Milan's fuorisalone organisers vow to hold events in September despite doubts over Salone del Mobile

Sixteen of Milan’s design platforms have joined forces to commit to holding events in September even if the Salone del Mobile is forced to cancel.

The citywide events and venues, collectively known as the fuorisalone, issued a statement confirming that they will hold design shows from 5 to 10 September.

“The Milan fuorisalone, represented by a broad group of its most notable participant organisations, is pleased to confirm that its activities in and around the city of Milan will go ahead from the 5th to the 10th of September as planned,” said the statement.

It added that events will take place “in full compliance with all precautionary measures necessary to safeguard the health of participants and the public”.

Fuorisalone will happen in September

Signatories of the statement include design exhibition platforms Alcova, Tortona Design Week, Isola Design District and Brera Design District.

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8 items we love from the Kelly Hoppen QVC collection

Yes, Kelly Hoppen has released a totally lovely homeware collection at QVC. And, this Kelly Hoppen QVC collection is filled with everything from space-savvy furniture to cosy bedding and accessories that are to die for. Not just that, but this collection – K by Kelly Hoppen – is all neutral in colour to make it on-trend, and it’s high in quality to last for years to come. Itching to know what’s on offer? We’ve been doing a little shopping ourselves at QVC, in Kelly Hoppen’s collection, and we’ve handpicked a few buys and popped them below for you to browse.

Related: Amanda Holden’s 2021 BundleBerry collection is live at QVC – here’s everything we want to buy

Click to shop the entire QVC Kelly Hoppen collection for yourself. Keep scrolling for our 8 top picks.

Kelly Hoppen’s QVC collection – our 8 favourite buys

1. K by Kelly Hoppen Rectangular

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Max Enrich sculpts lamps from upholstery foam for Gaudi's Casa Batlló

Pastel-coloured upholstery foam is cut into geometric totems to form a series of floor lights, created by Barcelona designer Max Enrich to contrast with the organic architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

Simply called Totem, the collection encompassing five lamps was commissioned as a homage to Gaudi’s Casa Batlló as the building remains closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Blue foam Totem light by Max Enrich in Casa Batlló
The Totem collection was designed for Gaudi’s Casa Batlló

“I was invited to create a project for these weird times, as the house is shut down,” Enrich told Dezeen.

“I was considering a few ideas until I got there. The place is magnificent and its details and forms are imposing so I was considering projects that blend in with this space,” he continued.

“But I realised I was doing it wrong. It wasn’t about competing with the house but rather about creating an opposite: non-integration.”

Cuboid pink foam light photographed in Casa Batlló
The lights are sculpted from
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Explore this stylish Grade II-listed house in Cheltenham bursting with character

There are so many little details that make this home in Cheltenham special – from its interesting history (the house dates back to 1830) to its cantilevered staircase and ceiling mouldings. Located in Ashford Road, just south of the town centre, this house is in part of The Suffolks, an area considered to be one of Cheltenham’s most fashionable residential locations.

See all our amazing house tours for more inspiration

Part of an attractive and prominent terrace of six houses, this Grade II-listed property features four bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus some mighty fine period details – and it’s all set over four floors. Fancy a look around?

Ashford Road

Living room

Image credit: Knight Frank

There are two large open-plan reception rooms, divided by parliament hinged doors. Here, in the main living room, you’ll spot sash-hung windows, an ornate fireplace and beautiful cornicing.

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This week Abiboo envisioned a city on Mars for quarter of a million people

This week on Dezeen, a video fly-through showed architecture studio Abiboo’s proposal for Nüwa city, which was designed to be the first permanent city on Mars.

The city, which was envisioned to house up to 250,000 people, would be embedded into a cliff face.

It was designed by Abiboo for non-profit organisation the Mars Society to be a self sufficient and sustainable settlement.

“It is a sustainable and self-sufficient city with a strong identity and sense of belonging,” Abiboo founder Alfredo Munoz told Dezeen in an exclusive interview. “Nüwa is conceived to be the future capital of Mars.”

D render by Andrés Reisinger
NFTs will usher in a “creative and artistic renaissance” say designers

Interest in NFTs continued this week with digital designers telling Dezeen the technology will lead to a wave of artistic innovation as creatives can sell work directly to customers.

“We’re right at the beginning of the frontier,” 3D artist Alexis Christodoulou … Read more

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