From a modular lighting system inspired by electric slot car racing to curvaceous sofas composed like the art of stacking stones – here are 10 products we love from Milan Design Week 2019!
18 April, 2019
It’s been a herculean task to choose our favourite products from Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile – we simply have too many. If you haven’t read them already, we have covered some of them in our themed stories here, here and here.
And here in this article, we’ve rounded up 10 more exceptional products that caught our eyes, because of their striking form, compelling design stories and problem-solving concepts that fit so well in our world today. And they are:
Electric slot cars were hugely popular when Michael Anastassiades was a kid. But it’s not the tiny zooming cars that the designer was fascinated with. “I was more fascinated with how simple combinations of curved and linear track sections would create fantasy circuits,” he shared.
Anastassiades took this inspiration and put it on the ceiling for FLOS.
Debuted at Salone 2019, My Circuit is a versatile lighting track system comprises surface-mounted curved and linear sections that allow one to tailor endless configurations to suit one’s space. Complementing the system are five pendant fixtures – Horizontal Disk, Vertical Disk, Vertical Line, Sphere and Spot – that can be attached and repositioned along the track.
This brainchild of Louis Poulsen and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson uses geometry to shape light. The OE Quasi Light comprises two geometric shapes nested inside each other.
The outer layer is an aluminium icosahedron that directs the light toward the core while the inner layer, a polycarbonate dodecahedron that gently diffuses it, creating a breathtakingly complex light object.
“What distinguishes it from so many lamps is that it shines in towards the core, from which the light is reflected back out onto the surroundings,” shared Eliasson. ” In one form, the lamp combines precision in design with quality atmospheric lighting.”
Vitra introduced the prototype of Vlinder at last year’s Salone. This year Vlinder is ready for commercial manufacturing and will be available in store in autumn. The sofa is designer Hella Jongerius’ love letter to textile weaving.
Vlinder features an overlay contoured to fit its classic shape, which comprises seven different jacquard pattern woven with yarns with two different thicknesses in eight colours.
“It shows a new way of producing a tailored ‘one-off’ pattern and creating an haute couture sofa that combines the human touch of crafts with the possibilities of digital technology,” says Jongerius. Vlinders is available in a composition of light reds (pictured), light greens, dark reads and dark greens.
Japanese brand Ritzwell brought back one of its best-selling products that has been missing from the catalogue for 15 years.
Designed by Jun Kamahara, JK Easy Chair features a thin stainless steel frame and generously cushioned seat designed to hug your hips and support your back.
The hairline stainless steel frame is finished with an ultra-thin acrylic urethane coating in red and bronze – lending a warm touch to the look – while its seat and cushion are clad in supple, soft-to-the-touch leather.
Italian designer and architect Gianfranco Frattini (1926-2004) was a protege of maestro Gio Ponti and one of the pioneers of the golden era of Italian design. At Salone this year, Poltrona Frau presented Turner, a reissue of Frattini’s historic Modello 823 swivel bookcase.
Inspired by the classic English freestanding bookcases, Frattini designed Modello 823 in 1963. Its 2019 reincarnation Turner, features Modello 823‘s three-level swivel supporting structure. Thanks to the grooves on each level, users can slot in and remove dividing panels on at will, creating an ever-changing composition of solid and void.
Turner features a metal internal supporting structure encase in a birch plywood central column finished with Canaletto walnut veneer. The intermediate shelves are also made with birch plywood with Canaletto walnut veneer while its grooves are solid Canaletto walnuts. Turner comes with 21 dividing panels (seven on each level). A kit of three additional panels can be purchased separately.
For this year’s Salone presentation, Minotti presented new indoor and outdoor furniture designed by an international, all-star cast that includes Christophe Delcourt, Nendo, architect Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27, and GamFratesi. Both collections offer a diverse mix of design language to suit a broad range of spaces.
Among the pieces in the indoor collection, Dordoni’s own design, Lawson, paints a striking figure with its gentle curves. The Lawson collection ranges from compact lounge armchairs to sofas and easy chairs with generous depth. Curvaceous but modular, Lawson is designed to suit the residential and hospitality realms. It is available in a wide range of fabric, leather and metal finishes.
Our second piece by Michael Anastassiades in this list, this time for furniture brand Gebrüder Thonet Vienna (GTV).
A celebration of the 200th anniversary of the opening of brand founder Michael Thonet in Boppard’s very first joinery workshop in 1819, N.200 is the embodiment of the brand’s bent wood tradition. N.200 pairs black bent beech wood frame and woven cane seat in a clean, minimalist form that is both light and eye-catching, and nostalgic and timeless.
Designed by Carlo Colombo, Flexform’s Sveva armchair debuted last year to great acclaim. This year, Flexform has expanded the collection with a sofa version that features all the charm of the armchair – now available for two (or more).
Made to suit both residential and hospitality, the sofa is compact. It rests on an elegant cast aluminium legs available in five finishes – satin, chrome, black chrome, burnished or champagne finish. Sveva sofa also allows for countless combinations between the cowhide shell (available in many colours) and the cushion upholstery, which is available in fabric or leather.
Designed by Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, Cassina’s Cotone range features minimalist yet striking extruded aluminium structure that earned praised when it was launched at Salone 2017. This year Cassina has expanded the Cotone family with modular sofas and low tables.
The Cotone sofa is available as two- and three-seater units with either low backrest or embracing high back for maximum comfort. Its armrests are equipped with an internal mechanism that makes them adjustable. An armchair unit and a family of low tables (with marble top) and coffee tables (with aluminium top) round up the offering.
Patricia Urquiola’s Gogan sofa for Moroso took its name from the Japanese word for stones placed to protect and embellish the banks of rivers and lakes. The sofa comprises elements that are slightly irregular in shape, which are carefully positioned to achieve a balance just like the art of stone-stacking.
Gogan features smooth and solid volumes. The sofa’s centre of gravity is slightly inclined towards the rear, allowing the backrest to be kept lower. Its base lends the impression that the sofa is floating above the ground.
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