Milan Design Week

The 54th Salone del Mobile, or Milan Design Week, has come to a close. Here we reflect on some of the most talked about and interesting installations that showcased at the event.

Regarded as one of the greatest furnishing and design fairs in the world, Milan Design Week attracts the most well-regarded industry professionals and the interior design elite. This year’s event saw close to 70 percent of trade visitors coming in from overseas to see the latest designs in contemporary pendant lighting, furniture and all manner of interior design elements, proving once again its strong international following.

Thin chairs and Optical Illusions

Highlights of this year’s event included thin chairs and tables, where it appeared the feeling was the thinner the better, with Piero Lissoni of Italian plastic furniture company Kartell quoted in this article as saying, “Yes, my next chair must be as slim as possible”. The result of this thinking came in the form of a chair just 2mm thick and weighing just 2.2 kg, as the innovative company claimed a world first in discovering a way to produce super strong carbon fibre through the injection moulding process.

Also showcasing at the space, which covers 24 exhibition halls, was high-end Italian fashion house Missoni. While perhaps better known for luxe knitwear, the Italian designer caused a stir with their Missoni Mirroring Patchworks and Optical Illusions installation. Zigzag knits made up the installation as well as flying rugs that featured a mosaic-like patchwork motif. Missoni weren’t the only ones to take to the flying rugs theme, as Lee Broom of London also showcased a flying carpet-inspired chaise longue, among other designs, in a mock-up department store display.

Milan Design Week 2015 was hailed a huge success by all in attendance after welcoming 310,840 visitors, of which Salone del Mobile President, Roberto Snaidero, said, “The data confirms the importance and attractiveness of an event that showcases the very best of Italian and international furnishing”.

Image Credit: Bruno Cordioli (flickr.com)