Salone del Mobile :: Highlights & Impressions

Salone del Mobile :: Highlights & Impressions

Salone del Mobile :: Highlights & Impressions

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All good things must come to an end. And so this Salone del Mobile 2019 is finally over. This was my first time attendance and therefore, this post is dedicated to highlights, genuine impressions and ultimately insights with regards to an evolving design industry that is heading for the future.

  • Fuorisalone: The Future Legacy
  • An installation by the Duomo in Milan during the Design Week with a "Boulevard" of olive trees.
    The Boulevard
  • Part of an installation called Plant Ballet during the Milan's Design Week 2019.
    The Plant Ballet
  • Another part of an installation called Plant Ballet, part of the Green Life project during Milan's Design Week 2019.
    The Plant Ballet

Impressions

If there is one thing that I think is most worthwhile keeping from this design fair, or any fair for that matter, is that despite the different design backgrounds, cultures or even design values it is best to focus on the similarities as opposed to the differences. That became even more clear to me after attending an installation featuring products with a Spanish origin.

  • View from above of part of an installation with Spanish design products that include armchairs, space divider with clay bricks, sofa and pots.
  • An off white armchair made by a Spanish designer for an installation during Milan's Design Week.
  • Various vases and table lamps designed by Spanish designers on display during Milan's Design Week.
  • A rusty toned leather armchair by a Spanish designer during Milan's Design Week.
  • Two outdoor chairs in a neutral beige color by a Spanish designer during Milan's Design Week.
  • A wooden frame chair by a Spanish designer on display during Milan's Design Week.
  • A grey chair designed by a Spanish designer on display during Milan's Design Week.
  • Frosted white bottles and a tray, all products by Spanish designers on display during Milan's Design Week.
  • Various lamps by Spanish designers on display during Milan's Design Week.

You see, if you were asked to name the country of origin from any of those creations above, I think nearly no one would guess that they were made by Spanish designers. They could very well be Nordic or Greek or anything else. So my point is that since the language of design is universal, it is time to focus more on our similarities. That is the way we will all come together.

  • Pendant lights and plant holders from the Kundalini booth at Euroluce 2019 in Milan.
  • Round bulbs from a large pendant light at Euroluce 2019 in Milan.
  • An off white sofa with an eclectic sideboard paired with a brassy modern chandelier and wall hangings from iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
  • A luxurious living room with a blush pink curved sofa, an accent Mooi wallpapered wall and a coffee table that resembles the bark of a tree trunk by Brabbu Design Forces at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    BRABBU Design Forces
  • A black truss frame armchair on top of a neutral area rug with a coffee table in the background from the booth of LaCividina at iSaloni in Milan.
    LaCividina
  • Detail of a bed with a night table by LUXXU at iSaloni2019 in Milan.
    LUXXU
  • View of a closet's sliding door with a TV monitor embedded within the mirror glass paneling of the door as seen from Maronese ACF at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Maronese ACF
  • A red modular corner sofa with a side table from iSaloni2019 in Milan.
    LaCividina
  • A luxurious bathroom installation with brassy taps and accessories from Maison Valentina at iSaloni2019 in Milan.
    Maison Valentina
  • A beautiful pattern rug in neutral colors from Rug Society at iSaloni2019 in Milan.
    Rug Society
  • A stunning pendant light installation that stretches way up to the ceiling for Euroluce 2019 in Milan.
  • A beautiful outdoor setup with an organic flair to it from the booth of Mary& at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Mary&


…my point is that since the language of design is universal, it is time to focus more on our similarities. That is the way we will all come together.

This year, Salone del Mobile had several themes running across, with last year’s Manifesto in mind. One of them concerned our relationship with nature and the outdoors and I felt it quite a lot. I used the word felt on purpose because along with themes and design values like sustainability and multi-functionality, it was all about the living “experience” that stirred engagement. They got me involved – wanting me to touch, hold or sit in. And it felt right!

  • Various color blocked textured pillow from Ames at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Ames
  • A white floor lamp that looks a bit like a shell from the stand of Objekto at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Objekto
  • A beautiful sideboard with wooden slat doors by [More] at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    More
  • A beautiful space with multi-functional furniture from Tumidei at iSaloni 2019 in Milan in organic hues like deep olive green and rusty tones.
    Tumidei
  • The Nestor and the Nova chairs by Mater at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Mater
  • A modular sofa that turns into a bed in front of a closet by Tumidei at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Tumidei
  • Chairs, stoneware and a rug on display from Ames at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Ames

Take the two chairs from Mater: the Nestor chair (right) can be turned into energy
once discarded i.e. in the form of pellets , while the Nova chair (left) was put together from food waste! Ames on the one hand showcases Colombian inspired handmade products taking traditional materials like fique and turns them into carpets for example. On the other hand, Tumidei products despite their chic finesse, promoted multi-functionality with their pull-down beds and cabinetry.

I strongly believe that, most designers made a serious effort in every possible way to create a living experience that awakened our senses. And many of them succeeded that through the use of organic materials, colors, textures and amazing craftmanship.

I was happy to spot several brands that were not merely marketing a product launch, but instead had a real vision with timeless designs, manufactured with respect, mindfulness while pushing the boundaries of their aesthetics. It was those companies that got most of my attention.

  • A beautiful sideboard with brassy inlays from Luxxu at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    LUXXU
  • A luxurious dining room with brass lighting and details from the stand of DelightFULL at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    DelightFULL
  • A stylish luxurious dining room at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
  • A tall bookcase with dark stained wood panels from Fimar at iSaloni2019 in Milan.
  • Display of colored Murano glassware at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    NM
  • Detail of a dining setting with a dark stained vintage looking dining table from Mary& booth at iSaloni Milan.
    Mary&
  • A luxurious dining setting with a black marble top dining table at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
  • A pink dreamy girl's bedroom from Circu at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Circu
  • A beautiful area rug at the iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
  • View of a bedroom from the Maronese ACF booth at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Maronese ACF
  • View of a closet sliding door that hides a TV monitor from the Maronese ACF booth at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
    Maronese ACF
  • A luxurious bathroom with two round washbasins from Maison Valentina at iSaloni 2019 in Milan.
  • An eclectic vignette with two wall lights enclosing an art image over a green marble top console table as seen at iSaloni 2019 in Milan at DelightFULL.
    DelightFULL

In all honesty, I don’t think all these pictures do real justice to the actual experience of this design fair. Therefore, I did take some footage and compiled it all in a video that you can watch here in an effort to share with you a bit of that magic…

Trends & Insights

Now when it comes to trends: curves were everywhere. Nothing new! And so was a sense of luxury. But in my humble opinion, some furniture felt more relaxed and better lived in, offering a truer living experience compared to other. However, there was something out there for everyone to indulge in.

Moreover, marble (including colored with veins), glass, loads of brass (inlays, trims and details in general), lots of velvet, leather, and a newcomer shearling are still in a high trending momentum, confirming my forecast insights from November; (should you wish you can read my analysis of this year’s trendshere).

A dining table and curvy dining armchairs with a solid wood frame looking very textured and organic.

Nevertheless, the protagonist of all was wood – in every possible form, texture and tone. It was certainly the most versatile material. I saw it looking anywhere from raw to a lustrous veneered version. Hence, this the one material that will be hot news for years to come.

That is because, new ways of shaping it, especially in curvy forms, have risen and hence, new possibilities are becoming a reality. So do watch for more innovations with wood (preferably from sustainable forestry) that will be in line with the Eco trend.

Also, it’s worth noting that one of the dominating upholstery colors was green paired with other organic hues like rusty and reddish tones and in contrast with off white hues. This of course complimented and enhanced further the organic, yet luxurious theme.

Overview

Thus, I will finish off by saying that there were a few minor setbacks. The internet connection at the iSaloni2019 was rather slow and I sincerely hope that the organizing committee had a more detailed floor layout map to make navigating in every Hall a lot easier.

Moreover, I found it a bit of a challenge to keep up with all the brand names and corresponding images. So do forgive me for I have given credit only to the brands I was certain of. Sadly, there was one thing that did not sit with me very well and that was with regards to the policy of a few stands that allowed a visit by invitation only!! Seriously, I could go on and on why that was an “alarming” attitude but I won’t go more into it now (perhaps in another post).

Having said all that though, in overall, it was an amazing and enriching experience. I wish I had more time to explore many more brands out there that celebrate and uphold design as the means to a better living. Fingers crossed though, I will return to it next year!

Lastly, I would like to wish all of you who are on a Spring break a Happy Easter! (Easter break for us will be next week). 😉

Love,

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