For the first time in three years, Milan Design Week—as well as furniture fair Salone del Mobile—has finally returned to its usual April slot. Attendees from the art, design, and fashion worlds descended on the Italian city in droves, taking in installations and presentations by the biggest names in design and interiors. Mega fashion brands also presented their own interior collections, from large-scale installations by Louis Vuitton to American homewares by Ralph Lauren. Below, PALMER highlights the biggest fashion moments from Milan.
For Design Week, Ralph Lauren brought American style to Milan, transforming its boutique on Via della Spiga. A patchwork quilt of fabrics from the Ralph Lauren Home collection draped the façade, while in the courtyard at The Bar, wicker club chairs and banquettes were upholstered with antique-inspired fabrics, and tables were set with the floral Ralph Lauren x Burleigh earthenware.
Louis Vuitton presented several activations throughout the week. For the French house’s 11th year presenting its Objets Nomades collection, 11 new pieces of functional furniture and objects were unveiled, featuring designs by Atelier Oï, Raw Edges, Atelier Biagetti, Marcel Wanders, Zanellato/Bortotto, Studio Louis Vuitton, and Campana. The house also launched the Cabinet of Curiosities, a reimagining of a classic Louis Vuitton trunk by industrial designer Marc Newson. Finally, Louis Vuitton’s annual exhibition of nomadic architecture this year featured a pavilion by French architect Marc Fornes, a large-scale, organic structure created from ultra-thin aluminum sheets.
For the first time, Giorgio Armani opened the doors to its historic headquarters at Palazzo Orsini, revealing this year’s Armani/Casa collection. In the frescoed and mirrored rooms that normally house part of the Armani Privé atelier, wicker furniture pieces, Art Deco accessories, and Murano glass mingled with the detailed architecture. Upon entering the building’s 17th–century secret garden, visitors discovered the brand’s first outdoor collection of solid teak furniture upholstered with a textured outdoor fabric.
Loro Piana also opened up its Milanese headquarters, with an installation inside the Cortile della Seta by Argentinian designer and artist Cristián Mohaded. Named “Apecheta,” the towering installation is inspired by the piles of stones left by travelers to mark paths and passes in the Andes (called Apechetas). Nestled inside were furniture pieces designed by Mohaded; curved, tactile, and reminiscent of the stones stacked around them.
Missoni‘s playful presentation, called Living Inside – Out, highlighted the brand’s new poufs. Plush donut and panettone shapes were rendered in the Italian brand’s colorful textiles, and whimsically arranged throughout the space—sometimes suspended from the ceiling.
Leaning into “the power of fundamentals,” Hermès presented its collection of furniture and objects in a stripped-back setting. Minimalist lamps, graphic rugs and blankets, and refined chairs were displayed against an iron grid, while a breakfast service with signature equestrian details add a playful element.