Design Language – Retrospective

Retrospective, Milan 2017

Design Language #1

Designing Grand Tour. Photo by Marica Innocente
The first edition of Design Language is a fact and we want to thank everyone for visiting us at the new location and thank the international press for the incredible coverage; rated within the top 10 of shows by Icon Design Magazine, an extensive article in ELLE Decor, featured on Domusweb and being published in the Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica just to name a few.
Left: court yard Design Language. Right: 3D knitted installation by H. Stoll AG & Co. KG. Photo’s by Ilco Kemmere.
Perspective, 3D tiles by Viviana Degrandi. Photo by Ilco Kemmere.
Design Language’s aim was to create an international business platform at the Milan Design Week where authenticity and variety in design could be found, and that proved to be a huge success. This focus resulted in the participation of more than 55 designers and brands from 21 nationalities, each contributing with unique and characteristic works and a dedicated crowd of visitors that spent quality time viewing the 1600 sqm exhibition space, listening to our 16 Design Language Talks, unwinding with Ofele’s coffee in our Sugar Bar and enjoying the Mixing the Dots Opening Cocktail on the eve of the salone. Mixing the diverse composition of international brands and designers gave rise to unexpected connections among the participants and brought about an international audience.
Vases by hamajima takuya. Photo by Ilco Kemmere.
Left: Soundskins by LEFF amsterdam, Textiel Museum and Studio Truly Truly for SONOS speakers. Photo by Ilco Kemmere.
Right: ‘The Evolution of a Chair’ by Alberto Meda for Alias. Photo by Marica Innocente.
Language assistance
Another unprecedented characteristic of Design Language was the collaboration with Fondazione Milano. We had an excellent and professional support from the interpreter students of Altiero Spinelli College, who besides handling the press desk and assisting at the stands, did an incredible job simultaneously translating the talks from various languages into Italian and English. The Stoll Talks was a master-test deciphering 3D knitting jargon and transferring it into another language.
Design Language press desk.
Prof. Fulvia Tassini and students of Altiero Spinelli College simultaniously translating the Design Language Talks.
Design Language Talks, audiance during one of the 16 talks.
Design Language #2, Milan 2018
The Design Language team is already preparing for the second edition which will take place during the Milan Design Week 2018. If you desire further information please send an email to
Sugar Rush by Paul Schrijen from Atelier 010. Photo by Marica Innocente.
LOCOdesign. Photo by Fabiano Caputo.
Enlightened Design #2, London 2017
The first upcoming event that Connecting the Dots is organising is Enlightened Design during the London Design Festival, 21-24 September 2017. Now in it’s second edition, Enlightened Design will focus on building a bridge between Dutch and British designers and brands; studios from both countries are invited to participate. More information will follow soon, for any inquiries please send an email to
‘The Evolution of a Chair’ by Alberto Meda for Alias. Photo by Marica Innocente.
Fashion on Furniture by ABK Stuttgart. Photo by Ilco Kemmere.
We want to thank all particpating designers and brands, Civica Scuola Interpreti e Traduttori “Altiero Spinelli” and all the students, the City of Milan for it’s patronage, Favini for the contribution to the exhibition design, Archiproducts, Heineken and all other partners for your great support and enthusiasm.
We look forward to welcoming you in 2018!
InsideVase, Cutting Edge, Treetable and B2b desk by Isabel Quiroga. Photo by Ilco Kemmere.
Mixing the Dots Opening Cocktail with DJ Deleau and DJ Mulat. Photo by Marica Innocente.
Participants of Design Language 2017
Chef Martin at Melting Pot, private dinner for exhibitors, students and partners. Photo by Fabiano Caputo.
Melting Pot, private dinner for exhibitors, students and partners. Photo by Fabiano Caputo.
For information and visual materials from the exhibition and the exhibited works, please go to our Press Kit:, or contact our press officer Luc Deleau ( / +31652472990) or project manager Davide Gramatica ( / +393295421868), or visit our website
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