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Rossana Orlandi: The Fairy Godmother of the Design World (VIDEO)

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Rossana Orlandi is the fairy godmother of designers. When it comes to design, her philosophy is love and that's exactly why her space, which she opened in 2002, feels very much like a guesthouse for all sorts of talent rather than merely a gallery. Orlandi is known for having a great eye for discovering emerging talent, and finding the next Tom Dixon amongst graduating students. It goes without saying that for the second year in a row, Orlandi gave the prime spot in the Spazio's courtyard to the top graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which was a highlight for many.

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Spazio Rossana Orlandi manages to be the highlight of Salone del Mobile in Milan year after year; the impressive courtyard space and the surrounding galleries happens to be everyone's favourite hangout during the fair. Orlandi's persona never goes unnoticed; tiny but vivacious, she prances around the space chatting to visitors whilst connecting established designers with the newcomers in the industry. For our interview, she rang up a choice of her favourite designers, such as Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings on their collaboration with Japanese ceramics company 1616 Arita, Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto at BCXSY on their Bauhaus furniture concept and Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson on their new 'Trace Light' project, to name a few.

Text by Seyna Van Der Linden for Crane.tv

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