Our Top Five Moments from Salone del Mobile 2016

The world’s leading furniture fair, Salone del Mobile returned last month, with a record breaking number of visitors attending. More than 370,000 people flocked to the 55th edition of the event, from April 12 to 17.

Staged at Milan’s Rho Fairgrounds, exhibitions, product launches, presentations and installations made up the 230,000 square metres of event space.  While the fair originally revolved around Italian furniture and manufacturers, it is now firmly established on the international design stage.

It’s always a fantastic opportunity to immerse oneself in the very best and latest in design. We’ve picked out five of our favourite moments from Salone del Mobile 2016. Take a look…

1.’The Restaurant by Caesarstone and Tom Dixon’

British designer Tom Dixon didn’t just display his designs this year – he created four contemporary working kitchens in partnership with quartz-surface brand Caesarstone. The Restaurant by Caesarstone and Tom Dixon popped up in the 18th century Rotonda della Besana church, with a menu created by Italian food design studio Arabeschi di Latte. Dixon’s new collection, Materiality, is an ode to the ‘raw matter’ that the brand uses to create its sought-after products.

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2. Toyota Setsuna

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota launched it brand new design. The Toyota Setsuna is a concept car crafted almost entirely from wood -Japanese cedar and birch, to be exact. The body of the car is made from 86 wooden panels – each handmade and joined together using traditional Japanese interlocking, which means that no screws or nails are needed. The company decided to use wood—a material that is durable yet prone to change over time—to symbolise how cars undergo a gradual transformation over the years, as if absorbing the aspirations, memories, and emotions of multiple generations of a family. With the Setsuna concept, Toyota is expressing the notion that, as a family accrues time and experiences together with their car, that car will acquire a new type of value that only the members of that family can appreciate.

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Above images from here.

 3. Cassina’s Utrecht armchair

The Utrecht armchair has been exclusively produced by Italian brand Cassina since 1988 and has become one of the brand’s most iconic products. Dutch designer Bertjan Pot created a geometric and colourful fabric to upholster Cassina‘s Utrecht armchair in, which was designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1935. Called ‘BoxBlocks’, these fabrics covered 90 limited edition chairs and were created using a computer-controlled Jacquard weaving machine. The result is a unique geometric pattern, where the combination of triangles is never repeated. Pot says that it was important do something today that was not technically possible at the time of the armchair’s creation.

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4. “Credenza”

Two Italian designers joined forces to create ‘Credenza’. Architect Patricia Urquiola and graphic designer Federio Pepe launched their capsule collection of furniture that was inspired by the artist Gerhard Richter’s stained-glass windows for the Cologne Cathedral. The graphical interpretation sees stained-glass panels installed to the front of wooden cabinets. Each panel is housed in semi-circular frames and features diagonal and triangular patterns in blue, red and yellow. The name ‘Credenza’ actually has two meanings in Italian: ‘a sideboard’ and ‘one’s beliefs’, which is fitting for a design technique long-used for the windows of churches and mosques.Salone-slide-0BSG-master1050Credenza-Collection-Patricia-Urquiola-Federico-Pepe-Stained-Glass-Furniture_dezeen_1568_1 Credenza-Collection-Patricia-Urquiola-Federico-Pepe-Stained-Glass-Furniture-crop2_dezeen_936_4

5. The Cherry Bomb Fringe

American designer Lindsey Adelman turned to the seasons for inspiration. Her latest lighting fixture creation – the Cherry Bomb Fringe – is inspired by the naked branches of cherry trees with their winter icicles and early spring blooms. Created for the design gallery Nilufar in Milan, the fixture is made from brass ‘branches’, gold-leaf hand-blown glass globes and hundreds of sparking brass chains.

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Image above: Joanna McClure