Salone del Mobile Preview: 17 of the Most Exciting Debuts of Milan Design Week

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The Milan Furniture Fair, the annual design event and arguably the world’s most important, turns 60 this year, but don’t expect anything middle-aged from the nearly 2,000 exhibitors. who will settle in the Italian city from June 7 to 12.

Energy is at an all-time high after a subdued performance in 2021, and the city has gone from strength to strength in recent years in anticipation of post-pandemic crowds. There are refreshed hangouts (Marchesi 1824 for pastry, Bar Basso for negronis), a livelier restaurant scene (sushi is suddenly everywhere), a new museum (ADI Design Museum, near the Brera district) and new traffic lanes that promise to unravel the infamous Milan Circulation.

Among design debuts, we have our eye on director Luca Guadagnino’s entry into furnishings and a growing number of designers promising a real step forward in sustainability, from plant-based building materials to Nature Squared in Loewe’s view of the art of repair. .


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Courtesy of LOEWE

Craftsmen for Loewe baskets

Inspired by the concept of ‘repair, recycle, revive’, the fashion brand has partnered with Spanish and South Korean artisans on four different projects, each showcasing the beauty of traditional weaving techniques. Korean paper twine craft as practiced by Young Soon Lee is one of his interests; another is the legacy of the Galician weavers of northwestern Spain. Loewe.com


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MOLTENI&C

Molteni&C living box by Vincent Van Duysen

Practical and monumental, simple and very refined, the Living Box by Belgian designer Vincent Van Duysen is an open console that can fulfill many functions, from storage to presentation. Subtle interior lighting highlights the oak and eucalyptus woods used in the construction of the piece, available in four sizes. Molteni.it


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Swarovski

Swarovski X Rosenthal tea set

Swarovski Creative Director Giovanna Engelbert has launched a collaboration with German porcelain house Rosenthal that takes the art of panel cutting to new heights. The Signum collection of tea and espresso sets and vases comes in four colours: aloe green, aegean blue, canary yellow and cyclamen pink. RosenthalUSA-Shop.com, Swarovski.com


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Fendi House

Marcel Wanders Studio chair for Fendi Casa

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders’ firm has reinterpreted Fendi’s pequin stripe pattern with dark brown leather loops wrapping the smoked oak form of the Cloe chair. A velvet seat softens the masculine silhouette of the chair. FendiCasa.com


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Frederick Vercruysse

Table Muller Van Severen x Laila Gohar

Food is meant to be shared, an idea that is incorporated into the playful design of the Pigeon Table, a collaboration between Laila Gohar in New York and Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen of Muller Van Severen, in Evergem, Belgium. Galvanized steel legs meet glossy polyethylene tops: seven surfaces, seven colors, seven opportunities to try something new. MullerVanSeveren.be, LailaGohar.com


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Garnier and Linker

Garnier and Linker furniture

Antique materials mingle with the refinement of a jewel in the lighting and accessories of the Parisian design agency Garnier & Linker, whose Hemera collection includes a cast glass wall lamp and an alabaster pendant lamp. GarnierEtLinker.com


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Front design for Moroso sofa

The Swedish design duo known as Front Design recently thought about nature and how much better we feel to be there. One result: the Pebble Rubble sofa for Moroso, a modular system of soft and cuddly shapes that can be combined endlessly, and covered in colors to imitate a mossy wood, a summer beach or an early snowfall. Moroso.it


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Carlotta Manaigo

Bethan Laura Wood for CC-Tapis Rugs

British designer Bethan Laura Wood is known for her wild ways with colour, but the Covid lockdown has spurred her to return to the relatively restrained practice of pen and ink drawing. Her sketches of succulents on her windowsill have been translated into CC-Tapis’ collection of four Euphorbia rugs, made from handmade Himalayan wool. CC-Tapis.com


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Mattia Balsamini

Philippe Bestenheider for the Billiani side chair

The Swiss designer Philippe Bestenheider sees his Edelweiss chair as a marriage of his masculine and feminine sides, rigor and fluidity brought together in a solid wood design produced in the Italian workshop Billiani. Billiani.it


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Courtesy of Nanimarquina

Jaime Hayon rug for Nanimarquina

Hand-tufted in India from 100% New Zealand wool, this whimsical rug depicts imaginary beasts straight from the imagination of Valencia-based Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon, who transferred the motif from one of his paintings. Nanimarquina.com


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Courtesy of Louis Vuitton. Photographer Tommaso Sartori.

Louis Vuitton Belt Chair by Atelier Oï

This year, Louis Vuitton celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Objets Nomades collection, an extensive series of design collaborations. One of the original partners, Swiss studio Atelier Oï, riffed on its classic Belt chair, made with straps and buckles reminiscent of the house’s luggage. The extended Belt family now includes a lounge chair, bar stool and side stool. US.LouisVuitton.com


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courtesy of Ginori 1735

Candles Luke Edward Hall for Ginori 1735

Inspired by five of his favorite travel destinations, British artist and designer Luke Edward Hall worked with Ginori 1735 to create Profumi Luchino, a line of scented candles to match each: the Cotswolds, Marrakech, Rajasthan, Big Sur and Venice. The hand-decorated porcelain vessels each have a matching plate, tray and accessory, the last being a “souvenir” of the olfactory journey that scents provide. Ginori1735.com


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Photo by Luca Rotondo

Massimiliano Locatelli Editions Glass Tables and Stools

Infinitely recyclable, glass and aluminum are construction materials with untapped potential, as Italian architect Massimiliano Locatelli believes, whose Al13 tables and stools make the most of these two elements. Locatelli starts with metal window frames, transforming them with stacked glass into pieces of furniture that are, he says, “precious, unusual and at the same time simple”. LocatelliPartners.com


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Matthew Hilton for SCP

Matthew Hilton for the SCP recliner

Can a recliner be both comfortable and cool? Absolutely yes, according to British designer Matthew Hilton, whose Ewelina power chair for SCP has a gently curved back and graceful, rounded arms that hide all the laborious mechanics. SCP.co.uk


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Tooy Nastro

Studiopepe lighting system for Tooy

The inventive Milanese design team at Studiopepe have expanded their Nastro collection into a modular lighting system that can snake along walls or hang in the air, featuring two light sources: cylindrical cans and webbing-like panels. . Tooy.it


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Andrea Ferrari

Mario Bellini sofa for Tacchini

A classic of the lounge culture of the 70s, Mario Bellini’s Le Mura sofa gets a makeover for its 50th anniversary. Inspired by the walls that surround ancient cities, the low modular design is reissued with high performance foam and memory foam and new buckles and hinges, all the work of Italian furniture manufacturer Tacchini. Tacchini.it


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Rebecca Reid

Lara Bohinc Chair Behind

With a keen sense of humor and a keen eye for trends, Lara Bohinc designed the Derrière chair to celebrate the voluptuous female form. A wood and steel frame underpins generous foam padding and soft woolen stuffing, resulting in a piece that’s all sensual, with no “straight lines or sharp angles in sight,” says Bohinc. BohincStudio.com

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