The world’s largest furniture fair, Salone del Mobile in Milan, ended April 19 and attracted approximately 310,840 international visitors. The fair included Euroluce, the bi-annual lighting exhibition, in multiple halls of fixtures large and small, fanciful and prosaic. Designer star power was still evident in Milan, as always, unlike any design event in the U.S. or elsewhere. But, overall, this year’s Salone was marked with products and furnishings of restrained design. Exuberance was minimal, and some manufacturers’ offerings were primarily renewed versions of chairs, tables, or other collections and products previously released. Beauty was found, to be sure, but the Salone lacked the thrill of groundbreaking, game-changing product introductions.
Here are a few quick scenes from Salone 2015. Look to our May issue for multiple pages of products that were introduced at both Euroluce and Salone.
The crowd waits to enter Salone on the opening morning.
Editor in Chief John Czarnecki and designer Patricia Urquiola at the Moroso booth. Urquiola introduced a number of new products at Salone for a a few companies, including Moroso.
Designer Marcel Wanders and John Czarnecki in front of a carpet designed for Wanders’ company Moooi.
A vignette in the Moooi exhibition in Milan. Furniture and lighting by Moooi against a backdrop of large-scale photographs by Rahi Rezvani.
In the Moooi exhibition in Milan, furniture and lighting by Moooi against a backdrop of large-scale photographs by Rahi Rezvani.
The Foscarini lighting booth at Euroluce at Salone del Mobile in Milan.
John Czarnecki and the designer Nendo, who introduced many new products with a few different companies at Salone del Mobile.
A light fixture in the Bocci booth at Euroluce at Salone del Mobile in Milan.
A light fixture in the Lasvit booth at Euroluce in Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Contract’s 2015 Designer of the year Martin Lesjak leads the product design company 13&9 Design. His Rock Collection pendant lights were on display in the exhibition space of the Belgium lighting firm, Wever & Ducré. Natural shale rock is used for the shades of the pendants.
Design Tom Dixon had his own separate exhibition near San Babila in Milan, showcasing his lighting and furnishings. Here are a number of pendant lights by Dixon.