporary collections by Jaime Hayan, Patricia Urquiola & Philippe Starck. The journey also enabling the mandatory reviewing of this seasons shoes – (along with the occasional bag) – mixing business with pleasure in the most enjoyable way!!
Returning to the new TOM DIXON driven destination – MOST– a welcome addition to the flailing Tortona region in recent years – the vast expanse of the Science Museum becomes apparent – where balconies, courtyards & cavernous reception rooms swathed in frescoes housing installations of those invited to exhibit in the collective.
Highlights – aside from Dixon’s collection & the Studio TOOGOOD experience we blogged on Monday, were American brand BLU DOT (& launching in Australin next month), the New Zealand collective Resident, the great orange furniture by Luca Nichetto, cute cardboard lights, & the DROR-designed luggage (bullet proof vest material!!) for TUMI.
Irrespective of how often one visits MOST – the creation of Dixon’s chair holds ongoing fascination. The process involves an advanced type of 3D printing – the image of the chair pattern beamed to the pressing machine, the aluminium then pressed / stamped, laid flat, & finally, folded. Witnessing the industrial process first hand is made all the more spectacular as it is located in a depot filled with steam trains & carriages!

IMAGES // (c) Anne-Maree Sargeant THE SNAP ASSEMBLY