DANIELE LAURENTINI Daniele Laurentini Interior Designer B.I.D., La Sapienza University of Rome, M.I.D. Scoula Politecnica Design in Milan Daniele grew up in Milan, immersed in the style and culture of the fashion capital of the world. With a graduate degree in Interior Design from Milan's prestigious Scuola Politecnica di Design, Daniele brings his international design sensibilities to Audax's commercial, residential and hospitality projects. From space planning to custom furniture designs, Daniele demonstrates a fluent understanding of global style trends and the interplay between design, culture and fashion. How does Milan and Toronto differ in their design cultures? In Milan design is everywhere, it's embedded in every part of the city and people's daily lives. For example, contemporary fashion brands have a huge influence, dominating shopping districts with their own cafés, hotels and restaurants in addition to retail stores. Milan is also full of many beautiful classical buildings and public spaces, which means designers need to work very hard stand out. On the contrary, Toronto is a much younger city with many opportunities to create new buildings and spaces that can have a big impact. Why do Italians dress so well with such great style? Fashion brands have a large presence in Italy and have found ways to communicate their brand and style beyond their clothing lines. For example, Marc Jacobs opened a restaurant that makes one of the best burgers in the city. But more than good food, the restaurant has a beautiful outdoor piazza with well-coordinated architecture and interiors. So you don't have to necessarily shop at their retail stores or wear their clothes to be influenced by their aesthetic. In Italy there is also a large variety of independent clothing stores and designers, so Italians are used to mixing and matching of styles. We don't have the one size fits all mentality.