The Milan furniture fair which brings together all the best of commercial and creative design activity from around the globe has just finished. We bring you in the post below our first selection of highlights from the fair. Trends we noted was an abundance of greenery in almost every location - walls, floors, in furniture, underfoot. There was also a strong sense of pattern-making, a sculptural mix of unorthodox materials like wicker and plastic together, and a greater use of pattern to form a narrative design on objects. We will be presenting more of our discoveries soon... watch this space!
The star show of the Salone del Mobile, the commercial part of the Milan furniture fair was definitely Kartell for high-impact show design. A darkened space hailed each collection with giant-sized show-style lighting.
The circus-style illuminated signage grouping every collection with it’s title overhead was truly original.
And, yes, indeed, with objects like these we love red! Quilt, The Thing, a padded sofa-chair byRonan & Erwen Bouroullec was presented as part of Established & Son’s seventh show, held at the Versace Theatre.
Trompe l’oeil in three-dimensions! Hay Bale seating by Richard Woods & Sebastian Wrong. As ever, Established & Son’s show provided a sumptuous and seductive arena for it’s products. Deeply dark interiors with dramatic spotlights on the products set a theatrical tone.
Autumn shelving in rusted metal by Paolo Castelli.
Vitra’s Copper Foil Lights gave a new take to feature lighting- we have seen copper used so much now it’s refreshing to see something more sculptural and with a sense of hand-madeness to it.
Meteor, a beautiful circular stool embroidered with illustrations by Klaus Haapaniemi & Mia Wallenius. The accompanying rug is shown below. It is interesting to see such classic crafts and figurative detailing making a comeback.