Salone del Mobile: What did it bring us this year?

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The annual design celebration has swept the metropolis of Milan. Across Milan's Salone del Mobile, pectacular installations by the world's design leaders presented groundbreaking innovations and the most sought-after portfolio stalwarts in a new guise. What has remained on our team's radar, and what products can you expect to see in our portfolio?


Baxter: Italian opulence

French designer Christophe Delcourt has expanded the Juliette sofa collection with new arched modules. The geometric clean lines and perfectly defined volumes of this sofa underline its modern precise design typical of this brand. The seat and the backrest are conceived as separate elements that can be configured with maximum freedom, thus complementing any space with respect to the most varied tastes and needs of any residence.

The Loom table perectly marries materials, form and function. The design by architect Hannes Peer draws inspiration from American kinetic art. A central base of lacquered rosewood slats is contrasted by a fused glass top accented with unpolished character. The visually powerful piece teeters on the edge of an artwork and design objects.


Moroso: Italian extravagance & a traditional collaboration

Ron Arad's One Page armchair is a variation on the classic wing chair. Metaphorically, however, it resembles the movement of a paper that has just been folded. Its form thus celebrates both the sculptural poetry of the artist and his precise craftsmanship. The sheet metal skeleton of the chair is covered with an exclusive gradient padding in a variety of designs. It has a five-point swivel base in die-cast aluminium and is available with or without a tilting mechanism. In both residential and commercial projects, it provides a complete continuum of visual comfort.

Patricia Urquiola has introduced a new take on the Gruuve modular sofa originally created for Moroso in 2000. The new Gruuve collection is an extension of the independent seating modules from the Lowseat system, now more solid, with a distinctly rounded profile flowing towards the ground. As a nostalgic design symbol of the 1970s, it brings a charismatic dynamism to the space. It is available in soft pastel tones or in a special graphic print designed by the artist herself.

Also this year, Moroso and Diesel presented a collaboration resulting in a series of furniture objects. The two brands were inspired by the concept of an informal lifestyle. Diesel Living with Moroso takes an ironic, unconventional approach to design; using structured fabrics and raw materials along with contrasting shapes, it achieves the perfect fusion of Moroso's innovative spirit and Diesel's "denim" soul. The range perfectly caters to those who like simple shapes and a modern Italian twist. 


B&B Italia: Fascinated by matter

The Assiale table by Piero Lissoni is an essential design piece of the current collection. It is available in two models – regular and extendable. The regular one-piece model is made of red Levanto marble enhancing its monumental impression. The distinctive feature of the folding version is a special pull-out system that increases the size of the table by simply sliding up the top. This way it accommodates different space requirements and variety of use.

Narinari is a low armchair designed by Tiziano Guardini and Luigi Ciuffreda. The debut work of the design duo communicates the contradiction between digital and organic form in an atypical fashionable guise. A seat with continuous shapes, stemming from two panels, converges with each other in a voluminous soft-material silhouette reminiscent of origami. Its futuristic appearance is offset by the subdued lines that are a recognisable element of this confident brand.

Another of tables designed by Lissoni, Isos, was conceived as an ode to the lightness of being. The elegant construction details in the similarly sturdy cylindrical legs with supporting steel detail are given prominence by a simple glass top. White Carrara marble dominates the base, but these are also other versions available in other colours or a rustic all-wood finish.


Kartell: Highly iconic

"Her Majesty's Chair" aka H.H.H. Chair (HER HIGHEST HIGHNESS) elevates the act of sitting to a royal level. The chair frame is made of polycarbonate 2.0 with seat cushions in a variety of designs and with sustainability in mind. It is the epitome of the form striking so typical of Philippe Starck. In addition, this year, as part of the Kartell + Liberty expansion edition, it reflects the historical roots of this famous British brand in four floral and geometric patterns.

The ASIA collection of seating furniture for Kartell was designed by Pier Lissoni. The collection includes an armchair and a sofa with a proportionally balanced design in twenty colour variations. The voluminous upholstery is supported by an elegant metal base with clean lines. This contrasting element together with the soft shapes of the upholstery create a harmonious fusion of styles for any contemporary interior.


Arper: Deconstructed to the last bit

Designed in 2001 by Lievor Altherr Molina as Arper's first product with an ecological focus, the Catifa 53 Chair enters a new era with the Catifa Carta Chair. The curved silhouette provides strength and comfort while setting a progressive standard for sustainable design with its innovative Paper Shell material. The redesigned double curved shell is made from said composite wood by-product and is fully decomposable. In doing so, Arper has risen to the climate challenge and is the first manufacturer in the design industry to apply high-tech scientific knowledge to product design.

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