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Casa dell’Opera Nazionale Balilla
Via Pietro Mascagni, 6, 20122 Milan

This April will see the fourth edition of designjunction edit Milan alongside a new partnership with MONOQI Business - the B2B marketplace for design.

designjunction edit Milan sees another high-quality list of brands joining the satellite edition of our flagship London show. This year, designjunction will take over the entire Casa dell’Opera Nazionale Balilla - a spectacular former school building and ex-theatre built in the 1930s, spanning 10,000 square feet across three floors.

designjunction is also delighted to announce the launch of San Babila Design Quarter - a vibrant new destination uniting the finest design showrooms and fashion stores in Milan. designjunction edit Milan will be the pivotal event in the heart of the design quarter.

designjunction edit Milan will present a curated selection of 40 leading global design brands, pop-up shops, installations and a café across the five-day event.

This year’s stellar designjunction edit Milan line-up will include: Jaguar, Tom Dixon, Case Furniture, Nyta, Beyond Object, Colè Italia, Luke Irwin London, New Works, H Furniture, Native Union, Modus, Void Watches, La Chance, Punkt., Form Us With Love, Baux, Frame Store, UKTI and more.

designjunction’s Head of Events, Will Sorrell, said: “We are very excited to take over Casa dell’Opera this April. This unique building is located in an area synonymous with design. The combination of a fantastic group of exhibitors and a building steeped in history will make a dramatic and inspiring visitor experience.”

Leading International Exhibitors:

Heading up the stellar line up is luxury British car brand, Jaguar who will showcase their latest sports saloon XE alongside a vast, ground-breaking aluminium sculpture; Word Cloud. Word Cloud has been created by Jaguar design in collaboration with multiple design disciplines. The metal structure is an abstract representation of the new XE consisting of 95 words in seven different languages.

Iconic British designer, Tom Dixon, is set to transform the entire theatre with a headline presentation, calling on the building’s historic roots of a 1970s cinema. Tom Dixon commented: “In an abandoned 300 square metre theatre, ‘The Cinema’ will be an interactive entertainment show highlighting our latest designs through a series of installations.”

At the show entrance, beneath the historical 1930s facade, will sit a buzzing contemporary cafe designed by British contemporary furniture maker, Case. The café will be furnished with exquisite new furniture pieces from Case’s Loku collection by leading Japanese-born designer Shin Azumi. The pop-up café will offer designjunction visitors the finest artisan coffee all day long in partnership with Italian coffee machine experts, La Marzocco.

Italian brand Colè, launched in 2011, produce high quality design, entirely manufactured in Italy. With inspiration taken from the Bauhaus and Scandinavian design, their ranges provide furnishings from chairs and tables to cabinets and coffee tables, for the hospitality and residential sectors. They will showcase new products alongside some of their existing collections.

London based, H Furniture, draw inspiration from their Mexican origins. This April they will collaborate with British artist/designer Ptolemy Mann to explore complex applications of colour and traditional dying techniques to create bespoke editions of their Loom collection.

Luke Irwin London specialises in the design and creation of bespoke, hand-knotted luxury rugs. His pieces are custom made by artisan weavers in Nepal and Jaipur, using different varieties of silk, wool and cashmere to create a unique depth and texture for which he is renowned. He takes up residence on the first floor in a large open space featuring mirrored columns.

Nyta is a young German lighting brand founded by three lighting designers who share a genuine passion for their craft. At designjunction they launch innovative Tilt Globe, a spherical edition of their award-winning light, Tilt. Tilt Globe allows its user to guide the light beam themselves by turning and swivelling the shade in every direction.

Beyond Object is a London-based design label specialising in exquisite and sculptural desktop objects, accessories and tableware. They launch their latest desktop collection, designed by Poetic Lab at designjunction. Pieces in the collection, including a tape dispenser, a letter opener and a pencil sharpener are stripped back to their bare minimum, boasting fluid mirrored surfaces and weighted bases, meaning pieces can act as table weights as well as desktop tools.

New Works is a Copenhagen based design brand that aims to create pieces of work at the intersection of design craft and art. Among several new products, New Works launch Bowl Table Lamp designed by New Works Creative Director, Knut Bendik Humlevik. Inspired by traditional lanterns, this modern update is formed from contrasting glass and copper providing a calm and comforting light for any interior space.

La Chance is a French brand featuring a cosmopolitan selection of work from a new generation of leading designers from around the world. Their collections boast sophisticated, rich and distinctive design. This April, La Chance launch The Zorro Table designed by Stockholm based studio Note Design. This contemporary coffee table has been created in collaboration with high-tech glass manufacturer, AGC, to produce incredible shades and reflections, which give the Zorro Table its distinctive trademark and name.

Punkt. create expertly designed consumer technology to simplify life. In Milan they launch the UC 01 USB charging station designed by British industrial designer and Punkt. Art Director Jasper Morrison. The compact desktop system enables high speed charging and supports up to three devices simultaneously.

VOID Watches is an independent Scandinavian watch brand which focuses on timeless products while boasting a simple Scandinavian aesthetic. The brand was launched by Swedish designer David Ericsson. This April it launches the new V01 Mark II which revisits VOIDS’s original signature model of watch, now available in three colours and with a crisp LCD display.

See you at Casa dell’Opera Balilla

For further information please contact:
Katie Richardson: Rebecca Price: + 44 (0) 203 735 5298

Opening hours:
designjunction edit > Milan takes place from April 15-19th
2015 at Casa dell’Opera Nazionale Balilla, Via Mascagni 6
Wednesday 15th - Saturday 19th 11.00-19.00
Sunday 20th 11.00-15.00