Salone Internazionale del Mobile and Euroluce 2011

press pass!

As you all know this year was my first time attending the International Furniture Fair and Euroluce in Milan. For the 50th edition of the show I got to be wowed by the best the design world has to offer. I have so much to share of my trip and will post as much as I can in the next few weeks.
Here are some of my quick and dirty highlights of the show:

Vibia Match fixture

How much do you love how perfectly structured and simplistic this fixture is? I can think of a thousand places I would love to see it both residentially and commercially.

Ciacci colorful collection of residential products

Color is back in a big way… great mixes of bright and florescent vs pastels and neutrals with plenty of grey backdrops. I saw this as a theme through the whole show. Everything is very lighthearted, comic book inspired and rejuvenating.

As part of this years Salone Satellite the theme was “50+50 Projects – Designing the future” top 50 projects for the next 50 years included this jawdropping brilliant and simple idea of creating a megaphone for the ipod and iphone… best news ever is that it works! no more searching for ugly speakers and adding one more plug to your overextended power cord!


Italamp had a cute and diverse group of fixtures at this years show. Can you imagine these lamps in a cupcake shop or children’s nursery?!

FLOS at Euroluce 2011

The biggest hit of Euroluce 2011? FLOS by far… this was a packed showroom with designs from some of todays top designers including appearances by all of our favorite design celebrities.

Lumini Bossa Fixture

Photos don’t do this beautiful fixture justice. The tops can be open or closed based on what kind of lighting you are looking for.


These fixtures from Marchetti are stunning. They fill all my boxes: sparkle, gold, glass, unique shape, reflective…. need I say more?

Missura Emme

See what I mean again with the neutral background and pops of pastel or bold colors?! Very well executed!

Nomon Barcelona-Isola by Mario Ruiz

How cute of a wall detail is this? acoustics, time and decor all in one. Beautiful retro touch.


This fixture took my mind straight to the Emirates. The patterns this fixture projects through a space are captivating.

Roche Bobois

Roche Bobois had a beautiful and simple booth with some great pieces. Once again with a theme of cartoon looking neutral and bold color combinations.


Neutral and colorless but rich with detail. This is my kind of bedroom!

VG New Trend

VG NewTrend- always bold and over the top with classy detailing forms and shapes. This booth was like walking into wonderland and was certainly a crown pleaser!


Calgary Interior Design Event – May 5, 2011

Calgary University

Are you a Mount Royal University or Mount Royal College Alumni? are you a product rep/manufacturer, Architect or Contractor? if so be sure to attend this years MRU Interior Design event at the Art Gallery of Calgary on May 5th. I hope to see you there!

Mount Royal University Interior Design Alumni Chapter is hosting a red carpet social event for Mount Royal students, alumni, and industry professionals.  Socialize and network at this celebration destined to be the event of the year for the design industry. All proceeds go towards supporting Mount Royal University Interior Design students. Appetizers will be served along with a cash bar, live music, and a silent auction.

Interior Design Event invitation
DATE: Thursday, May 5, 2011

LOCATION: Art Gallery of Calgary,  117 – 8 Avenue SW

TIME: 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. Silent Auction runs from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.

COST:$50 for MRU Students & Alumni,  $75 for Industry & Guests

REGISTRATION: Purchase tickets from the Office of Alumni and Community Relations; see attached registration form. Call 403.440.7000 or email Please register ASAP; limited space available. Visit the Chapter website for more information.

PARKING: Parking can be found along 9th Ave SW or Bankers Hall Parkade.

Milan International Contemporary Furniture Fair and Euroluce 2011

iSaloni 2011

Milan International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2011


On April 5th my 3 designer friends and I will be on a whirlwind “leaning” tour of Italy during Italian Design Week! My number one mission for the trip… seeing the 50th Anniversary Milan International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ISaloni) and Euroluce to bring you coverage from a Canadian designers perspective on whats hot in Europe and what design trends/details/techniques etc. we can bring back to our slightly behind the design curve continent. For all the great suppliers who will be at the show: I will be there in full force with a press pass, photographer and a journal ready to fill with blog content so be sure to let me know about your product launches for the show.

It’s time to meet the Fantastic 4 (Italian Design Edition)

Courtney Barrett Wolski Design

Courtney Barrett: Interior Designer at Wolski Design and NAIT grad Courtney Barrett is a ball of fun with a passion for the arts and Italian shoes.  She is the group member most likely to be photographed by The Sartorialist in Milan if the stars align. She is a small town girl with a big time heart and a passion for people and design- we click like sisters both being well balanced fun loving Libra’s. Courtney aspires to one day own the Achille Castiglioni Arco Floor Lamp. Her Playlist for the Italy trip will include “Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun” and “Sleephead by Passion Pit”. You will also be able to spot her sporting a pair of Annie hall inspired dress pants. Most excited for Biking through Tuscany and sipping Italian coffee in the mornings.

Celeste Thiesen

Celeste Thiesen: Interior Designer, Shaw Carpet Rep and NAIT teacher Celeste Thiesen’s hat trick of background is a powerful addition to our team Italia. This  woman has History or Art and Architecture running through her veins. She is an organizational queen and derby girl that can ring us all in to keep us all on track in our mission for design inspiration and exploration.

Simon Chu

Simon Chu: Interior Designer at Kasian Simon Chu  a photographer wanna-be, big dreamer (mostly daydreaming) and conceptual designer. He enjoys poetry and long walks on the beach. His temporary alter-ego “ Alessandro” will be in full gear protecting team Italia one bad design at a time. He is also the one who will spot all the details, analyze the concepts and thumbs up the designs.

Laura Bielecki

Laura Bielecki: And then there is me your around the clock interior designer at Kasian, blogger and design inspiration addict. I’m into shiny things and anything with a good texture or color palette. I want to be inspired, left in awe and overwhelmed. I am excited to take a look at a few design schools in Milano and Florence, hopefully meet a few of my design icons and celebrate the passionate culture of Italian furniture and lighting design. You will be sure to spot me in a few extreme boutique hotels, cycling the countryside in Tuscany and enjoying the culinary art of Italian pizza!

Some other Canadians I am aware of that are attending the show include:

  • Vivid Lighting – Nick-Cole Fleshman and Beth Kennedy-Hodge
  • Le Belle Arti – Orlando Milite
  • Gaile Guevara Interior Design – Gaile Guevara

And for a little bit more information on the show via my go to Wikipedia:  “The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is the International Furniture Fair of Milan and the largest decoration trade fair in the world. The annual show showcases the latest in furniture and design from international sources. It is considered by interior designers as a leading exposition for the display of new products by furniture manufacturers, designers, lighting concepts, and other design items. The show is commonly abbreviated as “Salone”, “Milano Salone”, and also “Milan Design Week”. It is held every year, usually in April, in the FieraMilano complex in the Milan metropolitan area town of Rho.”

Will you be attending the show this year? I’d love to hear from you.


Canadian Interiors Magazine Who’s Who

Laura Bielecki Interior Designer Press

Laura Bielecki and other Edmonton Interior Design Industry greats in Canadian Interiors Magazine Jan/Feb 2011 edition

Take a look at the January/February 2011 Canadian Interiors magazine for a couple great shots of some of Edmonton Interior Design industries favorite people! The photos are from the IDA 2010 Christmas Party at TU Gallery in Edmonton- if you remember my article from a little while back. There is a cute little picture of me in there as well with my fellow planners of the event Celeste from Shaw carpet and Laurie from Edgewise design. Any press is good press and Canadian Interiors Magazine is great press…. one step closer to making it in there for a project!