With all the great things we saw at this year’s Salone del Mobile, we could safely list dozens of things we loved about the show. However, there were certain designs, brands and displays that really stood out to us. So, to keep this post from getting too long, we were able to narrow it down to a single dozen.
Molded Wood Laminate from Kartell
Since it was founded, Kartell is known for its many innovations in molded plastic. That’s what makes its release of molded wood laminate so exciting. It took Kartell more than eight years to develop molded laminate seat shells that are comfortable and curvy. As an added innovation, the wood seats come on plastic bases with the option of leather upholstery. And if some of the profiles look familiar, you’re right; they’re based on existing plastic Kartell designs.
New Options for an Icon from Vitra
The Panton Chair has always been cool. This year, Vitra has made it even cooler with a couple of new limited edition options: glossy chrome, which enhances the liquid curves of the design, and a version that actually glows in the dark, so you can continue to appreciate the design at night.
Extinct Animal Museum from Moooi
If there’s one thing you can usually count on at Salone del Mobile, it’s that Moooi will dazzle you (often literally) with its enormous, quirky, and vibrant display. This year was no exception. Its “Museum of Extinct Animals” theme pervaded all sections of the display area, with weird and wonderful furniture and lighting designs. The different textures and patterns of the wall coverings, carpets and upholstery were all also inspired by the theme.
Environmentally Ethical Everything from Mater
In case you didn’t already know from their name (which means “mother” in Latin), Mater continually pays homage to Mother Earth with their sustainable furniture, decor and lighting designs. In addition to their environmentally friendly design and manufacturing processes, the designs are ones you’ll never want to throw away.
Whimsical Storage from Mogg
The storage pieces designed by Mogg are so cool, we are tempted to acquire more clutter just to have something to put in them. Overlapping cubic wall units worthy of an M.C. Escher lithograph and tilting floor shelves that appear to be coming out of the wall were just a couple of the highlights.
Linnut Lamps from Magis + Iittala
First designed by Oiva Toikka in the 1970s, the popular Toikka birds collection have taken on some brighter plumage with some help from Magis. While the original figurines are made out of glass by Iittala, Magis was able to use its molded polycarbonate skills to transform some of those figurines into the charming Linnut lamp collection (or “birds,” in Finnish). We want one–or several, rather–immediately.
VON Modular Furniture from Ercol
Great furniture adapts to the way you live–even if the way you live happens to change. That’s the idea behind the modular VON furniture collection by Ercol. Seating and table units in a variety of upholstery colors and wood finishes can be configured however you like. Plus, there’s Ercol’s signature style inherent throughout, making VON smooth and sexy, as well as smart.
Copper Bouchon Stool from Domitalia
We have been in love with Domitalia‘s Bouchon Stool since it first came out. Now, the base of this charming champagne cork and wire cage-inspired stool has been given a glamorous makeover with polished copper. Delicious.
Lots of Mixed Materials from Lago
The Lago display was created as a tribute to Leonardo da Vinci, with da Vinci’s multifaceted talents inspiring Lago’s multifaceted collection. The pieces show off intriguing lines and an even more intriguing use of mixed materials. Marble blends effortlessly with wood, which also works seamlessly with metal and glass.
Lots of Upholstery from Vondom
While it does have a few pieces in its catalog with upholstered cushions, it is only this year that Vondom has come out with outdoor lounge furniture that is entirely upholstered. This plush collection was designed by Marcel Wanders, which explains its elegant lines and soft fabric worthy of interior spaces.
Achille Castiglioni Retrospective from Flos
By no means the largest display at the show, this tribute to Achille Castiglioni nevertheless won us over with its whimsical and detailed portrayal of the late, great designer “playing” with line drawings of his various iconic lighting designs for Flos. It was enough to bring a little tear to our eye.
Modern Design Fit for a Milanese Palace from Gubi
Finally, if there was one brand that impressed the most at this year’s Salone del Mobile, in our opinion, it was Gubi. The Danish design brand rented a palazzo in the heart of the Brera Design District to display their sleek, modern designs. The space itself was enough to inspire reverence and awe. However, the juxtaposition of the minimalist Scandinavian pieces within the decidedly maximalist Italian interiors was what really took our breath away.
As the Content Marketing Manager for YDesign Group, Nissa has been writing about lighting, furniture and decor for many years. Considering that there's always something new out there, she'll likely write about them for many years more. She loves all things modern design, especially those designs that reinterpret classic forms in cool, imaginative ways. If she had her way, she'd spend all her money on such pieces (and wine).