Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Salone del Mobile – otherwise known as Milan Design Week and now in its 57th year – is one of the world’s largest interior design shows. We spent a busy couple of days exploring the vast halls of the furniture exhibition in Rho, and pounding the pavements of the city’s various design districts in an effort to see as many installations as time would allow. From installations and exhibitions to new product launches, read on to hear about some of our top picks from this year’s Salone. If you’d like to receive a copy of our full review and list of top product picks, click here, or on the image below, and then follow the link on the final page of the preview.
Installations and Exhibitions
Housed in a former sports arena in Milan’s Brera District, Vitra’s exhibition ‘Typecasting’ offered a panorama of around 200 objects, portraying the past, present and future of ‘Project Vitra’. Robert Stadler, who curated and designed the show, emphasised the social role of furniture – and of chairs in particular – as a key theme.
Textile upcycling company Really returned to this year’s Salone with a second exhibition exploring the potential of Solid Textile Board and Acoustic Textile Felt for use in furniture and interiors. The company, which is co-owned by Kvadrat, commissioned eight designers including Benjamin Hubert | LAYER, Christien Meindertsma and Claesson Koivisto Rune to produce a series of furniture and interior pieces using Solid Textile Board and Acoustic Textile Felt. Find out more about how the two products are made.
A key highlight for us this year was Moooi’s installation in the city’s Tortona District. ‘A Life Extraordinary‘ took visitors on a mystical adventure through a display of furniture, lighting, wall coverings and carpets inspired by the natural world.
Typecasting: An Assembly of Iconic, Forgotten and New Vitra Characters
Top Product Picks
CH71 and CH72, Carl Hansen & Søn
World-famous Danish architect and designer Hans J. Wegner first introduced the CH71 lounge chair and CH72 two-seater sofa in 1952; the models now join the Carl Hansen & Søn collection.
BASIS Table, e15
e15 continues its collaboration with David Chipperfield with trestle table BASIS; an adaptable system of solid wood trestles and beams constructed with traditional joinery techniques. The simple and qualitative design showcases a broad range of materials and flexible solutions for living and working.
Designed by Marcel Gascoin in 1947, the C-Chair boasts an elegant shape yet a strong and sturdy design. The ample legs give the chair a strong structure that’s built to last whilst the details of the workmanship and light seat give the chair an inviting and light appearance.
N01 Chair, Republic of Fritz Hansen
The N01 chair designed by the Japanese design studio Nendo is the first totally wooden design to be produced by Fritz Hansen since Arne Jacobsen created his Grand Prix model in 1957. The chair brings back nature and embraces the essence of timeless wood craftsmanship.
Silhouette Sofa, HAY
GamFratesi’s Silhouette Sofa series is characterised by the smooth curve of the sofa’s back, which seamlessly combines a strong character with a simple, organic expression. With an angular front view and defining piping details, the sofa appears compact and economical with space, yet is light and spacious.
KN Collection, Knoll
Knoll introduces collections designed by Piero Lissoni that establish a perfect dialogue with the architect’s existing work for Knoll. This year Lissoni has designed KN Collection by Knoll, a family of armchairs. The Collection is made with a swivel base in polished or coated cast aluminium. The base, equipped with an internal damper, offers a self-regulating system to ensure immediate comfort.
1085 Chair, Kristalia
Designed by Bartoli Design, the 1085 is composed of a metal and wooden base, wrapped with an all-natural leather hide, and tied at the bottom and back with a nautical tensioner.
Meshmatics Chandelier, Moooi
The Meshmatics Chandelier, designed by Rick Tegelaar for Moooi beautifully combines both engineering and elegance in one poetic form. The humble nature of wire mesh netting has been elevated by the development of a machine and set of tools to enable it to me modeled with precision.
Armada Armchair, Moroso
Armada, by Doshi Levien, is a sculptural seating collection that was designed for open work and lounge spaces. The blown forms of the armchairs billow out from the seat like wind filled sails, creating a sense of lightness and movement, while providing degrees of privacy and seclusion. The collection consists of a high and low back armchair and a fully upholstered dining chair on a pedestal.
Chee Chair & Stool, SP01
Designed for outdoors, the detailed design of the Chee Stool ensures that it would be also an elegant addition indoors. It is available in two heights. The Chee collection by SP01 is extremely durable and suitable for commercial as well as residential use.
Industry Collection, Stellar Works
The Industry collection is a new accessible utilitarian-inspired chair series with simple modern lines. This comfortable seating collection is comprised of a stackable Dining Chair, Dining Armchair and Lounge Chair suitable for everyday use in both residential and commercial spaces.
Giro Side Table, Viccarbe
Viccarbe has added the Giro and Bamba Side Tables by Brazilian designer Pedro Paulo-Venzon, to its exclusive ViccArte collection. The Giro model is composed of a metal tabletop and a base comprised of a circle and two metal rods that evokes the “slashed O”, the emblem of Brazilian designer Pedro Paulo-Venzon.
Eames Fiberglass Chairs, Vitra
The Eames’ Fiberglass Chairs were launched on the market in 1950, introducing a new furniture typology that has since become widespread: the multifunctional chair whose shell can be combined with a variety of different bases to serve diverse purposes. After having been away from the market for several years due to environmental issues, the fiberglass shell now returns through a more environmentally friendly production process and presents the same aesthetic appeal of the chair launched in 1950.
375 Chair, Walter Knoll
The velvety 375 Chair, designed by the Walter Knoll team, is available as a dining or low side chair. The seat and back shell can be covered in a combination of fabric and soft nappa leather. The 375 Chair with its dining and low side chair models complements the 375 family, composed of the Lady’s and the Gentleman’s Chair.
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