So we’ve been following the Milan design week 2013 with much yearning to be there, obviously. The yearly Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano is the biggest event of its kind in the world. All major furniture and industrial design companies display their new products and collaborations with different artists and designers. Needless to say, for those of us who obsess over design and furniture, this trade show is a piece of heaven on earth.
The installations exhibited during the Milan design week foreshadow upcoming trends in interior and product design, and serve as sources of inspiration to designers for the rest of the year. We’re specially excited about the following handful of coolness.
This Chest of Suitcases by Maarten de Ceulaer is particularly beautiful to us. Modular design is generally associated with modern, minimalist form, but in this case, it becomes approachable and attractive. Though this is not the first time de Ceulaer plays with the use of the stacked suitcase configuration, this one is our favorite by far!
Patricia Urquiola is never afraid of trying new textile options, and we love her for that. For this year’s event, she designed quite and assortment of chairs for italian brand Moroso. From top to bottom: Mafalda, made with rigid felt. Mathilda, rush backed. Clarissa, steel tube frame, thermo-formed polyester fiber body and soft fiber padded seat and back.
Tom Dixon also brought a line of tables and seating. Very masculine and Dixon-like play of materials and geometries. He added a modern twist to the fan chair, and versatility to the screw table (bottom) with various options for base and top.
Italian furniture brand, Minotti, always has an exquisit modern look. We absolutely love the distribution and play of colors and geometries in their showroom for this year’s Salone del Mobile. The mix of hard and soft surfaces is precise and consistent, as it should be. Minotti is definitely as good as it gets in space and sofa design.. sigh..
You can always count on Marcel Wanders’ Moooi to add some edge to the show. Photographer Erwin Olaf teamed up with the dutch company to create a strikingly vogue space. What we love most: The emphasis on dramatic scale and proportion magnification.