Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Salone de Mobile - Designer's Paradise

The minute you step onto the cobbled curbs of central Milan, you can't help but be swept along with the Milanese passion for Salone de Mobile.

The minute you step onto the cobbled curbs of central Milan, you can't help but be swept along with the Milanese passion for Salone de Mobile.

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The tentacles of the Furniture Fair hosted at Frera Milano Rho extend to the heart of Milan.  This (pictured above) tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Gaetano Pesce's famed "UP5&6" chair design was hero'd in Piazza del Duomo.

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Anyone with a passion for design is like the veritable "kid in a candy store" at the Fair.  It is vast and inspiring.  There is so much to take in!  In this wonderland of furniture and (this year) lighting, what grabs attention is very individual.  Here's a glimpse of what stopped us in our tracks ...

BOLD COLOUR - My favourite colour is orange so I was delighted to see it starring on the fashion & design high streets and on exhibits.  Vibrant colour - particularly orange, golds and greens - was omnipresent along with gentler pastel pigments of pinks, choral, greens and blues.

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SOFT FORMS - While hard edges add strong definition to furniture, there was a prevalence of soft forms across upholstered and occasional furniture.  This added an inviting contrast on sofas and chairs as well as on clustered ottomans and small tables.

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SURPRISING SHAPES - Breaking the mould and creating new shapes added an element of surprise and was used to great affect especially by rug and lighting designers.

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NEGATIVE LIGHTING - Lighting has become a dramatic art form.  The clever use of negative light refracting off background surfaces and silhouetted structures was spectacular.

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PENCIL LINES - Fine pencil outlines created a linear definition that complimented softer furniture configurations.  This was particularly visible in occasional tables, lighting and screens.

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CLUSTERS - We love the interest that contrasting shapes and textures create when clustered together.  Mixed profiles and contours had a strong presence at Salone with fabric, leather, marble, lacquer, glass, steel and wood all combined by numerous designers.

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OBJECT ENVY - Finding distinctive and interesting accessories can be challenging.  We were envious of the objects used at the Fair.  Solid objects in intriguing sculptural shapes added a striking touch to many exhibits.  We will need to take a much bigger suitcase next year!

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