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Escape the Everyday: The Milan Retreat

Explore how space, design and tactility can work together to create a form of escape.

In the world of today, we are over-connected and overwhelmed. The lines between work and home life are becoming increasingly blurred, and our new dependence on technology has made us afraid of ‘switching off’. Our conscious minds are never allowed to be still and the idea of contemplation is rejected, often confused with boredom.

So how can we nourish our soul and how can the spaces we inhabit act as a retreat to quiet racing minds? How can they offer balance? How does our environment affect our ability to be inspired, to be creative or calm? Setting the scene for a modern get-away, Carl Hansen & Søn has created the Milan Retreat, introduced at the 2018 Milan Furniture Fair - inviting you to escape, get away from the distractions of the city and revel in a moment of peace.

A retreat is defined as a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax: a refuge, haven or sanctuary. It may be somewhere we leave our homes to go to, but more and more, we still want to feel ‘at home’ in this place – somewhere to ‘retreat’ to without leaving. If modern escapism is to distract our minds with endless social media or the next stimuli available to us, then we are perhaps disconnected from the environment and objects around us.

The Carl Hansen & Søn philosophy is anchored by timelessness, comfort and craftsmanship and through our Milan Retreat, we explore how space, design and tactility can work together to create a form of escape. A place to awaken our senses and reconnect with the space around us. One where we can find time for personal reflection or inspiration, and communally to reconnect with loved ones, or meet new friends.

Designed as a destination for a weekend getaway, our retreat is as comfortable and familiar as home, but with a more tailored focus on luxurious features, warm materials and contemporary design anchored by crafted detail.

Architecturally, curved walls create a feeling of being enveloped, which floor to ceiling windows in key communal areas support the connection to nature and its sense of peace. Soft, inviting colors including dark burgundy, russet, emerald green, warm greys and earthy neutrals mix with rich woods, textiles and tiles, accented by an eclectic

collection of objects that add intrigue and invite conversation. Rooms are mostly open plan, sectioned over multiple levels to create a change of pace from space to space. By prioritizing warmth, comfort and tranquility throughout, it is a place that encourages hibernation and escapism.

Communication | Open Kitchen

The open kitchen was designed to put connection at its heart. Guests can mingle and chat, helping themselves to drinks and snacks from the central island, sitting informally on Wegner bar stools. Meals are eaten communally on the large Børge Mogensen Hunting Tables, flanked by PK1wicker chairs; spaces to share good food and good stories. A dedicated casual seating area allows guests to linger after dinner, talking late into the night on Wegner lounge chairs.


Relaxation | Lounge & Library

A cozy lounge embraces hygge with a choice of lounge chairs, sofas and daybeds on which to curl up with a book or have the ultimate luxury of the time-poor: a chance for mindful meditation. A central fireplace creates a soothing atmosphere, complemented by the warm woods, plush leathers and luxurious fabrics of the furniture, from the Kaare Klint sofa to Hans J. Wegner’s iconic Wing Chair.

The lounge adjoins the library, a flow of space softened by partitioned walls, allowing guests to relax in the company of others, or find their own hideaway in which to rest and recuperate. The library offers a retreat into literature, creating a quiet space for guests to escape into a favorite book, write at the Arne Jacobsen Society Table or enjoy pre-dinner cocktails served from crystal ware on the Mogens Koch bookcase.

Inspiration | Communal Study & Film Room

A retreat from daily life and work doesn’t mean a retreat from creativity, thoughts or inspiration. The first floor has a choice of communal areas in which to work, exchange ideas and have the mental and physical space to reflect.

One of Carl Hansen & Søn’s newest collections is showcased here: the Preludia Series by American designer Brad Ascalon. The series focuses on functionality, quality, comfort and aesthetics, designed with a human-centric approach, making it ideal for a flexible, versatile environment.

At the end of the day, guests can retreat to the film room, a raised platform tucked behind the open kitchen.

Here, Ole Wanscher’s comfy Colonial Chairs and Footstools are the unassuming yet timeless focus; beautiful, stable chairs with a simple and refined expression, ideal for a long sit down for guests wanting to escape into their imaginary film world.

Contemplation | Spa Sanctuary & Terrace

Our spa and wet room is a sanctuary: cocooning guests in tiled and wood paneled curved walls. Moments of solitude and peace can be experienced in carefully selected chairs, including Kaare Klint’s Safari Chairs and Propeller Stools.

An outdoor partially-enclosed terrace promotes the virtues of fresh air and highlights the natural flow between indoors and outdoors.


It is the perfect space for the modernist Bodil Kjær Indoor-Outdoor series, conceived to complement the aesthetic and functional interplay between buildings and outdoor space.

At the same time, each piece offers the highest degree of comfort; ergonomically designed and ideal for both relaxing and socializing.

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When you choose a product from Carl Hansen & Søn, you get more than just a piece of furniture. You become part of a proud tradition of distinctive and beautiful craftsmanship, where nothing has been left to chance. Where all furniture is manufactured with a great love for design and the history of the crafting process. We are the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, and we also manufacture furniture created by renowned furniture designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Ole Wanscher, Kaare Klint, Poul Kjærholm, Bodil Kjær, and Tadao Ando. Carl Hansen & Søn represents more than 100 years of Danish design history, and our furniture is sold worldwide. 


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