Highlights from Salone del Mobile in Milan

The 56th edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile was held in Milan, Italy, on April 4–9. The international furniture and design fair, which takes place in the Fiera Milano exposition center and includes related design week installations and exhibitions throughout the city, is the industry’s most significant annual event. I had the pleasure of attending Salone for the first time.

This year’s show drew 343,602 attendees from 165 countries in six days. On view were new products from more than 2,000 exhibitors. The show also included two biennial exhibitions: Euroluce, which showcases new lighting products of all types, and Workplace3.0, which features new designs and technologies for office environments, including seating, acoustic products, accessories, and audio-visual technologies. Additionally, the 20th edition of SaloneSatellite displayed work by more than 650 designers and 16 design schools.

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The crowd waiting to enter the show.

D.156.3 chairs by Gio Ponti from the Heritage collection by Molteni&C.

Brightly colored furnishings in Moroso’s booth.

nanimarquina offered new collections designed by Nani herself as well as collaborations with Raw Color and Jaime Hayon.

The Kartel booth was both colorful and crowded.

Poltrona Frau’s elegantly designed booth.

Studio Maio conceived Arper’s booth with a variety of niches in which to display new products. Photo by Marco Covi.

FLOS’s booth was one of Salone’s most talked about. Shown here is LA PLUS BELLE,  a new lighted mirror collection by Philippe Starck.

Another notable new collection by FLOS is the Arrangement modular lighting series by Michael Anastassiades.

Foscarini’s new fixtures, such as Spokes, shown here, were complemented by funky wallcoverings in its booth.

Dedon injected a little humor into the show with The Others collection of lanterns by Stephen Burks.

The Workplace3.0 exhibition “A Joyful Sense at Work” by Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander of Studio O+A (Contract magazine’s 2011 Designers of the Year) considers ways to promote well-being within the workplace. Image by Andrea Mariani, courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

Another view of “A Joyful Sense at Work.” Image by Andrea Mariani, courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

As part of design week, Lee Broom created the “Time Machine” installation for Ventura Centrale to celebrate a decade of work. It featured an all-white carousel displaying his products that was set within a disused vault beneath the Milan Centrale train station.

Tom Dixon’s Multiplex pop-up was set within the iconic cinema, Teatro Manzoni. Displayed on stage was his new Delaktig modular sofa that he created in collaboration with IKEA.

Herman Miller and Maharam hosted a packed reception in their showroom in the Brera district of Milan that featured new textiles and furnishings by Scholten & Baijings.

In the Tortona design district Tokujin Yoshioka created an immersive light installation with LG at Superstudio.

Australia-based SP01 debuted the new Anita chair in its display area in Tortona.

Another design week location was the Università degli Studi di Milano, which featured installations by Bjarke Ingels Group and SHoP Architects.


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