Salone del Mobile, Milan, April 2015

No matter how busy we are in the studio, I have always made time for Milan Design Week, arguably the most important furniture fair in the world, where the cream of the design crop showcase their latest offerings. The main event - Salone del Mobile - takes place at Milan’s expansive fairground, while satellite shows and exhibitions dotted around the city run throughout the week.

Salone del Mobile is certainly a spectacle, with exhibition stands seemingly getting bigger, bolder and better with every passing year. But for the manufacturers that exhibit there, Milan is more than just an exercise in launching something new. Rather, it is a golden opportunity to showcase the results of many months of research and development that push the boundaries of design.

My highlights from Salone del Mobile 2015 are diverse. They range from Memphis-inspired designs that pay tribute to the 1980s collective renowned for its rule-breaking use of clashing colours and unconventional materials, to designs that owe their success to significant developments in technology.

I hope you enjoy my selection as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Have a wonderful week!
Mary

www.salonemilano.it

LucidPevere’s Note table for Lema features a handy leather pocket for accessories.

Natuzzi introduced Claudio Bellini’s Long Beach sofa with integrated coffee table and low bookcase.

www.natuzzi.com

Collaborating with Twils for the first time, Monica Graffeo designed the multipurpose Frame bed, which features hanging space behind the headboard.

www.twils.it

The Bull is from the Kiva collection by Karim Rashid for Bitossi Ceramiche.

www.bitossiceramiche.it

Arion, by Marcel Wanders for Moooi, is a special edition rocking unicorn made of solid wood and featuring white embroidered leather.

www.moooi.com

Eliot Keramik Drive by Cattelan Italia features a stainless steel frame and ceramic top.

www.cattelanitalia.com

Imba for Moroso was made in Dakar, Africa, and translate the 'warm quality' of handcrafted artefacts into a casual contemporary collection.

www.moroso.it

Dutch brand Moooi developed a 'groundbreaking' chromojet printer to create its collection of carpets featuring photo-realistic designs by the likes of Studio Job, Ross Lovegrove and Neri & Hu.

www.moooi.com

To create the slender Piuma chair by Piero Lissoni, Kartell developed an injection moulding technique, which ensures it measures a few millimetres thick and weighs just 2.2kg.

www.kartell.com

The Stadera writing table by Franco Albini is part of the Cassina I Maestri Collection. Created in 1954, it is composed of two trapezoidal-shaped surfaces – a main and a side top – of two different depths, supported by a single steel base.

www.cassina.com