During Design Week, the city threw open the doors of its historical buildings to welcome contemporary design against period backdrops, in an attempt to make the classical feel younger and the modern feel more human.
The choreographies and contaminations called into play gave modern design a more accessible feel, softening its sharp corners with the reverberations of frescoes, mirrors, stucco and golden frames, also enabling visitors from Milan and further afield to discover the city’s hidden beauties.
In Corso Venezia, Palazzo Crespi is a luxurious 17th century residence, still today inhabited by the Crespi family, which for three years now has been opening its doors during the Salone del Mobile, revealing treasures such as a series of chairs from Venice at the times of Canaletto. In 2017 it hosted the presentation of the designs by Atelier Swarovski, enclosed in transparent display cases on white bases. As happens every year, Diana Swarovski, art director of the design collections, invited a selected group of designers to imagine accessories made of crystal for the home. Barbara Barry designed a series of vases and candle-holders; Tomàs Alonso extended his first collection, adding more trays decorated with ostentatious prisms of coloured crystal; Andre Kikoski combined crystal with brass, copper and nickel in his candle-holders and sculptural trays; Greg Lyn decorated his oak accessories with bezels of coloured crystal; the Brynjar & Veronica Currents studio modelled prism-shaped paper weights and finally Aldo Bakker sculpted jewel-like stoppers.