As the dust begins to settle on a month of consecutive international design fairs, a mountain of moments from Milan Design Week come together in a dream role.
After three long years of absence, the largest exhibition of contemporary furniture in the world, the Salone del Mobile.Milan, back for a full-fledged celebration of its 60th edition. Despite temperatures higher than the usual April run of the Salone, from June 7 to 12, more than 260,000 visitors walked through the huge FieraMilano exhibition center to see the 2,175 brands exhibited at the show. In the city, more than 800 design events of all shapes and sizes, collectively known as Fuorisalone, have been added to the festivities. Fiery energy overflowed throughout the week as three years of ideas, conversations and creativity merged into a celebration of design that will not be soon forgotten. It felt like bien…et dare we say, normal?
In addition to the impressive focus on sustainability efforts and innovations, we have also noticed a trend among brands that have gone backwards, rolling out reissues that play into the nostalgic design era fueled by social media. Big names have also attracted a lot of attention, both on the ground in Milan and around the world through Instagram posts and stories. While it’s impossible to sum up all the great design of the week, we’ve put together a few lists of moments you don’t want to miss.
This is the reason for the season! After the “Supersalone” with reduced capacity in September 2021, Salone del Mobile.Milan has finally been able to celebrate its 60th anniversary. With seven exhibitions spread over 24 extensive halls, this year’s fair guaranteed innovation and sustainability in domestic and commercial spaces. Dozens of renowned architects and designers have collaborated with brands to design impressive stands and products. To draw attention to emerging talents, Salone Satellite brought together more than 600 designers under the age of 35 around the theme “Designing for our future.”The exhibition, curated by Marva Griffin, expanded into two halls for the first time in its 23-year history, exploring creative and sustainable design solutions from young Studios, unique practitioners and students.
The famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed an environment of corrugated wooden blinds for the Valencian furniture company Gandiablasco Group. Reminiscent of traditional Japanese sudare screens, the blinds pay to the Spanish company thanks to their use of Valencian wood and are supported by handmade lattice structures.
Within the framework of the S. Project exhibition, which exhibited design products and interior architecture solutions, Mario Cucinella Architects designed a 4600 square meter educational installation with circular economy concepts and advanced sustainable materials. The curvy organic shape has also branched out to create a conference room, a kitchen and a cafe, a bookstore and several seating areas.
Making its debut at the fair, Cimento is an Italian company that produces products ranging from facades to furniture, from a signature light cement compound. In collaboration with international architects and designers, there were designs by Patricia Urqiola, Parisotto + Formenton, Defne Koz & Marco Susani, Omri Revesz, Studio 63 and BBA Studio.
Piles of recycled wool on the ceiling served as a bold introduction to Re-Rug, a line of durable carpets from nanimarquina. The stand, designed in collaboration with Barcelona-based design firm ARQUITECTO-G, is intended to be a body showcase of nanimarquina’s commitment to transparency and sustainability.
Consisting of only five basic modular shapes, Arcadia is a configurable acoustic separation system that can be used to create a wide range of workplace space solutions. Designed by Spacestor in collaboration with Gensler, the parts are equipped with a patented quick coupling system for easy adaptability and are available in a wide range of colors.
Arper’s Life Project, presented in an exhibition space of almost 10,000 square meters, reinterprets living spaces as dynamic and fluid, blurring the line between home and work. Winding white curtains lead visitors through different vignettes using soft, light and colorful materials with the intention of transmitting a positive and soothing energy.
As part of the biennial EuroCucina exhibition in Salone, the German manufacturer of quartz composite sinks Schock presented a large polychromatic display. A rainbow gradient of curved arches on two oversized islands equipped with food preparation stations and sinks in the recent color range from Schock.