Salone del Mobile Milano is the world’s biggest design and furniture fair, capturing the attention of thousands of visitors from all over the world for a solid six days every year. In our #HLBWIssue, we asked three South African design heavyweights to share their highlights – grab your copy in stores or online to find out what they said.
In the meantime, browse our gallery of the top six pieces – one for each day of the fair – that we loved from Salone del Mobile Milano this year.
‘time machine’ grandfather clock
Award-winning British furniture and lighting designer Lee Broom‘s landmark tenth anniversary collection, Time Machine, featured a number of his key pieces from the last 10 years, re-imagined. With a completely white colour palette, the products were presented on a Modernist interpretation of a fairground carousel. Hand in hand with this was a new, exclusive piece: a statuesque grandfather clock, handcrafted from Carrara marble. This monolithic structure took centre stage at the exhibition.
a life extraordinary
Moooi‘s presentation in Milan was all about the company’s ideas around interior settings ranging from hotels and restaurants to offices and homes. A Life Extraordinary featured a number of new pieces from various designers whose styles range from sophisticated to quirky, while Levon Biss’s Microsculpture photography series – shown alongside the new Moooi designs on the company’s stand – further demonstrated that even the tiniest elements can have a dramatic impact.
Designed by London-based Studio Swine in collaboration with COS, New Spring was an immersive, multi-sensory experience. The installation’s focal sculpture emitted mist-filled blossoms that burst on contact with skin, but survived when met with textured fabrics. Inspired by the Murano chandeliers housed in private Milanese palazzos and, by contrast, the tradition of Modernist Italian design, the installation also brought to mind Japanese film maker Akira Kurosawa’s blossom scene in his film Seven Samurai (1954) and the candelabras featured in Italian director Federico Fellini’s Casanova (1976).
New York-based Matter Made unveiled MM XVII, its latest collection, at Salone del Mobile. Featuring new works by Faye Toogood, Oeuffice, Pedro Paulo Venzon, Philippe Malouin and Jonah Takagi, the range includes lighting, furniture and objects that bring together unique combinations of natural materials and sculptural silhouettes. The result is a collection that takes on its own bold personality; one that is playful yet refined and functional.
London-based designer Michael Anastassiades has created an exclusive lighting collection for international manufacturing brand Flos. Titled Arrangement, the series is a modular system of geometric light elements that could be combined in different ways, creating multiple compositions as individual chandeliers. Each unit simply attaches onto the previous one, balancing perfectly as part of a glowing chain that merges jewellery and lighting design.
Against the backdrop of 50s Italian glamour, Tom Dixon created an installation called Multiplex. The presentation showcased products from the past, present and future, including the highly-polished Cut lighting collection, which casts a kaleidoscopic reflection when switched on. The studio also launched a new textile range featuring cushions and blankets in velvets, bouclés and knits, as well as updated versions of their past furniture products.