These new developments spread like wildfire, especially as foldaway beds hit the market, hidden away in offices, ironing rooms, sometimes even corridors. The hospitality world joined the revolution: rooms in hotels, residences and campsite bungalows spawned bunk beds and folding structures that, if you’re not careful, will happily claim a finger, thumb or at least a phalange!
Stands began to be dedicated to hospitals too, as patient care was considered not only as a scientific and medical matter but one of comfort and ergonomics when it came to its instruments, starting with mechanized beds.
I was born in 1971. Despite their sense of humour and the joie de vivre they passed on to us, I’m afraid my parents wouldn’t have drawn much inspiration from a spaceship like the one that was on display that year.
I end in the hope that we really are heading back to times when traffic on the Fair’s crosswalks needs to be directed by one of Milan’s finest ghisa traffic cops because they’re so crowded, handling a quantity of visitors that, from what we already know, has booked out hotels across the city. To which, yay!