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Ten Instagram highlights from Milan design week 2019

Large inflatable bubbles, a car made out of Rimowa suitcases and a mirrored pavilion were among the installations that were tagged using our #milanogram2019 hashtag during this year's Milan design week.

Over 6,000 photographs were tagged with the #milanogram2019 hashtag on Instagram during the biggest event of the design calendar, which took place from 8 to 14 April.

Here's a look at 10 of the best shots, selected by social media assistant Fiona Hartley:


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Adjacent Fields by Linda Tegg and Jil Sander

Australian artist Linda Tegg sourced "spontaneous plants" to create this living installation inside the Jil Sander HQ in Milan.

Tegg wants to make people question their relationship with nature by bringing them into close contact with plants in a new context.

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Conifera by Arthur Mamou-Mani and COS

The most Instagrammed installation of the week was French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani's large-scale parametric structure, built for fashion brand COS from 3D-printed bioplastic bricks.

The bricks were 3D-printed using a mixture of polylactic acid, pigment and wood pulp in a lattice structure, allowing light to pervade through the structure while taking full advantage of the strength of the material.


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Echo Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Located in the centre of Milan's Palazzo Litta, the mirrored Echo Pavilion was designed to be both "imposing but very invisible".

The stainless steel-clad structure reflected the baroque surroundings of the palazzo's courtyard and lined up exactly with the building's details, and also with the paving patterns on the ground below.


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FAR by Studio Vedèt at Nilufar Depot 

This exhibition at Nilufar Depot, curated by Studio Vedèt, saw designers produce work that explored the common themes of membranes, coatings and stratification.

Space Caviar created the exhibition design, which included 1960s-style bubble structures, and other highlights included rainbow-hued objects by Odd Matter.


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No Man's Land by Raf Simons and Kvadrat 

To showcase four new textiles in collaboration with Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons, textile company Kvadrat installed a desolate suburban neighbourhood inside an industrial space, featuring a bed of wildflowers and pre-fabricated structures by architect Jean Prouvé.


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Formations by Note Design Studio

Geometric totem poles topped with 3D shapes were designed by Note Design Studio to showcase Tarkett's IQ Surface, a durable material that can cover rounded, angular forms, and can also be continuously recycled.


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Tides by Kwangho Lee and Wang & Söderström

Inspired by the sun, moon and earth, South Korean designer Kwangho Lee and Danish practice Wang & Söderström created an other-worldly landscape that invited users to explore hidden terrains that revealed themselves with changes in the tide.


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AQUA: Leonardo da Vinci’s Water Vision by Marco Balich

In this installation, an LED screen acted as a window of prediction, showing what the future of Milan will look like according to artist Marco Balich.

The screen depicted an ever-changing skyline and was located at the canal lock gates, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, to honour the 500th anniversary of the artist's death.


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Breeze of Light by Nendo 

Japanese studio Nendo teamed up with air conditioning manufacturer Daikan to create an immersive installation that featured 17,000 polarised film flowers.

The height of each flower was staggered, which produced the illusion of a smooth, continuous landscape.


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Gas by Guillermo Santoma and Rimowa  

A fully-functioning car made out of Rimowa suitcases took centre stage in this installation by Guillermo Santoma, which drew inspiration from the artist's love of the American west coast.

In collaboration with Rimowa and creative studio Kaleidoscope, viewers were invited to explore a conceptual gas station alongside a photographic zine and short film.