The annual furniture extravaganza Salone Internazionale del Mobile is back. While most of us will not be in Milan for one of the world’s most revered furniture and design shows (or perhaps you might be one of the lucky ones), we are not about to miss out on the good bits to be expected this year. There's reportedly 2500 exhibitors from nearly 40 countries at the show, so we'd better not be left out of the party.
This year Alessi will unveil ‘ILBAGNOALESSI Dot', a new bathroom range designed by Dutch architect Wiel Arets. Clean lines and good (clean) fun have always been Alessi's trademarks, and this new range is not any different. And speaking of trademark, Italian mosaic specialists Bisazza is collaborating with Studio Job and Jaime Hayon to come up with a range of bespoke furniture that will showcase Bisazza's mosaic heritage. The highlight of their presentation is expected to be Jaime Hayon’s Pinocchione - a really huge Pinocchio-like figure dressed in black and white mosaics, holding a tray on which Hayon’s work will be exhibited. Looks like the folks at Bisazza are all set out to impress.
Meanwhile, who can forget to mention Cappellini, one of the mainstays of the Salone? I really adore their new Island Table (designed by Nendo) - a set of overlapping tables made of bent metal plates. The Japanese always have a way to make something so simple look so good...
The innovative British brand Modus is also showing off thirteen new products at the fair this year. My personal favourite will have to be Face (by Pearson Lloyd), a range of cabinets with oversized doors and drawers. You know what a fan of minimalism I am, so it should come as no surprise that this range captured my heart.
Last but certainly not least, Vitra will be debuting a Vitra Anniversary Edition 2007 Eames Plywood Elephant in celebration of the 100th birthday of Charles Eames. Originally designed by Eames and his wife Ray in 1945, the sculptural creature is made using breakthrough fabrication methods at that time, but has never been fully produced until now. I have never once associated Eames' design with 'fun' or 'organic', so this is one huge surprise I never saw coming from the legendary designer.
That's not all one gets to see at the fair, given that folks like Droog and Zanotta will also be exhibiting. I'll touch on more of the other great finds in the next coming posts.