The New Stone Age
Marble and stone took center stage during this Milan week, in all possible and imaginable forms, thanks to special treatments that now allow them to be adapted to all types of environments and occasions. In the hands of designers, these hard surfaces become fully malleable and highly flexible materials. At Antolini, for example, the backlit plates featured an entire collection of Irish green marble tableware that was stain resistant. In Alcova, the multicolored furniture by Sabine Marcelis and OMA did not leave the visitors indifferent, as did the sculptural washbasin golf, in white Carrara marble, from Studio Fuksas in Antoniolupi. Barber & Osgerby have meanwhile visited the table again Tobi Ishi for B&B Italia in a black and white version inspired by Romanesque cathedrals. In summary, the best materials, sourced from all over the world, have been adapted to the demands of modern life, with more attention and a fresh look by designers on nuances and veining, bold curves, finesse slabs and slabs, and almost supernatural plays of transparencies – Alessandra Pellegrino, AD Italy.
Towards more sustainability
This 60th edition of the Milan fair was all about sustainability. This is how B&B Italia presented the bamboo by Mario Bellini in a radically updated version to celebrate the icon’s 50th anniversary. While the original construction was based on a metal structure embedded in polyurethane, the new version is made from recycled polyethylene, while elements of polyurethane foam and thermoplastic elastomers have been added to shape the structure, all wrapped in a recycled PET backing. Any variation of the new collection the bamboo is completely removable and therefore easily recyclable. Cassina, for its part, remains committed to a more environmentally friendly approach through the Cassina LAB. The brand has also preferred recycled PET to fill its new sofas. This year it has also worked on the ease of disassembly of its products to facilitate the recovery and recycling of end-of-life materials – Marina Hemonet, AD France.
Big brands are once again adopting radical design
Vintage design or new editions, the shapes, colors and materials of the 60s and 70s have established themselves among brands and designers. The couch superonda d’Archizoom, wavy and frameless, has thus returned to the Fuorisalone, equipped with a new coating farfalla both in and outside. the soriana by Carlo Scarpa has also had a makeover: upholstery in Japanese denim and orange structure. Acerbis reinterpreted Nanda Vigo’s archives and Zanotta brought new incarnations of the series to life Quaderna† And these are just a few examples. The sixties and seventies, their bright colours, their unlikely patterns and their generous and enveloping shapes still fascinate. Other examples? Lamps inspired by space age from Draga & Aurel, the patterns from The Curious Collection and the sound-absorbing panels from Slalom, which are decorated with patterns typical of seventies† The look in the rear-view mirror is clearly the order of the day, and we want to say a big yes to this sweet madness and these intoxicating colors. † Alessandra Pellegrino, AD Italy.
Tomato red is the color of the season
This year, Milan has seen red – and not just Bar Basso’s neon sign. All over town, the tomato hue was ubiquitous, instantly making the color the essential trend of the week. Many of the latest fashion chairs wore the shade of the season: the collection peaches by Lara Bohinc, launched at Alcova, the chair bulbo by the Campana brothers from the Objets Nomades collection by Louis Vuitton, the new chair sasha fully upholstered by Philippe Malouin for Resident, and new furniture by Paul Smith for De Padova. At Versace Home, color permeated the furniture and walls, giving the place a false look of the Black Lodge (fans of Twin Peaks will appreciate). Ashley Hicks draped her scarlet Lee Jofa fabric over the Buccellati silverware installation, and Ralph Lauren’s Palazzo ottoman was covered in an elegant tomato-red paisley. To top it off, Luca Nichetto, artistic director of French furniture brand La Manufacture, offered a blood orange intervention at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, which showcased 50 new pieces of furniture from 17 designers, all in the same colour. † Hannah Martin, AD USA.