What is a Millennial? The answer at Milan Design Week 2018

| Martina Pardo | Exhibitions & Design Finds

We all know what is a Millennial, right?

Millennials are those young people born before we entered the year 2000, all between 20-40 years old. This is the official definition but is it good enough to describe us?

I'm a Millennial too, and a proud one. That's why I was all psyched when I discovered this amazing exhibition organised by Elle Decor, designed by DWA_Design Studio and called "OnLife: Millennials at Home". It's still my favourite exhibition of Fuorisalone 2018. I loved it, and if you are a Millennial you'll love it too. Here's why!

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What is a Millennial?

The reason why the exhibition was so nice is that they associated Millennials with their peculiar way of interacting in a residential environment. As a result, the exhibition wasn't only about interior design but also social behaviours, which was really interesting.

Millennials were divided into 4 categories:

  • 20-25 >> Digital Natives. Those who see the house as a workshop to experiment with their passions. Potentially, they see the world as their home.
  • 25-30 >> Life Sharers. Those of us who share a lot, being mostly involved in co-housing and co-working situations.
  • 30-35 >> Family Fans. They value the concept of family and mainly live in the kitchen, which is the place where values related to nurturing and care are transmitted.
  • 35-40 >> Home Curators. Their home represents their own personal world and reflects their deepest tastes.

If you were wondering what is a Millennial now you can start asking yourself if you belong to any of these categories and whether your attitude reflects them. I am 30 and use both co-housing and co-working, spot on!

OnLife: Millennials at Home | The exhibition

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During the exhibition, you could walk into a lot of different settings. Each one of them represented a group of Millennials, divided by age as described above. Millennial pink was omnipresent as well as multicolour lighting and a super welcoming atmosphere. It seemed to be into a daydreaming reality.

The technology was perfectly integrated into all the homes, with Google Home Mini, HP technology for a proper mobile home office, and Vape Home Control.

There was also a great interactive wallpaper that came alive when touched.

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I particularly liked the area with mini-bedrooms organised in bunk beds and Urban style looking. It's my ideal home, with vinyls and a few well-chosen fancy accessories. Also, the sticky notes randomly attached to the furniture were really cute!

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The goodbye

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At the end of the exhibition, we could choose one of our favourite settings and pose for a professional photograph. Obviously me and my friend Federica accepted immediately and went for the yellow sofa! Are we enough Millennial-looking?

More Milan Design Week 2018 discoveries on this article about my Top 10 Design Finds!

Martina Pardo

Written by: Martina Pardo

I am Martina, an Italian designer based in London. I spend most of my time designing interiors or writing about it. I also love travelling. You may find me walking around the East End of London, drinking coffee and stopping at every single bookshop I bump into.

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