We trek the fairgrounds at Salone del Mobile to bring you highlights from halls 16 & 20.
14 April, 2016
Volage EX-S is Philippe Starck’s latest project for Cassina. EX-S stands for ‘extra soft’, and the sofa with its comfortable single-cushion seat and wide armrest lives true to its name. Particularly striking too, were the colourful bespoke textiles by artist Bertjan Pot, which were specially conceived for the iconic Utrecht armchair. And given Zaha Hadid’s recent passing, it was wonderful to see Cassina release a preview of their project done in collaboration with the great architect – a nuanced re-interpretation of the cube called ZH One.
Over at the Glas Italia stand, we were particularly drawn to the Layers bookshelf designed by Nendo for its play of overlapping colours.
This year, Kartell has used its stand at the fairgrounds to communicate its company philosophy in a unique way. The display, titled “Talking Minds”, revolves around 11 boldy-coloured micro-environments, with each dedicated to a specific designer. Each room showcases the brand’s latest products, accompanied by the voice or ‘talking mind’ of the designer it has partnered with. New products include the Organic Chair by Antonio Citterio made from BIODURA, a material obtained from renewable raw materials, and a new kids line with the first collection designed by Nendo, Piero Lissoni and other well known names in design.
Piero Lissoni is a master when it comes to elegant and simple designs. His latest collaboration with Knoll, the Avio sofa, is a play of contrast – metal structure against soft cushions – while the essential lines conceal complex workmanship.
Over at Moroso, Patricia Urquiola’s ‘open-source’ Belt sofa looked and felt extremely inviting. The structure is encircled in knitted belts while the ultra soft cushions are designed to bring one to a state of pure relaxation. The aluminium frame can be freely assembled, combining the different components to offer a variety of customisation possibilities.
For the outdoors, Kettal’s new Riva collection designed by Jasper Morrison is all about achieving ‘a certain atmosphere’ for an enhanced enjoyment of the outside environment. The teak plank construction ensures a good level of comfort and the collection is a complete one offering a good range of options, from sofa to armchair to coffee table and more.
This year, Magis celebrates 40 years of bold ideas and innovation at the Salone del Mobile with a large tiered display that illustrates the past and present of the Italian company, from its latest products created by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic and Jerszy Seymour down to its most iconic designs.
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