Erik recently had the opportunity to travel to Milan, Italy with interior designer, Elizabeth Rosensteel, on a tour hosted by our colleagues from design showroom, Studio3125. The group attended Salone del Mobile Milano, the most important furniture fair of the year. Salone del Mobile features over 2,000 exhibitors, including the biggest names and newcomers, launching their latest products. The exhibition covers over one million square feet of convention floor space and brings another million visitors to the event from around the world. Traditional and contemporary interiors and exteriors are featured. This year brought back Euroluci – the lighting expo filling 400,000 square feet with the latest in indoor, outdoor lighting innovations. Also exciting to see was Workplace 3.0 which explores new ways of designing office space furniture.
As a side trip to this event, the tour was hosted by Antonio Lupo along with more than 200 others from all over the world for a presentation of their new amazing products. Four siblings head a modern international company of bathroom products creating an experience – tailored to body and soul. Day one began with dinner in Sienna for all 200 guests. Day two included walking tours of Sienna and a 4 hour lunch in the historic quarter ending with an amazing dinner at winery, Villa Dianella, outside of Florence. Day 3 was the tour of their manufacturing plant east of Florence, ending with a celebration lunch. The trip was truly an amazing experience. During the trip Erik was also able to fulfill a few personal bucket list items by attending an opera at La Scala and seeing the Last Supper by DaVinci.
Our fearless leader has been all over lately! Erik recently attended a CMAA Convention in San Fran, visited San Antonio to participate in the Pella Design Council, and visited Los Angeles to pop in to our new office and to check out the Pacific Design Center’s WestWeek events. First, Erik
PHX’s Maurita Harris attended the first meeting of the inaugural chapter of NOMA, National Organization of Minority Architects. Maurita is one of 18 founding members to the Arizona Chapter which looks to inspire and empower under-served communities. To kick-off the chapter, the first meeting included a March Madness job search