Clockwise from top left: the Wallpaper* party, the Molteni party, United Nude's 3D-printed footwear show, and Kartell's Ettore Sottsass Memphis tribute display.
Ian Volner Clockwise from top left: the Wallpaper* party, the Molteni party, United Nude's 3D-printed footwear show, and Kartell's Ettore Sottsass Memphis tribute display.


Two members of what we'll call the Global Design Tribe run into each other on the long, glass-canopied catwalk of the Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas’, Hon. FAIA's, massive Fiera Milano complex, Salone’s bustling headquarters.

“Hey,” says the first, “did you go to the Wallpaper* party last night?”    

“Yeah,” the second says, “but it was too dark, so I couldn’t see anyone. Then I went to the Kartell party, where they were doing the Ettore Sottsass-designed, Memphis-tribute collection, but I couldn’t see that either because the line was too long. And then I went to the 80th birthday party for Italian design company Molteni, where they were exhibiting some of their classic chairs by Gio Ponti, but I was only upstairs for a minute before security pushed us out. Then I went to United Nude’s 3D printing show, which was okay but I’m really sick of everything at Salone being about shoes so I walked out pretty much right away, and then I tried to go the Serpenti installation that Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, did with Bulgari, but it had already ended.”

A brief pause.  

Then the second asks the first: “So what did you do?”

“The exact same thing.”

“Weird, I didn’t see you,” the second replies.

“Yeah,” says the first. “Weird.”