Milan design week: face off

To celebrate the new Design issue launching at Milan Design Week from April 4-9, Oak presents a series previewing the the best new Nordic projects and collaborations to debut at the annual Salone del Mobile

Danish-Italian design duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, aka GamFratesi, are always worth looking out for during Milan design week, and this year they’ve created a plethora of new products and installations.

One of our favourites is their gently witty takeover of the Kvadrat Showroom on Corso Monforte, where they have created a series of big, colourful masks by sculpting and perforating sheets of Kvadrat fabric.

“Textile is the ‘mask’ of a furniture, it changes its personality or make it act in an unexpected way,” explained the designers.

“Masks are not only used in ceremonies, which is a very ancient human practice from different cultures, masks are different meaning for protection or rituals as well used as ornamentation and different performance. Our aim was to emphasize the celebration of textile through this antique tradition.”

The installation is designed to showcase new colours created by Giulio Ridolofo for Kvadrat’s existing textile ranged, including a curtain fabric called Zulu 2. The company is also launching a new fabric by Ridolfo called Recheck that is based on check patterns used in 1950s couture clothing.

View the installation at the Kvadarat Showroom, Corso Monforte 15, until April 9.