Show stoppers from Milan furniture fair
More than 2400 exhibitors, 2000 types of wood and a few novel uses for cow manure
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