"It is nice to have a walk in the park next to exhibition: Ultra body curated by Beppe Finessi in the Sforzesco Castle, where they present one of the dolls of a graduation project of Daphna."

Daphna Laurens

Our friends and collaborators Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders in the interview and their coffee table from "Cirkel" collection in the heart of Sforzesco castle, Milan. Illustration by Jana Trávníčková.


Describe briefly your project featuring at The Front Room?
The new pieces designed by Daphna Laurens presented in the collection “Cirkel” have a shared basis, the circle. Two dimensional drawings and ideas took shape during the last months in their workshop by modifying this elemental shape. Composing, cutting and twisting the surface, adding or removing lines, applying materials and colour resulted in the design of the new coffee table and wall lights. At the same time a more philosophical approach is the foundation for the mirrors: Elephant, Owl and Mole. Luigi Pirandello (1904): “Fantasy embellishes the product by encircling it and, as it were, illuminating it from within with those precious images of which it reminds us or to which we feel an instinctive connection.”

What do you visit in Milan every year?
The Established & Sons presentation, Rossana Orlandi and coffee bars

Do you have any every year ritual in Milan?
No rituals for Daphna Laurens, just hoping to be surprised with some sunny weather and meet nice people to work with in the future!

Do you know some good places for nice lunch or dinner in Milan?
Verger at Via varese, they also have nice clothing.

What are you looking forward to see in Milan this year?
The Sofalamp and Fruitlamp from our Tafelstukken collection, being produced by Cappellini. We are very curious to see the end result.

Do you have some recommendations to visit something else in Milan this year?
No actually not really, it is nice to have a walk in the park next to Exhibition: Ultra body
curated by Beppe Finessi in the Sforzesco Castle, where they present one of the dolls of a graduation project of Daphna.

Where else we can see your exhibited products in Milan this year?
Daphna Laurens will present their new version of Cover at the exhibition Untouchables Retouched by Dutch Invertuals. As written above the Sofalamp and Fruitlamp will be on show at the Cappellini presentation. Daphna Laurens is proud to be “One of 12 young designers selected to participate in the Poltrona Frau Centenary Armchair contest at Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation via Solari 35 Zona Tortona”.

Visit The Front Room at Ca' Laghetto space, Via Laghetto 11, Milan, 17 - 22 April. We will be there!