There’s a silver lining even in one of the colours considered as dull and lacking in character: if you have always thought of grey as the hue to use to stay away from and to wear or have only when it is socially required to blend in, avoiding the attention of other’s at all costs, April will have you convert to grey. Grey’s silver lining is at times at touch of silver, as seen amongst the spring collections finally making an entrance in our wardrobes. Or the natural personality that grey has in design; from stone to concrete, Milan Design Week showed us some interpretations of this colour that convey anything but dullness.
Tiles that become design object thanks to three variations within the production process in the project for Milan Design Week by Suse Bauer,Till Maria Richte and Sammlung Walter.
Designed by Johan van Hengel silver cloud is in the shape of a series of pendants in Neolith Lights: they appear as slabs of slate and marble, but they are actually very light. They indeed create the illusion of heavy silver clouds suspended by thin wires.
Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects and the “Archaeology of the Future” showcased two different types of mould casting, each one of them bringing a different story.
‘’We want to make architecture that belongs to its place, where it has memories in its depth and that we can connect to the past by bringing it into the future through the making of architecture.’’
Opening | UNION One Design – One Handle, which focuses on the unique artistry of sand mould casting and historical handle installation.
UNION One Design – One Handle. A collaboration between UNION and TSUYOSHI TANE to highlight the process of creating a door-handle. Together they wanted to show the production flow of a unique design using the ancient technique of ‘sand moulds’ and uncover the complexity of materials and the archives.
At Studio Furthermore the creative duo of Marina Dragomirova & Iain Howlett conceived Moon Rock: they in fact believe moon rock to be their material to work with. The precious matter (only 382 kg) was brought back by space missions few years ago.
On the fashion front grey is a neutral colour symbolising business: the office type of suit for middle level employees of big corporations. You can forget that as either thanks to incredible tailoring or its rendition through metallic hues, grey is all about understated femininity and sophistication.
As the grey metallic waterfall fringe dress by Tom Ford, worn Gemma Chan here.
As well as lighter silver clouds interpreted for sportswear, here worn by Italian trap artists Ghali.
Burberry’s head-to-toe grey is strong yet charged with bags of femininity, thanks to the original touches of the sleeves.
Balmain’s disco bag is the silver lining in the whole week, with its geometric shape and metallic studs.
And what about grey denim? Off-White designs grey denim for him and for her including ruffles on an asymmetrical skirt and front pocket plus hoods on a denim jacket for him.