Show stop­pers from Mi­lan fur­ni­ture fair

More than 2400 ex­hibitors, 2000 types of wood and a few novel uses for cow ma­nure

The Weekend Australian - Life - - STYLE - KA­T­RINA BUR­ROUGHS

Mi­lan’s mag­nif­i­cent, mon­strous de­sign show, the Salone del Mo­bile, is in its 55th year, and fac­ing midlife with­out dis­cernible cri­sis. Year by year, emerg­ing tal­ents and ex­per­i­men­tal in­stal­la­tions join the pa­rade, fur­ther trans­form­ing an event that be­gan as a no-frills trade show into a de­sign Mardi Gras.

So vast is the scale of the cen­tral fair (more than 2400 ex­hibitors and 370,000 vis­i­tors) and the num­ber of Fuorisa­lone events across the city (thou­sands, from palazzo open­ings to street hap­pen­ings), a trip to Mi­lan dur­ing de­sign week is like seven days spent on the in­ter­net. You find what­ever you are look­ing for, broaden your hori­zons and pos­si­bly re­think your safety set­tings.

The big Italian brands un­veiled their new wares with fan­fare — Cap­pellini and Flos launched out- stand­ing col­lec­tions — but ma­te­ri­als, not la­bels, were the star. At the Wood Tast­ing show, fair­go­ers were in­vited to em­bark on an in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship with tim­ber, via a li­brary of 2000 species. “There are

The Printed col­lec­tion of crys­tal ves­sels by Raw Edges, part of the new Ate­lier Swarovski Home col­lec­tion

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