For the first time we saw davidpompa tiles on Pinterest and fell in love and this year in Milan we could finally see their products live.

Studio davidpompa was born out of the desire to create contemporary design with a strong commitment to Mexican identity & craftsmanship.
The spirit of finding what is Mexico and combining it with something new to create something simple and prefect.

Studio davidpompa is a young interdisciplinary design studio based in Mexico and Austria.
Founder David Pompa Alarcón grew up in both countries and has a strong relationship to Mexican culture. He studied product design in London. In 2013 the designer opens his first store in Mexico City.

The idea to work with Mexican artisanry started with a trip to Oaxaca in 2009 where David saw artisans work with "Barro Negro" for the first time. Since then we are committed to Mexican culture and artisanry. Doing that required a complete new way and challenges boundaries of culture, product and material.

Combining tradition and innovation with our passion for high quality inspires our lighting and furniture. To rethink and reinvent Mexican artisanry is the concept for all our collections. There is a surprising magic in traditional materials when combining them with new techniques and ideas.

Another cool stuff from Milan Design Week.
Salvatori is Italian design company known the world over for its transformation of stone into beautiful and surprising textures.
Their headquarters are dominated by the Apuan Alps, home to the imposing Carrara quarries with their gleaming white gashes. For centuries man has hewn the marble from them, treasuring the stone for its qualities of permanence and endurance.

The nice selection of the stone:

Of course we need to give some attention to Carrara marble. The classic marble, sought after the world over, Bianco Carrara remains a perennial favourite and is considered the marble “par excellence”.
Used for some of the world’s most famous buildings and sculptures around the world, it comes in several different types enhanced by different vein patterns.

Let's check some textures for Carrara marble.

Honed - plain surface that we love and use quite often.

Romboo - quite interestic geometric surface.

Bamboo - straight plain stripes. Nice and simple.

Raw - plain stripes with a bit of displacement.

Cuscini - the soft effect of a pillow. Headboard maybe? :)

Coelux is an optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky. Coelux offers a breakthrough opportunity for indoor architecture by creating the sensation of infinite space.

We have seen Coelux artificial window in Boffi showroom in Milan and was amazed how real it looked. This is an ideal way to bring some natural light into the basement spaces or rooms without actual windows.

Terrazzo (Italian for “terrace”) has an interesting origin rooted in the 15th century. It was originally invented by Venetian construction workers as a low cost flooring material using marble chips from upscale jobs. The workers would usually set them in clay to surface the patios around their living quarters. Consisting originally of marble chips, clay, and goat milk (as the sealer), production of terrazzo became much easier after the 1920s and the introduction of electric industrial grinders and other power equipment.

Terrazzo Grinders & Finishers Up To 1920

Terrazzo is a composite material, poured in place or precast, which is used for floor and wall treatments. It consists of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable chips.Terrazzo is cured and then ground and polished to a smooth surface.

Many of the Palladian country houses and villas in the areas around Venice and Vicenza had floors in terrazo laid by local craftsmen. Practitioners became more in demand and in the 18th and 19th centuries the "terrazzieri", as they were known, began emigrating throughout Europe and all over the world.

The beauty and versatility of terrazzo offers today's architects/designers a contemporary flooring and wall material for interior and exterior design use. 

Couleurs et Matières is a French manufacturer of terrazzo and cement tiles.
Couleurs et Matières's founders fell in love with this material, a never ending source of inspiration.
They brought this traditional material into more modern and contemporary patterns.

Terrazzo tiles from Couleurs et Matières:

During our walk through Milan's alleys and passages we found a lot of well-known and new showrooms. The day was exhausting but totally worth it!

We didn't forget to visit Cea's showroom. Sometimes we specify some products from this brand and we really like the look.

Biddulph Mansions

The showroom didn't dissapoint us. Cool fixtures in cool place!

Really like the new wooden fixtures:

And we miss Milan weather so much!