Something of a heavyweight in the design world, Christophe Pillet has produced highlights at as many Salones as we can remember. After working with Philippe Starck in Paris, he embarked under the banner of his own name in 1993 and has since designed for a vast range of well known names and brands from Cappellini to Whirlpool, Catherine Malandrino to LâOreal. His work is characterised by an overriding simplicity of design with clean lines and clear concepts. 'I aim for a design language that makes sense and fits with the objects that surround us,' says Pillet. Blow is a new seating project for Ycami (Hall 12, stand D14) to be previewed at this year's Salone that perfectly reflects his principles of design. 'Comfort usually involves a lot of different elements but with Blow I wanted to keep the design as basic a possible, whilst maintaining a high level of comfort, hence it is simply an embossed metal sheet, filled with foam and covered with leather.'
What else are you presenting at this year's Salone del Mobile?
Another armchair for Zanotta, a stool for Driade, a bed for Ceccotti, and some easy chairs for a small design company called Fraj.
How many years have you been attending the Salone?
The first time was 1985, so for almost 20 years. It was much smaller then, so was a bit more niche I suppose. Now itâs this much more complex machine, and consequently more difficult to keep up with everyone. Other than that it hasn't changed too much: you see the same people at the same places, drinking the same cocktails, talking about the same thing â just with greyer hair.
What are you most looking forward to about being in Milan this year?
I'm looking forward to seeing friends that I don't have the opportunity to meet during the year, friends from all over the world. Milan is not really important to me anymore from a business point of view. It's more of a party, these days.
What are you dreading, if anything, about the event?
I have fewer expectations from it now so I'm not really dreading anything. I'm just hoping for nice weather and longer parties.