One of the exhibitions at Milan Design week which impressed me the most was a very understated one, by the well-chosen name “Subtle”. The theme was paper and it was organized by the Japanese Takeo Paper Co. Especially in our day and age of the computer, in which the art and culture of writing letters has all but vanished, an exhibition about the beauty and uses of paper was quite exhilarating for me.
This year, Michele De Lucchi’s Produzione Privata is celebrating its 25th anniversary. For the celebration, the studio is putting out a limited edition of 25 extra-extra large clear Acquatinta pendants with unique LED bulbing, also designed by De Lucchi. Ameico has secured 3 of these pendants for the US and will be offering them later this year.
Very close to the De Lucchi studio on via Varese is one of Michele’s newest architectural gems, a conference hall in wood made for UniCredit, an Italian banking group. This whole area, very close to the Garibaldi train station, is developing very rapidly and impressively. Italy’s economy is struggling. In this context, it is great to see an area of Milan which is exploding with creative energy and commerce.