Every now and again, work takes me out of London and into some fun places. Usually I fly in and out, or spend all my time in a hotel room or at some office complex on the outskirts of the city. But once in a rare while, I get some down time to do a bit of sightseeing as well. Luckily, that was the case last week – I had 20 hours in Milan, and four of those were completely mine to do what I pleased.
The hotel I stayed in was very near the central square, so I wandered over to the Duomo and basked in the glow of the cool white stonework in the hot summer sun. The detail of the structure is absolutely stunning (would you expect anything less from the Italians?) and the way it captures and reflects light takes my breath away every time.
I then wandered a bit further, only to stumble upon a Warhol exhibition. I’ve always liked his art, but had never seen it in person. So this happy coincidence put a huge smile on my face, and I’ll be attempting to track down a few of his Sunrise prints for our house.
Whenever I walk around Italy, I am impressed by the contrast between old and new. The Italians are very good with using interesting materials, and contrasting curves with angles. And they’re not afraid to use colour or modern design inside ancient buildings; in fact, I’d say they’ve perfected it. It reassures me that some of the contrasts I quite like are not completely mad; instead they help breathe new life into an old building.
Whenever I get time away from London, I like to try and capture one interesting thing that I will take home; whether it’s a specific souvenir or something I’ve learned. And I think ‘one thing’ from this trip to Italy will be finding ways to add texture and contrast to our home through interesting materials. What would you do?