As many of you will be aware, Milan’s Salone del Mobile isn’t small. Therefore, we asked our friend and furniture specialist Matt Clarke from Umbrella to help us with our review. Ever the industrious improviser, Matt roped in a few brilliant minds from tp bennett and MCM to collate their 10 of the best from the fair.
Kvadrat – Lila & Raas
Crafted by design duo Doshi Levien for Kvadrat, Lila and Raas are vibrant upholstery textiles with an exceptional colour story. The fabric has a forgiving combination of 92% wool and 8% nylon that lends itself well to heavy use commercial environments. The fabric seemed to be everywhere in Milan, which speaks volumes for its popularity amongst product designers’ choice of finishes for new furniture shown this year.
Moroso – Lilo
Lilo is a fun, comfortable, well-crafted chair, designed by Patricia Urquiola and inspired by a combination of Scandinavian design and the 1950s. Timeless ash timber frame, upholstered in new playful candy colours of pinks and mint green, and enveloping wings to the upper headrest, make this chair a dream to sit in. This particular model is still in prototype stage.
Gubi – CDC.1 Lounge Chair
A simplistic armchair with a beautifully elegant timber base, CDC.1 offers a slightly reclined angle, resulting in an incredibly comfortable and supportive seating position – the modern day armchair reimagined.
Extremis – Bistroo
The Bistroo from Extremis was another striking piece. Designed by Dirk Wynants, instead of sitting opposite each other, you sit side-by-side, watching the world go by. Stackable, colourful and with an assortment of accessories including coat hangers and tray tables, with its compact footprint we could see this on a balcony/terrace setting as well as in a café environment. The Bistroo certainly isn’t your average piece of outdoor furniture.
Note Design Studio – Macka Chair
The concept/narrative by Note Design Studio is beautiful. The Macka Chair’s simple form allows it to be used in a number of settings, whether it is an industrial office space or a boutique restaurant. The chair’s subtle curves are ascetically pleasing to the eye, modest yet beautiful – the perfect hybrid of Italian and Scandinavian design. I cannot wait to use this chair on a future project.
Offecct – Dune
Offecct’s Dune, by Front, has the understated beauty of a breakout piece of furniture that would sit just as well in a reception setting. We liked the way the frame seamlessly rose from the underside of the ottoman to support the floating tables, which had a clever addition of USB power presented underneath the table. The function could be just as useful for team collaboration or as single occupancy for touchdown working.
Magis – Bureaurama Stool
Magis’s Bureaurama stool, designed by Jerszey Seymour, was launched late last year in a splatter paint finish. It appealed then for its reduced form but it’s now even cooler in the fluoro orange and electric blue shown at Salone. Very Memphis – and would look amazing in multiples. One of these is on the wish list.
Cassina 139 Cotone Chair
Cassina’s 139 Cotone chair, designed by the Bouroullec brothers, was another standout in Milan. The purist design is timeless but it was the vibrant, intense, green anodised finish that I liked the most. I don’t think I’d ever tire of this chair.
Another from Cassina…
Not sure what the style is here – they appeared to be evolved versions of the 1966 nesting tables and were perfect paired with Patricia Urquiola’s new rounded Bowy sofa. Never thought I’d like plastic coffee tables – but these fully channelled the 1970s and are refreshingly different to the Scandinavian style natural finishes we’re more familiar with.
Viccarbe – Burin Dining Table
The Burin dining table by Patricia Urquiola for Viccarbe really stood out for us at this year’s show. This table wouldn’t be out of place in either a residential setting or a commercial breakout space. The striking silhouette of the base seems to melt from underneath the tabletop, creating a stunning profile. The table also offers a centrally managed power column that rises harmoniously from inside the base – a fantastic addition that will work perfectly for workplace environments.