With hundreds of furniture and accessory releases happening in Milan, it’s hard to narrow down what’s worth your time. Here are our picks for the most exciting product launches at Milan Design Week 2017.
ShiroStudio and BarbaraCasati&Crea for Nodus Rug
Architect and designer Barbara Casati, with Crea International, has created a tapestry depicting Giuseppe Garibaldi, honorary president of the 1867 international congress for peace in Geneva. And from London’s ShiroStudio is Particles, an homage to German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz. The handmade rug reflects on his theory of monads, an indivisible and hence ultimately simple entity, such as an atom or a person. On view at Il Piccolo showroom, via D. Tessa, 1, entrance Corso Garibaldi entrance
Brixx by Lorenza Bozzoli for Dedon
The German outdoor furniture manufacturer and Italian designer collaborated on a modular sectional that would be perfectly at home on a Palm Springs patio. The versatile seating system made up of rectangular modules as well as triangular and spherical cushions integrates a slice of a powder-coated aluminum side table with teak legs. On view at Salone, Hall 20.
Cementiles by Campana Brothers for Bisazza
The Brazilian duo connects with the Italian mosaic manufacturer on a collection inspired by the coloured spirals of the layered mineral rock, particularly Brazilian agate geodes. Made of high-strength cement blended with coloured oxides, the tiles – available in red, green and yellow – are crafted by hand. On view at the Bisazza flagship store, via Senato 2
Flow by Nendo
An aptly named product from a brand that is always on the move. For Italy’s Alias, Nendo has created a collection of seven pieces, ranging from tabletop vessels to the tables to put them on. Flow stems from the idea of a surface melting away to form containers, breaking free from its structure in order to hold something else. On view at Salone, Hall 20
Matteo Cibic for Scarlet Splendour
The high-end luxury furniture company from India has become a regular fixture at spazio Rossana Orlandi. The latest designs include whimsical furnishings by Matteo Cibic, who is launching Mandala, a gold-inlaid cabinet that seems to be inspired by a cupcake. The collections also include new pieces by Nika Zupanc. On view at spazio Rossana Orlandi, via Matteo Bandello 14/16
Pepa Reverter for Valresa
Surface&Interface presents products from nine Spanish furniture and design brands. In each one, a graphic creation has been incorporated, with the aim of bringing together design with new digital printing technology developed by Italian chemical company Valresa. Called Virtual Melt technology, the exhibit includes this wall unit by Martí Guixé with a unique skin by graphic designer Pepa Reverter. On view at Palazzo di Litta de Milán Corso Magenta, 24.
Paris-Memphis Candleholders by Maison Dada
As you’d expect from a brand that takes its name from Dadaism, Maison Dada’s style is playful, colourful, bold and provocative. This set of candleholders, designed by co-founder Thomas Dariel, mixes elegance with a bit of weirdness, reminding us of the symbol Prince once used as a moniker. This one’s plated metal is coated with a glossy pink copper finish. On view at Salone
Outdoor by Tom Fereday for SP01
A brand new company from Australia, SP01 is making its official debut in Milan, with two highly crafted collections — SP01 Indoor by Milan’s own designer studio Metrica; and SP01 Outdoor (shown) by Tom Fereday, a rising star within Sydney’s design scene. On view at Tortona 31.
Deco Futura and Assembly by Diesel Living with Moroso
Two brands unite on three seating collections that combine coziness with shapes that reference vintage and mechanical aesthetics. The Deco Future poufs recall the bold geometries of the ‘20s and ‘30s in cool tones with mirrored legs that seem to disappear. Assembly contrasts plush velvet, felt and linen, screwing together the parts of the simple but formal chair with prominent steel bolts. On view at Salone, Hall 16