The Design Net

Milan’s Salone del Mobile report

Antonio Ciccerio for Maxalto

With over 3,000 exhibitors and designers in Milan and up to 500,000 people visiting the week’s events we very much concentrated on the official show at the Fiera Milano Rho this year, particularly as most of our Brands were exhibiting there.

After nearly 20 years, B&B Italia returned to exhibit at the Fiera and had the most enormous stand (4000 square meter) inside the newly created S.Project Pavillion which was created as a showcase for Italian Design. It was crazily busy just trying to get through the hoards of people hanging out in their interactive wall area before accessing the actual stand with special passes only….but once on, absolutely fabulous with new designs by Antonio Citterio, Piero Lissoni, Vincent Van Duysen and Michael Anastassiades highlighting the technical innovation and design research of B&B Italia, one of Italy’s best design ambassadors.

Our favourite piece had to be Caratos armchair by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto, shown above.

Contardi2

Contardi were part of Euroluce (International Lighting Exhibition), and their stand in Hall 9, was just stunning, so very innovative and exciting.

LED technology has enabled lighting designers to be more creative, flexible and daring as revealed by G&T, designed by Jeffrey Glass, being a selection of magnetic flexible arms with “gin” cup measuring shades which can be placed literally anywhere there is steel or on their own mounted docks.

Babu outdoor by Massimiliano Raggi

but our favourite light has to be Babu outdoor by Massimiliano Raggi, shown here

ercol

Ercol, in Hall 22 paid homage to it’s Originals classic collection, and launched Von screens and a great new table, the Large Pennon table by Norm Architects, where aeroplane wings are echoed in the leg supports and spindles being signature features in Ercol designs.