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My Milan: local designer Tristan du Plessis’s 5 top find finds at the fair

The award-winning designer give us his take on Milan Furniture Fair

By House & Garden South Africa | June 16, 2022 | Design

In the second installment of our Salone-in-review series, local design wunderkind Tristan du Plessis takes us through his greatest hits from last week’s frenetic furniture fair.

Lee Broom

‘A true poetic presentation of works, the story behind each piece eloquently told through space and design,’ says Tristan.

British designer Lee Broom’s (literal) megawatt exhibition – titled Divine Inspiration – presented six new lighting designs in his largest showcase at the fair in the history of his brand. Housed in a Brustalist space in Milan's Brera district, it comprised over 100 lights, creating a narrative that spoke to both the manmade and the divinely inspired.

HENGE Showroom

‘An extremely well crafted, strong masculine space with a focus on rich materiality juxtaposed skillfully against industrial elements. This hit all the right notes for me,’ says Tristan. The showcase expressed the idea of a contemporary home-scape – free of trends but rather informed by materiality and the personal needs of the client. Individuality is the cornerstone of Henge’s design philosophy, with each piece offered in a completely customisable format.

Nilufar Gallery

Says Trsitan: ‘A worthwhile Uber trip away from the center of Milan, Nilufar Gallery offers a tastefully curated mix of collectible design in a beautiful industrial setting.’ A fascinating melting pot of styles and influences, the gallery presented the works of 25 artists.

Dedar Milano

‘While I am not the biggest proponent of using bright or patterned fabrics, the selection and quality of their fabric range has me lusting after a project in which I can experiment more with fabric.


‘A beautiful dreamscape of design and innovation with a focus on new techniques in terms of finishes and materiality, going far beyond the standard furniture and lighting ranges,’ says Tristan