Salone del Mobile’s first- ever manifesto asked designers to use technology to benefit well-being. Enter Google, which made its debut at Salone this year (with an installation highlighting its hardware designs for the home), as well as Sonos (announcing a design partnership with Hay), and even Instagram (launching the @design handle and #DesignForAll hashtag at the fair). Tech, it turns out, can be beautiful: the Qlocktwo Classic, for example, tells time with words (techno typography!); Bang and Olufsen’s Shape is a wall-mounted wireless speaker system that looks as good as it sounds.
BeoSound Shape core amplifier and dampener, wall-mounted speaker system
by Bang and Olufsen ($7,630 as shown), commercialelectronics.ca
Matte white LED Tetatet torch light
by Davide Groppi ($758), informinteriors.com
by Brandmasters International ($3,000), livingspace.com
Glass Empatia light
by Artemide ($1,140), livingspace.com