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Highlights From The Milan Furniture Fair

Last week, our team returned from Milan Design Week, a week-long event that includes the Milan Furniture Fair along with countless exhibits, product launches, installations and events all over the city. This is the design industry’s Superbowl—a chance to unveil fresh new designs, for up-and-coming creators to make their debut to the world and to gauge the ideas and concepts that will lead the design movement in the near future.

We’ll be bringing you plenty of #MilanDesignWeek highlights over the coming weeks, but first, a few of the highlights that are still on our minds one week later…

Componibili from Kartell: 50th Anniversary

This iconic piece celebrated its five decades in design in a way that only Kartell could bring. Anna Castelli Ferrieri’s classic piece was showcased the evolution of the design and its adaptation to various eras and living trends. Kartell also had designers, curators and critics put their own spin on the Componibili, with 15 signature pieces created to celebrate and pay tribute to the beloved design.

Kartell Componibili at Milan Furniture Fair

Kartell Componibili at Milan Furniture Fair

Kartell Componibili at Milan Furniture Fair

Kartell Componibili at Milan Furniture Fair

Textures in Furniture

Textured finishes aren’t just limited to textiles. Tactile finishes were seen in many furniture pieces as well, such as this collection from Cattelan Italia.

Cabinet by Cattelan at Milan Furniture Fair

Dining by Cattelan at Milan Furniture Fair

Shades of Pink

Robust color palettes are a reliable part of Milan Design Week. This year was no exception, but various hues of pink (shiny, matte, translucent, rosy, blush) ruled many an exhibit.

These chairs from Midj perfectly paired a soft, delicate shade with a shiny rose gold metal.

Midj at Milan Furniture Fair

And Calligaris put its own spin on it as well:

Calligaris at Milan Furniture Fair

Ceramic Tabletops

Carefully crafted ceramics were also in abundance, even in tabletop form—such as this one from Tonelli Design.

Tonelli at Milan Furniture Fair


Artifort showcased a number of stunning designs with unique silhouettes, bold colors and cozy textiles.

Artifort at Milan Furniture Fair

Artifort at Milan Furniture Fair

Artifort at Milan Furniture Fair

Carl Hansen

An oldie but a goodie, Carl Hansen & Son’s exhibit reminds us every year about the rich history the brand holds. It also announced that Hans J. Wegner’s CH23 dining chair, which has been out of production for the past five decades, will be reintroduced this summer.

Carl Hansen and Son at Milan Furniture Fair


Miniforms didn’t shy away from Milan’s shade of the year, and here used a rose gold with a rich turquoise in an accent table.

Miniforms at Milan Furniture Fair

Maarten Baas for Moooi

Dutch designer Maarten Baas introduced his Turbo Tables for Moooi, a piece designed from an archetypal car drawing. The fantastical design serves as a wooden or side table.

Maartin Baas for Moooi at Milan Furniture Fair

Philippe Starck for Driade

Philippe Starck’s Torquemada collection for Driade explores the use of wood, with minimal detailing beyond a mirror-polished “handcuff” that connects the chair back to the back legs.

Philippe Starck for Driade at Milan Furniture Fair

Venus by Fabio Novembre

Talk about functional art. Fabio Novembre’s Venue Bookcase for Driade is meant to reference the wooden crates used by museums to transport statues, but spins the look into an elegant exhibit of a piece of art.

Driade at Milan Furniture Fair

Stay tuned…we have plenty more to share in the next few weeks.

Sarah Schaale

Sarah Schaale

Sarah is a Brand Marketing Manger for YDesign Group brands. A writer and editor at heart, she loves storytelling in all its forms and is a copious consumer of the Internet (for better or worse). In design, she finds inspiration in simplicity, warmth and all things Danish.

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