Freshly carried back by bus from Milano, your Interior Design blogger returns with a site report, composed after browsing the booths at the Salone del Mobile, the design world’s biggest to date exhibition, all 200,000 m2 of it! After ricocheting from Classic furniture to Euroluce to Workplace 3.0 to Salone Satellite, I needed to sit down firstly, secondly, exploring the ‘creme de la creme’ of the international furniture industry was well worth sore feet.
What are the masterpieces from this year’s homage to furniture design? And at which point did the exhibitions, halls, and furniture start to blend into one big mirage of consumerism?
Here are a few of my favourites from the Salone, they may not create hysteria in the market anytime soon, but I appreciate the individuality and innovation.
The first section I went towards was the Salone Satellite. It exhibited a selection of young designers, all under 35 years old, from 5 continents to show their projects ranging from lighting to children’s furniture, chairs and interior furnishing. It gives opportunities to young people, allowing for emerging creativity and innovations for the future. It also gives hope and guidance to aspiring designers and students like myself, trying to piece our futures together.
The Hong Kong studio Edmond Wong Studio EWS investigated a new idea for workout furniture that can blend seamlessly into any space, from a bench to chairs, and even a floor lamp that holds weights. I got to try out some of the equipment myself and while thrilled, I still had a bit of arm muscle, the functionality and aesthetic quality of the project really captivated my interest.
Marble, the treasured material of not only Italy in general, but also at the Salone del Mobile this year. Designers like Knoll exhibited marble tables in stylish tarnished red with contrasting white veining. At Poliform, new side tables capped in circular blocks of amber and lapis lazuli, hued marble by Olivier Gagnere added a contrast point to the classic rectangular Poliform furniture.
The colour of the year 2017 was announced by Pantone as “greenery” and shades of green could be picked out all over the booths, coming out in fabric, moss walls, as well as plants hanging from the ceiling.
Perhaps the most photographed booth was Seletti and their interesting lighting display for the Euroluce exhibition. An explosion of lights, colour and monkeys assaults your eyes, then when taking a step closer, the quality and comical individuality of the different lamps comes into focus. From of course, monkeys, to the new limited edition banana lamp designed by Studio Job costing a mere 15 thousand euros, all the shapes and themes were delightful and hilarious. While not everybody’s favorite style, I would certainly enjoy one in my apartment.
Flos also wowed with its nearly 1000 m2 booth at Euroluce. The booth itself, designed by Fabio Calvi and Paolo Brambilla, is a clean-lined, two-story architectural work. The facade has a wavy and undulating element and the space inside is largely proportioned to perfectly show the oversized lighting.
There were too many works to see in the short time we had at the Salone del Mobile. I didn’t even get to mention the swing I swung on, the fairy land I entered into, or so many different lights that my vision went spotty. Next year I recommend visiting and taking more than a day to really experience all the different designs from the past as well as the works looking towards the future.
Juliana Inglese is a full time student at Marist-LDM in Florence working towards her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and Art history. Writing for the Interior Design Department blog allows her to not only utilize her passion for design and travel, but also encourages in-depth research and discovery about her fields of study. After graduation, her goal is to work for an established sustainable design firm on projects around the world.