As promised, this week's post is an interesting feast of product from Milan's Salone del Mobile. Design daily has already previewed a number of new items in a post prior to the start of Milan Design Week and have avoided repeating all but one of these. I have also avoided listing too many products seen at Satellite and Ventura Lambrate as these perennially inspirational events will form the basis of the third and final instalment on Milan 2015. Unfortunately my will has proven a little weak and a few particular favourites from these areas have managed to sneak into this post.
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At Satellite I was delighted to meet Isabell Gatzen whose arresting objects and furniture pieces in anodised aluminium and marble offered a fresh new minimalist aesthetic with product names to match.
I have to admit to having quite low expectations when I heard that Philippe Malouin was creating plant pots using Caesarstone for the installation called Movements he'd designed for Milan Design Week. Not because Malouin does anything less than exceptionally but because to my mind Caesarstone, like all solid surfaces, was inherently flat and therefore somewhat predictable. When I saw the planters however, I was totally bowled over. The material and colour combinations were amazing as was the combination of high-tech and traditional cutting, turning and carving techniques utilised. The pieces are totally worthy of the exotic palazzo environment they were shown in. Unfortunately the incredible detail was a little lost in most of the location photographs due to the awe-inspiring ceiling of Palazzo Serbelloni stealing the show.
Bentwood furniture seemed to be everywhere this year with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna releasing about 10 new pieces using this technique, while Martino Gamper created his 'St Marks' chair for Moroso and Thonet (Germany) released a bentwood sofa called '2000' by Christian Werner. At Ventura Lambrate, students from the university KAKD (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts) created an entire installation using bent rattan (a slightly different material and method but requiring a similar design language).
The 'Hideout' armchair by Front for Gebrüder Thonet Vienna - more wonderful use of bentwood & cane.
Nodus rugs always have an incredible array of new limited edition rugs to add to their exciting range. This year was no exception, with new rugs by Mattali Crasset, MInale-Maeda, Sylvan Willenz, Maarten Baas and Mischer & Traxler to name just a few.
These tables look fairly standard from a distance but are exquisitely made with joints made using the lost wax casting technique usually found in jewellery design. The same three and four way joints work across the range. The manufacturer is new San Francisco based brand, Branch.
Spanish brand Sandal have become well known in recent years for their interesting pieces in wood and textiles by designers such as Sebastian Herkner and Rafa Garcia but this chair by Swedish outfit, Note Design Studio, is something else altogther. The beautiful soft form has a fine metal, cage-like base and features upholstery stitching detail that mirrors the base. Exquisite.
Hanna Kruger's COLLECTIVE collection and new Italian brand Portego, were just two highlights from another great year at Ventura Lambrate. Be sure to check out next weeks post on Design daily for more.
And with this last lovely image with its delicate spring theme, I will call a halt to this post before it becomes ridiculously long. Next week it's time for Satellite and Ventura Lambrate, so prepare yourself for some fantastic young design and a few bizarre installations.