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Tag Archives: Milano Fair 2013
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is just the most important place on the planet to be if you’re a designer or even a humble furniture professional like me. From its origins in 1961, the fair has become the most important point of reference for our industry and that’s why we journey to Milan each year, to discover new trends, catch up with old friends, and soak up the buzz of Milan. With a total attendance of some 324,093 people, the fair really does have a life of its own.
Contained within these pages is our pick of the best of Milan 2013. The best stands, the best new products, the best new ideas and the future trends in styling and colour. Click here to read our 2013 Milano Report.
We’re always very excited to attend Salone Internazionale del Mobile and this year lived up to all our expectations. But we’re equally excited when the new products arrive in our showroom and look forward to sharing them with you later in the year.
Born in Rome in 1914, Lina Bo Bardi’s extraordinary legacy as an architect, set designer, editor, illustrator, furniture designer and curator, has yet to be fully acknowledged. But Claudio Feltrini, CEO of Arper, became fascinated by the idea of developing a project that has never been industrially produced – the Bardi’s Bowl chair (1951): a hemispherical shape and simple volume that has a strong spatial presence. Arper will produce the Bowl chair in a numbered and limited edition of just 500, to acknowledge Lina Bo Bardi’s place in the design fraternity.
THE ONE VISION THAT EVERYONE AT THE SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEL MOBILE WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS THE INSTALLATION BY 2008 PRITZKER LAUREATE JEAN NOUVEL.
Nouvel was commissioned to create a huge project tailored specifically to the Saloni that would document the tremendous changes that have altered living and working spaces over the past few years.
His response was simply breathtaking, creating several work environments that were light-years away from the commercial spaces most of us inhabit today. Nouvel says that he believes that the architect’s job is to “interpret the technical, cultural and social changes of the age in which we live and to express them poetically in a quest for freedom.”
In the installations featured here we believe that Nouvel has exquisitely captured the essence of his brief, and has offered a view of a workplace that runs completely counter to the dedicated office of today.
At the Saloni in Milano, Arper extended their always popular Saya range of chairs by adding Saya Mini, a child-sized version suited for our little people, and available in kiddy colours of white, yellow, pink, red and ochre with matching sled bases. It’s beyond adorable!
Missed out on the Milan fair? Watch the film above and feel as though you were there. Andreu World presented their new collections at the annual Milan Fair in April. Our favourite standout pieces were the Agora highback lounge chair and the Manfred sofas. Click here to register to receive your free copy of our Milan Report due out soon.
This year Nanimarquina launched the Natural Collection, produced with an exclusive selection of natural fibres that reflect the plurality that nature has to offer: nettle, afghan wool, silk and jute. These fibres are twisted together into continuous thread: a highly laborious manual process that enriches the design, giving each carpet a soft and unique texture. Each thread, each knot, transports us to the world where this rug began. The Natural Collection has been made using biodegradable, chemical-free cleaning products. This took Nanimarquina a step further in the fight against environmental degradation. After 25 years designing rugs, their thinking has been that true innovation lies precisely in creating rugs using what our environment gives us, like the plant that grows around us.
The complete collection will be on the website shortly.
We will release our annual Milano Report next month showcasing all the new and delicious product launched at the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile. In the meantime, this is a sneak peak at what’s to come.