Milan Design Week and the annual exhibition Salone del Mobile is over now.
Originally Salone was invented (55 years ago) by manufacturers of Italian furniture to promote their products to overseas markets.
Gradually the exhibition was becoming more and more popular, and now it attracts thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. Here you can find all the actual trends and new ideas in the design world.
The exhibition is really huge and it is impossible to see everything. Number of people and impressions was an overload. I think it will take more than one week to understand everything that happened in those few days.
In any case, I want you to imagine my main impressions of the exhibition.
The first thing that I realized there – there are really no trends in the design world. I’m not talking about engineering side of design – new materials, eco-friendly technologies and so on, I’m talking about the decorative side of design.
All manufacturers who made classical furniture, still make it. All who made all kinds of luxury products, they still produce it (and its demanded by buyers).
All our adorable Scandinavian manufacturers continue to use classical design models, adding new textures, colors, modifications and new models that do not depart from the main line. But that is what we love them for!
The stand, which attracted me most of unusual objects was almost the last on my way – it was Glas Italia. This year they engaged in cooperation the biggest names in the world of modern design – Bouroullec brothers, Patricia Urquiola and Philippe Starck (and many others). That’s what I liked:
SHIMMER table by Patricia Urquiola
Lady Hio by Philippe Starck
Nesting Tables by Bouroullec brothers
The Danish company Normann Copenhagen is one of those who has released a new collection specifically for the Salone. Chairs and sofas Ace are very pleasant to the touch.
Italian brand CITCO presented a very unusual collaboration with architects. I was knocked down by this table by the brilliant architect Daniel Libeskind.
Enigma table by Daniel Libeskind.
Minimalistic Finnish brand Artek presented a classics of its collections and new collaborations.
At the stand of the Danish company &tradition, I found a lot of interesting and new for myself. Especially I like their light.
The Italian company Edra presented totally crazy chairs, which are part of the collection, prepared in cooperation with CONI for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Jacopo Foggini chairs.
This is only a small, but the most interesting part of what I saw at the exhibition.
In the next publications, I’ll tell you what was going on in the city, what was shown by the famous showrooms and brands, what installations and exhibitions I’ve seen.