We bring you our favourites from Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the world’s largest home design exhibition.
Marni’s Animal House
Giraffes, ducks, donkeys, flamingos – and one or two Easter rabbits – were the centerpieces of Marni’s collaboration with Colombian women. The brightly coloured sculptures are part of a new, limited edition charity project, featuring unique, handmade pieces tailored in different colours. Traditional chairs and chaise longues complete this fun collection, with part of the proceeds going to Associazione Sogni On Lus, a charity that helps terminally ill children.
Knoll revealed that, for the first time ever, its renowned Saarinen tables will be available for outdoor use. First introduced in 1956, the table was designed by Eero Saarinen to alleviate clutter, by innovatively introducing the concept of one centre stem, instead of the traditional four-legged support. This minimalist design not only opened up space underneath the table, but also provided a cleaner, elegant look that was both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Sé and Nika Zupanc
Internationally renowned luxury furniture brand Sé unveiled Collection III with acclaimed designer Nika Zupanc. Collection III draws upon the aesthetic of 1950s furniture, but with modernist influences. Following the spirit of Zupanc’s work and Sé’s iconic pieces, Collection III creates a perfect connection between wit, restrained elegance and luxury, whilst subtly introducing symbols and motifs associated with the power of sport.
Mikabarr and Producks
Textile designer Mikabarr and design studio Producks unveiled their first collaboration with renowned Italian producers Moroso. Inspired by the traditional Chesterfield Sofa yet highly modern in its design, the sofa’s structure remains exposed and the trademark Chesterfield buttoning has been replaced by an innovative 3D printing technique.
Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift presented something of an eloquent response to the world’s excessive chemical waste problem, highlighting a solution to its increasing threat. The mirrors that they have designed are symbolic of the meeting between technology and creative thinking: the idea being that as we look into the sensuous curves of the mirror, the face of our own chemical responsibility reflects back at us.