This year Kyle Roux Interiors was the winner. We asked Kyle to give us some feedback on his experience:
“Winning the Marlanteak annual competition and a trip to Salone del Mobile 2016 in Milan was the realisation of a long time desire to attend one of the oldest and largest furniture design shows in the world.
Milan, a city not yet visited, is a charming and fairly small city, easy to navigate and full of remarkable art, history, culture and architecture. Apart from the main event at the awe-inspiring Fiera Milano, with its acres of exhibition halls and throngs of people from all walks of life under the undulating steel and glass canopy, the city of Milan is abuzz with design-oriented events, limited not only to furnishing and homewares – it seems every international brand finds a way to promote and extend its brand awareness through design and collaboration during the week long event!
Walking around the Brera Design District, or the Tortona District in the city, suppliers open their showrooms with spectacular exhibitions of new, innovative and inspirational product, art and gastronomy, often all fused into one experience. Glorious old churches, derelict warehouses and even a Rotunda built over a plague pit, house presentations from some of the biggest names in international design.
Visiting Salone del Mobile at Fiera Milano, meeting the teams and experiencing the new products from Roda, Kettal and Tribu, with Marlanteak was a fantastic experience, whilst other notable experiences included the Tom Dixon talk on his collaboration with Caesarstone, the Moooi exhibition and the Lasvit installation at Palazzo Serbelloni, and all fringe events around the city.
Overall, Milan Design Week is almost too much to take in, but the inspiration and experience will leave an indelible imprint on my design mind!”
Entries to the 2017 #weloveourtrade competition are now open. We can’t wait to see our furniture in all the beautiful spaces created by our very talented South African architects and interior designers.