Mama mia! The very best designers are here.

What can we say about the new Italian creative scene? Nothing except that we can’t wait to hear the designers themselves talk about it. Today there’s a real buzz in the air in Hall 7 as M&O pays tribute to Italy. People are coming running, if only to catch a glimpse of two queens of design who have already made their mark on history: Rossana Orlandi and Nina Yashar. Looking like they just stepped straight out of a canvas by American painter John Currin, each woman embodies the epitome of style, design and fashion, the perfect balance between a woman of leisure and the modern businesswoman. The same noble approach to art and colour can be found in the work of Luca Nichetto, who is iconic of the versatility of vision that only exceptional designers possess. This Italian design that touches us so deeply is also personified by the style of Missoni Homes, and yet what would this natural grace be without the centuries of artisanal know-how that have gone before: in Italy, remarkable objects are not invented out of thin air, but created on the solid foundations of the past.

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