Salone del Mobile, Milan 2017 (posted 14th April 2017)
As you’ve most probably seen, Salone del Mobile took place in Milan from 4 – 7 April and Suna Interior Design sent a team of our specification interior designers to explore the miles and miles of products on display. They averaged 32,000 steps a day, so it’s safe to say that they saw everything that there was to see. We asked each of them to pick their highlights to give you a little taste of Milan
Joanne, Interior Designer
The basic components of Davide Groppi’s designs is to incorporate simplicity with regards to lighting. I was drawn to the idea that simple strips of LED were mounted into frames making it a piece of art, or illuminating any artwork framed within the borders.
I was captivated by the idea of the wall luminaire projecting onto hanging structures which varied from coloured glass/steel numbers/shapes highlighting the movement, colour and shadow projected/reflected on the wall on Vesoi Lighting’s stand.
I love pendant lights with exposed light bulbs but thought these Giopato Coombes pendants show a different approach to pushing the boundaries of industrial processes – more sculptured with a less-is-more approach.
I loved Karman’s showroom – using everyday objects and adding lighting source creates a simple but effective display.
When walking around the exhibit I noticed an occurring theme of monkeys which was depicted in lighting/wallpaper. These funky monkeys have been hanging out since the last Chinese New Year and they don't seem to be swinging off our walls anytime soon!
Elpitha, Interior Designer
I was really excited about how raw and industrial materials can be really impactful, like the pile-foundation caging which has been used as the edge of this stand.
A concrete like effect wallpaper, with a lovely subtle pattern seeping through which, again is such a raw yet effective design.
A ceiling mounted feature pendant light, with interlocking shapes which I think are really stylish.
Eye-catching 3D effect, high gloss nest tables, which I think really stand out.
Steven, Lead Interior Designer
One my absolute favourite lights at the show – this sort of design would be great in hotel/communal apartment corridors and allow us to make a feature of the ceiling lights (which in itself is quite unusual!) whilst also providing a cool solution for lights at the door – win-win!
I adored this stand! The concrete curtaining effect was used throughout the stand and was definitely a stand out feature. This could be a striking in the right design.
What’s not to love!? It was so striking in the flesh and definitely made you stop and look as you walked past. We could definitely have a lot of fun with this technology.
There were a lot of tables dressed in this fashion and in the flesh it was really striking.
There was a lot of grey with jungle green in Milan, so it was really refreshing when you came across pops of colour. This was in a very cool little furniture shop in town and definitely appealed to my slightly unhealthy obsession with bold pops of colour!
We spent some time pouring through all of the photos Joanne, Elpitha and Steven took, suffice to say we’ve been inspired and are eager to put what we’ve seen into action! Here’s a glimpse into what else was taking place in Milan.
Have a great long weekend and Happy Easter,