The figures are in and Milan Design Week 2018 was the city’s biggest design gathering ever with half a million visitors in just six days. Now that the dust has settled, more space revisits the week’s highlights with a look at Australian brand SP01.
SP01 showed in two locations, one in the city and the other on Milan's industrial fringe. Inside Casa Via Cesare Correnti an 18th-century traditional Milanese residential building, the satellite exhibition 'Local Milan' was curated by Local Design’s founder Emma Elizabeth and presented a collective of Australian designers.
On show at Via Tortona 31 the new Tim Rundle collection celebrated detail, simplicity and refinement. The New Zealand-born and London-based designer marked his first collection for SP01 by using a diverse palette of materials, including marble, soft and luxurious fabrics including velvet, simply detailed metals and finishes that celebrate each element.
Describing the design intent of the new collection as based around the principle of honest design, Rundle remarks: “It is the process I apply to every piece. That’s why we worked with raw materials like stone and timber and just metal.” The key element of the collection is the articulated metal frame, a detail that beautifully counterbalances the plush upholstery and hewn stone.
Further additions to the brand include new pieces for both the indoor and outdoor collections, including a series of high tables for outdoor dining, and a sneak preview of a new storage and table collection by Metrica. When it all comes together in one show, the beauty of the brand can also be seen in the ability of each piece to work together, every new collection comfortably weaving in with the last.
Tom Fereday presented his first collection for SP01, an outdoor range of chairs and tables in various configurations crafted in intricately bent metal wire.
Building on SP01’s first collection by the Milanese design studio Metrica which presented the brand’s philosophy for rigorous design and integrity in form, material and production, SP01 Outdoor continues the group’s partnership with Italian manufacturers and craftsmen who when talking with Fereday, really pushed their production capabilities to achieve the details required. Working on this collection was also challenging for SP01 in terms of meeting the demands of a tough Australian environment, so the group undertook salt mist testing for 1500 hours to ensure the highest quality outcome.
A brand that is just over 2 years old (their first collection launched in Milan in 2017), SP01 is already turning heads and winning hearts around the world. The collection now represented by design showrooms from Sydney to Vienna – including A+R Design in LA, Inform Interiors in Canada, Archetypal in Hong Kong, Koperhuis in Belgium; Silvera in France and the UK; and Diseno in Austria.