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.
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.
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.
And Calligaris put its own spin on it as well:
Carefully crafted ceramics were also in abundance, even in tabletop form—such as this one from Tonelli Design.
Artifort showcased a number of stunning designs with unique silhouettes, bold colors and cozy textiles.
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.
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.
Maarten Baas for Moooi
Philippe Starck for Driade
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.
Stay tuned…we have plenty more to share in the next few weeks.
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.