Sunday, 29 April 2012

Salone di Mobile -10 of the best in design.

This years "Salone di Mobile" Design Fair in Milan was as inspiring as ever.

There have been some mixed reviews of this season fair and the general statement.
Some have said that companies were being a little cautious in what they presented and how much investment they had made into exploring new ideas and new collections.
Even some reports state that the visitors were far down on previous years.

I visited the fair on the first day and I had the impression, that this years session was somehow buzzing with a far larger audience.
The recession, the double dip, the crisis, however you want to describe it as, is at the moment, driving one thing......
...................a new desire for creativity, both form the product manufacturing industry and also form the consumers at large.

The manufacturers are following trends in looking at craftsmanship, getting back to the heritage of their design business and looking deep into the archives for what made them who they are today.
You can see everywhere attention to fine details in the way corners are folded and blended into different materials.


Mixed side tables from Poliform, set in a beautiful color scheme, with deep turquoise and dark blue against the bright red accent and dark natural wood.

Optical illusions and Flourescent orange chairs combine to add a touch of surrealism.

Mini square pattern rug is offset by the deep brown legs from a table and chair set.

Marble and wood side table set from Poliform, contrasting 'mineral, natural, and textural'. 

Combinations of materials are carefully combined.
Wood and leather. Marble and woolen textures.
In many of the designer room settings, I observed beautiful interactions between 'mineral, natural and textural' items. Side tables in wood, low coffee tables in Marble and sofas and cushions in coarse woolen textures.

We see a strong return to decorative patterns and the use of neutral colours with lacquered vase items in pop colours bringing in a 3rd dimension.

 In contrast to some of the messages on visitor numbers, I felt that with the huge number of visitors, the Milan design fair was buzzing with designers, buyers, store owners and design lovers.

Some fantastic ideas were again exposed to a huge number of amateur and professional "clickers!"

See Clickers as you I and everyone else with access to a recordable device!!
Today we live in an environment where the digital camera and then followed by the smart phone is king!

The Designer brands and independent designers tried desperately to preserve the integrity of their work with soft touch security guards and friendly hostesses who in the main are quite helpless to enforce the "No Photo" signs displayed quite visibly around the stands!

So, in the spirit of continued sharing, I am bringing you some of my top 10 design, trend, items from the Milan design Fair 2012.

#1 "Confessions" the privacy booth, by Nick Ross, a student, shown in Rosanna Orlandi.




#2 The trend of ceramic and wood combinations, 'form in a form' - A lamp from Poliform.


#3. Continuing the trend of 'form in a form' A light in a dome lamp by Poliform.


#4. Trend in Material mix - Marble surface top combined with fluorescent table legs by Borsolini.

#5.  The trend of patterns and decorative statements, this abstract rug hung on a wall at Reflex.

#6. Beautiful twinkling LED Lights, with a feeling of the true meaning of 'Fairy Lights' from Reflex.

#7. Looking deeper into the dark wood statement, we see this excellent idea of "Twisting drawers", where each drawer opens independently with a slight twist.

#8. Bringing movement and motion to still design, here these rubber baskets look still and inanimate, but once you spring the basket to life, they wobble uncontrollably!!

#9. Iridescent gold combined with purple, update last years spectacular statement in the "Moon chair"  from Moroso.

#10. Fossilized wood. This table comes form a tree which is 48,000 years old and has been incased in mud in New Zealand. The touch is like silk with a finish that is dense and super smooth.