Salone del Mobile 2017: a trends and highlights to know – Curbed
April 23, 2017 - table lamp
Freshly carried behind opposite a jet tide from Milan Design Week, your Curbed match earnings with a theatre report, gathered after browsing a booths during Salone del Mobile—the pattern world’s largest showcase, about 3.7 million block feet of it—and bopping from gallery to studio to palazzo for events opposite Italy’s collateral of industry.
So, what were a highlights from this year’s paean to design? And how prolonged before what we saw during galleries, showrooms, and booths becomes a metaphorical mainstream blue sweater folks will be shopping in a subsequent few years?
Below, a demeanour during a favorites from a show—and predictions for what sell frenzy they’ll induce.
Most Exciting Category: Lighting
Trends that gripped a city and a satisfactory were mostly ones we’d seen in prior years: Iridescence? Check. Metallic accents in coronet and copper and immaculate steel? Check. A postulated adore of Ettore Sottsass and his PoMo peers? Check, check. Marble? Always.
What gave this year’s Milan Design Week a genuine jar was a resources of strange designs in lighting, showcased during both Euroluce—the enthusiast biennial lighting showcase during Salone del Mobile—and during edgier galleries and showrooms opposite Milan.
Designers embraced modularity (as in Konstantin Grcic’s Noctambule series); novel forms (Formafantasma’s loop-de-loop wall lamps preoccupied us); and resourceful arrangement (Lee Broom built an bright carousel to theatre a decade-long retrospective from his self-titled brand).
Most Instagrammed: COS x Studio Swine’s “New Spring”
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The minimalist, Stockholm-based conform code COS teamed adult with London’s Studio Swine on “New Spring,” an designation that was one partial architecture, one partial scholarship experiment, one partial amicable media lust trap.
Japanese engineer Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves, a twin behind Studio Swine (“Swine” stands for “Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers, by a way), total a tree-like pattern that intermittently expelled “blossoms:” froth of a exclusive combination that detonate on skin yet remained total on fabric.
It was transfixing, and fast illuminated adult Instagram after a press preview on a Monday of Milan Design Week. Childlike awe in design: 10. Self-seriousness: 0.
Most Ubiquitous Designer: Faye Toogood
It was tough to skip London engineer Faye Toogood during Milan Design Week this year: Her collection of rocks seemed in Airbnb’s designation of site-specific designs during a Casa degli Atellani (where one Leonardo da Vinci lived as he embellished The Last Supper), and her work had pride-of-place during a Ikea Festival, that saw a Swedish seat hulk take over a 37,000-square-foot room in Milan’s Lambrate district.
Toogood’s scary deconstructions and remixes of Ikea classics, like the iconic Poang chair, total a bit of Surrealist caprice to a whole affair. Also on display—at New York-based manufacturer Matter Made’s tiny yet clever exhibition—were bulbous, mushroom-like building lamps by Toogood.
Best National Showing: Australia and Norway (tie)
We went into Milan Design Week entirely awaiting to be tender by “Everything is Connected,” an muster of 30 Norwegian designers. And we were: The work on show—small vitrines in colorful glass, timber dining chairs, tabletop mirrors, vases, and more—married elementary pattern ideas with novel element combinations and forms.
What we didn’t pattern was such a clever arrangement from another country: Australia. From Melbourne engineer Adam Cornish—who worked with Alessi on stainless-steel bowls and clocks—to Sydney-based Tom Fereday, who total outward seat for new code SP01, a new pattern code that teamed adult with Italian association Metrica on indoor furnishings—Australian designers were out in force.
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This was generally clear during Local Milan, a uncover of work by 11 Aussie designers (including a above-mentioned Tom Fereday bent-metal outward chairs for SP01 Design), orderly by Sydney pattern heart Local Design. Seating, cabinetry, musical objects, and lighting were all on display, another sign that pattern Down Under is great, too—and not to be ignored.
Trendiest Trend: Green everything
We’ve strike rise green.
When Pantone announced “greenery” as a tone of a year for 2017 final December, we looked indirect during a news. The hue—more yellow than green—is not a zodiacally supposed shade, like hunter, forest, or emerald.
Clearly, though, Pantone was on to something: We speckled shades of immature all over Milan final week, from emerald-green hexagonal rugs by Nika Zupanc (pictured above), to a Cloud Sofa by Marcel Wanders upholstered in grass-green velvet during Moooi, to Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s festooned “Veil”—which featured dozens of linear stitches in shades of green—at Wallpaper* magazine’s Handmade showcase.
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There was also Birkenstock’s (yes, that Birkenstock) pop-up during Spazio Rossana Orlandi, where a German shoes association showcased a representation from its new line of oppulance beds opposite a deep-green backdrop. Green—the new neutral.
Best Booth: Flos during Euroluce
Flos tender with a roughly 10,000-square-foot counter during Euroluce, where a handful of marquee designers showcased their work for a Italian lighting brand.
The counter was a work of pattern in itself—designed for this year’s uncover by Fabio Calvi and Paolo Brambilla of Calvi Brambilla—a two-story clean-lined box with a wavy masquerade and easily proportioned spaces ideal for a outsized lighting showcased inside by a likes of Konstantin Grcic, Formafantasma, Barber Osgerby, Michael Anastassiades, and more.
The Doing-the-Most Award
Ikea stormed a satisfactory this year with dual marquee events: a first-ever Ikea Festival, in a hulk room in outdoor Milan, and a takeover of a Teatro Manzoni—a 19th-century museum only outward Milan’s Brera neighborhood—where a association showed off versions of a new “hackable” sofa, a Delaktig, designed in partnership with Tom Dixon. In truth, a Tom Dixon sofas disappointed—unlike many Ikea staples, they looked inexpensive and their spindly steel legs were a adhering indicate we couldn’t get past.
The “Good to See You Again, Old Friend” Award: Marble
Marble, a forever-favorite element during Milan Design Week (and, of course, Italy in general), held a courtesy again this year.
This year, designers remixed marble with thespian veining that done it feel striking and fresh: Knoll displayed marble tables in smart decay red with high-contrast white veining; Paris pattern association CoEdition showcased coffee tables by Rodolfo Dordoni in skinny black marble; and Vincenzo de Cotiis exhibited a coffee list surfaced with what T repository describes as “marble and Murano potion assimilated with what looks like spilled ink.” At Poliform, new side tables surfaced in turn slabs of amber- and lapis lazuli-hued marble by Jean-Marie Massaud played counterpoint to horizontal Poliform staples.
Material of a Week: Glass
As we predicted, potion had a impulse in a sun. Granted, potion is not a new material; what we found many innovative were a shapes.
The Folio and Strata tables designed by @yabupushelberg for @glasitalia Pictured here in a Milan unit of gallerist @nb_lecompte owner of @carwangallery @filippobamberghi #fuorisalone2017 #milandesignweek #mdw2017 #glasitalia
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Luca Nichetto total colorful, stacked-glass lamps for Venetian-glass association Salviati (pictured above), while Yabu Pushelburg constructed a potion self-centredness and table for Glas Italia, featuring alluringly winding frames.
At a Roll Hill counter during Euroluce, Ladies Gentlemen Studio showed off its excellent art-inspired match lamps, that total corrugated potion with tiny colored sheets for arrangements suggestive of a work of early-20th-century Russian artist Kazimir Malevich.
Tall Horizon Screen Ombré Glass Chair (2017) is my reverence to a good Shiro Kuramata, a author of Glass Chair (1976). @rossana_orlandi #salonedelmobile2017 #rossanaorlandi #germansermics #ombréglasschair photo: @jussipuikkonen
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There were, too, potion room dividers and chairs: Amsterdam-based engineer Germans Ermics total angular, shimmering seating and a kindly winding potion room divider, Horizon Screen, that held a light in a yard during Rossana Orlandi—as per usual, among a many cutting-edge spaces to see new pattern in Milan.