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Once you have picked out a new bed and bed­side ta­bles, a chest of draw­ers may well be next on your wish list. Take a look at Ron Gi­lad’s Te­o­rema for Molteni &C, a stand­out piece at Salone del Mo­bile and one that fol­lows the trend for flex­i­ble, multi-pur­pose de­sign. It’s made of Amer­i­can wal­nut and com­prises open com­part­ments and draw­ers that can be used in­di­vid­u­ally or stacked in a spi­ralling con­fig­u­ra­tion to cre­ate a night ta­ble, a chest of draw­ers or even a mod­u­lar stor­age sys­tem for a liv­ing room — the choice is yours.

A chest of draw­ers is more than a prac­ti­cal ad­di­tion to the bed­room: it can also make a state­ment. Bri­tish de­sign brand Es­tab­lished & Sons, show­ing at Salone del Mo­bile for the first time, clearly takes this view. A talk­ing point was Stack by Shay Al­ka­lay of Raw Edges, which chal­lenges our per­cep­tion of what a chest of draw­ers should look like. In­di­vid­ual mul­ti­coloured, float­ing drawer units are con­fig­ured to cre­ate a tower of draw­ers that can be pushed and pulled in both di­rec­tions, re­sult­ing in a ran­dom and ir­reg­u­lar com­po­si­tion.

Else­where, Pianca pre­sented sev­eral stor­age op­tions for the bed­room. A cou­ple of col­lec­tions stood out from the rest. First: Em­manuel Gal­lina’s Chloé col­lec­tion, which is avail­able

in a range of warm colours in­clud­ing of-the-mo­ment Mil­len­nial Pink. This shade soft­ens the piece and con­trasts with the curve of the car­cass. Sec­ond: the cylin­der-shaped Dedalo col­lec­tion, which al­lows plenty of scope for per­son­al­i­sa­tion via the num­ber of op­tions avail­able, from the stack­able one-drawer mod­ule to the two- and three-drawer ver­sions.

Good news: it’s no longer con­sid­ered chintzy to have a dress­ing ta­ble along­side your chest of draw­ers – largely thanks to the grow­ing crop of sleek and stylish de­signs on of­fer. Launched last year, Mi­col by Po­rada is just one ex­am­ple: it may not be a new­comer on the scene but, crafted in beau­ti­ful Canaletto wal­nut and fin­ished with con­i­cal-shaped brushed bronze brass legs, it sets the bar high. Match­ing Mi­col in the style stakes is Soho, de­signed by Carlo Colombo for Gal­lotti & Radice. De­scribed to iden­tity as a “van­ity desk”, we’re un­sure of its pre­cise pur­pose. But why pi­geon-hole? With its solid ash body and sleek mar­ble top, Soho can stylishly serve both func­tions.

If ver­sa­til­ity is top of your wish list, then opt for a con­sole. Th­ese are most com­monly found in hall­ways but they’re equally at home used as dress­ing ta­bles or writ­ing desks. Our top pick is the stripped-back beauty of Quincy by An­drea Pari­sio for Merid­i­ani Edi­tions.

Right: Vin­cent Van Duy­sen has de­signed

Mas­ter Dress­ing for Molteni & C

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