Let’s take our mind off fashion for a minute as sometimes input from other creative industries can be just the more inspiring. Last week, the crème de la crème of product, industrial or furniture design once again gathered in Milan on occasion of the renowned furniture fair Salone del Mobile and the countless exhibitions, happenings (and Aperitivo options) around it. Unable to visit all of the 1,258 (seriously) events that spread throughout the city during the six days of what is called “Fuorisalone” (the Salone outside of the actual fair), this is the very subjective Top 8 list of all installations and displays we have seen last week - in no specific order.

Cos x Snarkitecture installation
The Swedish fashion retailer, known for its artful approach, has teamed up with Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Brooklyn-based design studio Snarkitecture to create an installation of ground-touching white paper stripes in Milan’s Brera district. Wondering through this dense maze, one would end up in a temporary mini Cos store. Chapeau!

Louis Vuitton’s 'Objets Nomades'
The French fashion house asked nine designers (such as Nendo, Atelier Oi or Patricia Urquiola) to create portable objects inspired by Louis Vuitton’s signature luggage goods, celebrating the art of traveling. Beautifully staged in Palazzo Bocconi, the results reached from a leather hammock or a packable desk to a foldable beach chair or portable bell lamps.

'Fuha the expression of air' by Fabrica for Daikin
In a project for Daikin, 10 young talents from the iconic Veneto-based design studio Fabrica have investigated into the topic of how air manifests its existence in physical space. Their installations, shown at a backyard space in Brera, visualized air in the form of sound, weight or substance.

'Movements' by Caesarstone
Upraising design talent Philippe Malouin created the two-part installation “Movements” for quartz surface manufacturer Caesarstone that was shown in the marvelous Palazzo Serbelloni. While one part staged a pretty set of 20 planters, the second part of the installation was a set of eight swings created from new Caesarstone materials. Never swung in such a majestic setting!

Mindcraft exhibition
Organized by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish Agency for Culture, the Mindcraft exhibitions showcase the work of Danish design and crafts talents. This season’s edition was spectacularly set on a mirrored glass floor in between the archways of the Basilica di San Simpliciano backyard. Included a fun umbrella-like sculpture by fashion designer Henrik Vibskov.

'A Matter of Perception: products & materials' hosted by Damn Magazine and Mosca Partners
Even if you didn’t take a single look at the displayed objects (which would have been grossly negligent), this exhibition would have been worth a visit just for its absolutely stunning setting in Palazzo Litta. Damn Magazine and Mosca Partners hosted a selection of architects and designers under the general working title of how materials affect and define an object or idea. Highlight: The selection of new Brazilian furniture design.

'Kneeling' by We Make Carpets
Incredibly detailed handcraft was displayed by We Make Carpets in the Lambrate district. As the title says, the Amsterdam collective make carpets – but not your regular textile floor coverings. We Make Carpet’s artworks are made of such random objects as pasta or chalks or plastic forks – delicately arranged together in beautiful temporary installations. Better don’t step on them!

'Eat Shit' by Design Academy Eindhoven
Amongst a lot of good (and some very good) work presented by the design offspring from different art schools and universities, the display of the Design Academy Eindhoven at Lambrate was particularly outstanding. Under the potentially ungrateful topic of shit, the students of the school’s new Food Non Food department investigated into food culture, waste and recycling with such innovative results as light that illuminates by the movement of octopus bacteria.