The Word's largest and arguably most influential Furniture show, Salone del Mobile is currently on in Milan, Italy where literally thousands of exhibitors showcase their latest designs and compete for attention on the World stage.
This is the place where new trends are born - and we are always super-inspired by the images flooding our in-box (the closest we can get to actually being there!) so, here is a virtual tour of some of the pieces that have caught our eye....
We are big fan of British design brand Pinch (see our previous post on Pinch here) and they have launched their Euler coffee table (the first image above) which explores the juxtaposition of two opposing materials - English Oak and white resin.
The rather delicious looking sofa above is by another Brit' - Jasper Morrision for Kettal, and celebrates outdoor furniture by showing off it's teak construction combined with the good looks and comfort often more associated with interior pieces.
We can't resist great lighting design and one of our local Melbourne designers, Ross Gardam has launched the Polar Lamp at Milan this year - and we LOVE it!' Inspired by natural seasonal phases of light, the circular disc completely rotates which enables the user to play with the distribution of light and shade (see Ross' Instagram account for a video of this in action here).
For over two decades, bathroom brand Axor has invited designers to create a new tap / spout as part of their WaterDream collection. This year, the brief was that the designs had to incorporate alternative materials and give a new perspective on this utilitarian product.
The stunning Zen Tap by 'taps' into (excuse the pun) the Japansese traditional bamboo water spout resulting in a really tranquil and calming functional product.
French powerhouse Hermés chooses to showcase it's homewares at Milan and greets visitors with a Magnifying Glass - symbolising the absolute confidence in attention to detail that the brand prides itself on. "Hermés invites users to take care of themselves in the same way they have taken care of every aspect of the design of the objects".
Milan itself is also on show to the World, with temporary installations adding to the theatrical element of the show. 'Open Borders' is an Interni event is inspired by the idea of challenging our traditional notions of 'borders' or 'boundaries'. MAD architects are responsible for dressing the Loggia of the Cortile d'Onore in a flowing curvaceous veil-like structure called 'Invisible Border'.
“Architects usually create borders by defining spaces - what is inside and outside, what is nature and the artificial – but today’s society already has too many invisible borders. As architects we should instead focus on how can we blur those borders and encourage interaction across them” - Ma Yansong
Finally - you can rely on Dolce & Gabbana for pure frivolous fun - teaming up with Smeg to design and commission Sicilian Artists to hand-paint 100 special editions of the FAB28 fridge, transforming them into unique, one-off works of art.
The two companies share Italian backgrounds where notions of family, strong roots and a deep respect for tradition are explored with the painted motifs on each fridge.
Price on application to Dolce & Gabbana here if you are tempted to add an Italian Masterpiece to your kitchen anytime soon!