On sa­fari

Mike Thor­burn from ECC re­ports on re­leases by Moooi and Paola Lenti

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I’ve al­ways sug­gested to peo­ple who like de­sign that Mi­lan is an in­cred­i­bly worth­while fair to go to. It’s the big­gest fur­ni­ture fair in the world and you get a re­ally rounded view on what’s avail­able.


Moooi and Mar­cel Wan­ders were in full form – they are a bit off­beat and push the bound­aries. Their theme this year was ex­tinct an­i­mals and their ex­hi­bi­tion was geared around walk­ing down a long hall­way at the end of which was an in­cred­i­bly re­al­is­tic image of a big bi­son look­ing at you. Wool rugs and fur – Moooi has done rugs for a few years but this year they fo­cused on pri­mor­dial an­i­mal prints, which are made with New Zealand wool. They are soft and lux­u­ri­ous. As well as lamb’s wool, there was quite a bit of fur. I re­ally liked the ‘Smoke’ arm­chairs by Moooi, which were only done for the show – they’ve done these beau­ti­ful burnt arm­chairs for years and this year they were cov­ered in yak, mak­ing it a bit lux­u­ri­ous. Light­ing – About 70 or 80 pieces make up the ‘Mega’ chan­de­lier; it’s enor­mous and we’ve sold one al­ready. The piece is an eclec­tic range of chan­de­liers put to­gether in one on a big ceil­ing scape – amaz­ing!

Paola Lenti

This brand is another favourite. They didn’t show at the fair­grounds but at an old ware­house and it was very beau­ti­fully done. Their range of out­door fur­ni­ture is made from rope in a kalei­do­scope of colours in­clud­ing pep­per­mint greens, yel­lows and pinks. They had a spec­tac­u­lar mar­ble ta­ble too in a bold, con­trast­ing pat­tern – a style in mar­ble we saw re­peated in other col­lec­tions at Mi­lan this year.

Above ‘Mesh­mat­ics’ chan­de­lier by Rick Tege­laar for Moooi.

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