Wow, just back from visiting the 57th Salone del Mobile we witnessed huge crowds and business optimism. Milan was invaded with over 500,000 people for a week that sets itself apart as the key event in the international furniture and design scene.
It was a true celebration of ‘Made in Italy’ and we are excited to share with you the highlights from our exclusive brands.
Flexform : Leda
Designed by Antonio Citterio
Exemplary of how the company, in an age of standardized production, maintains its deep ties with artisan craftsmanship is this family of chairs neatly balanced between tradition and modernity. The wood base is distinguished by a motif that echoes the tradition of Scandinavian design with a blend of elegance and rationality. Grafted into the base is the soft, padded shell of the seat. This enveloping shell is made of a special polymer that offers superior structural properties and the kind of softness that ensures the utmost in comfort.
Kettal : Vimini
Designed by Patricia Urquiola
The Vimini collection came about following a conversation we had about Nanna Ditzel and her Basket chair; apart from both being designed by women, we have much in common.
We called it Vimini because it means wicker in Italian and it sounds like Bimini, an island I like. We used just the right amount of outdoor wicker with a rougher wooden frame. It doesn't have the same modernist spirit as the Basket but it's familiar enough that, when you get close, it stirs a memory and makes you feel at home. That's what it was, more or less—an object of memory.
Poliform : Sophie
Designed by Emmanuel Gallina
Following the famous Grace, we introduce its sister, Sophie. Although its elegant silhouette reminds us of the shapes of Grace, Sophie, designed by Emmanuel Gallina, offers a seat boasting enveloping proportions and generous dimensions. The detail of the armrest design gently emphasises the welcoming concept, in contrast with the slim outline of the frame.
Designed by Knoll
In addition to the Newson Aluminum Chair, Knoll introduces collections designed by Piero Lissoni that establish a perfect dialogue with the architect’s existing work for Knoll. This year Lissoni has designed KN Collection by Knoll, a family of armchairs. The collection features a range of materials that set every creation apart, underlining the sophisticated spirit that looks to the future, while at the same time paying tribute to designs of the past: accents to scatter freely in residential spaces, but also versatile solutions for high performance workplaces and luxury interiors.