The Salone del Mobile has swung into action once more. Designers, architects, makers and buyers have descended on Milan from all corners of the globe for what is indisputably the world's best furniture fair. With the doors to the Fiera now open, the city itself has also been transformed into a shining vessel for all that's new in design, with almost every urban inch turned into exhibition space for the duration of the Salone (9 to 14 April). Here, we bring you the highlights as they happen.


Salone del Mobile: in pictures


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Kartell's installation at the fair was a riff on the storefronts of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. Each 'boutique' was dedicated to a designer and their latest offerings for 2013

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From left: Glassware by Christophe Pillet for Kartell; a shelving unit by Nendo for Kartell

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Ludovica + Roberta Palomba's plastic bathroom shelving system for Kartell

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ToiletPaper magazine teamed up with Seletti to create a collection of plates, cups and tablecloths featuring some of the eccentric imagery from the magazine; the pieces are on show at Spazio Rossana Orlandi and also available to purchase from the gallery's shop

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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The eclectic collection features everything from a mug decorated with a kitchen plunger or a plate dotted with motifs like a rearing horse and severed fingers

Photography: Pierpaolo Ferrari

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'We often have fun turning our pictures into objects, clothes and accessories,' says Ferrari (a regular contributor to Wallpaper*), adding, 'ToiletPaper's images can become both a bathing suit and a Formula 1 car. The important thing is not to betray the pop spirit and nature of the magazine, which is ironic and unsettling at the same time.' To see more from ToiletPaper, pick up a copy of our Milan Preview issue out now

Photography: Pierpaolo Ferrari

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'Reflector' and 'Gradient' table lamps by Studio WM at Ventura Lambrate

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Circular' lamps by Studio WM at Ventura Lambrate

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Troche' side tables by Studio WM at Ventura Lambrate

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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The 'A45' bathroom washbasin was Boffi's only new 2013 product launch at Salone. Designed by Bulgaria-born but Milan-based Victor Vasilev, the Cristalplant basin gets its name from its distinctive 45 degree angle, and comes with an optional moveable shelf unit for storage that can also hide drainage. Vasilev was also the brains behind Boffi's popular 'CT Line' shelving system, launched last year

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Agape's presentation for this year's fair, in their Brera concept store (Agape12). Here, new pieces in the collection were framed in a cinematic context, with clips from cult films projected onto furniture around the shop. In the foreground of this picture are tables and chairs by Agape partner BassamFellows

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Double bed from the Benedini Collection by Benedini & Partners at Agape

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Spoke' table by BassamFellows at Agape

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Marble Box' by Muller van Severen for Valerie Traan Gallery at Ventura Lambrate

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Stool by Alberto Fabbian at Ventura Lambrate

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'PlusMinus' stool by Alberto Fabbian in collaboration with Antoniazzi & Piovesana and Navarini Rame

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The Revolving Room installation by Patricia Urquiola for Kvadrat and Moroso

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The Revolving Room installation by Patricia Urquiola for Kvadrat and Moroso

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‘Orotund’ by Marc Newson for Flos

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‘Lit’ by Rodolofo Dordoni for Flos

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‘String’ lights by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

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‘Findme’ by Jorge Ferrera for Flos

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Michele de Lucchi worked with E' De Padova for the first time on an ash and straw chair called 'Donzella'

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Milan-based Massimiliano Locatelli's polished bronze and wood table at Nilufar Gallery

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New candy colours for B&B Italia's now classic Barber Osgerby table and Fukasawa chairs

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A screen by Lorenz Katz for Milan-based Cole design

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The 'Feather' table by Pietro Russo at the Juice exhibit

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Alberto Biagetti's exhibit at Galleria Riccardo Crespi included totemic iron lamps as well as paintings by his opera singing partner Laura Baldessari

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Lights by Michael Anastassiades

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Atelier 's 'Hive' is composed of woven pieces of leather made from repurposed scraps at the B&B Italia factory

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Designer Hella Jongerius has lent her colour prowess to Vitra once more, prompting new colour ways for existing pieces – such as Jean Prouve’s ‘Standard’ chair – as well as the launch of her ‘Daylight Wheel’ (pictured), which shows how colours change throughout the day

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‘Oursin’ pouffes by Hella Jongerius for Vitra

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A selection of Zucchetti/Kos faucets shown in a presentation designed by Diego Grandi

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A 1956 Ercol couch gets revamped with a new textile by Timorous Beasties

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Foscarini's brand new showroom on via Fiori Chiari featured an installation by Attilio Stocchi...

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...alongside iconic lamps from the brand

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Nacho Carbonell's new 'Memoralia Edition' chair at Rossana Orlandi's exhibit at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

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Large scale needlepoint works by Frederique Morrel on show at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

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Discipline's pop up shop at its exhibition space on via Mascagni

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'Clip' coat holder by Nendo for Discipline

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'Slice' stationary holder by James Irvine

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'Clip' side table by Nendo for Discipline

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The 'Palladiana' chest of drawers is a re-edition of two iconic Piero Fornesetti pieces: the yellow side is from the 1950s while its other crisp white half is from this year

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Azucena's new showroom on via Manzoni features an installation by Dimore Studio

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Artek has revived a series of chairs by Ilmari Tapiovaara – one of the lesser-known stars of mid-century design – from the 1950s. The collection is called ‘Lukki’ (or ‘daddy longlegs’)

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‘SB14 Nota’ desk by Elizabeth Lux for e15

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Tables from Wonmin Park's 'Haze' series at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Hain' by RaR for Thomas Eyck at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

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Thomas Eyck commissioned Dick van Hoff of Vanhoffontwerpen to design a series of leather products, including a brief case, firewood bag and a chair (pictured), all being exhibited at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Leather daybed by Vanhoffontwerpen at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Mass-Produced Individualism' by Iina Vuorivirta for the 'Design Anima' exhibition by Konstfack, hosted at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Milan-based architect Nicola Quadri gathered an eclectic collection of discarded containers, crates and vintage boxes for his exhibition in Mari&Co, Marinella Rossi's catering and event space in Milan

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A former dealer of Scandinavian design, Quadri continues to scour markets across Europe for discarded objects like these wooden crates paired with ceramic eggs

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Straw boxes complemented the many wooden nest light sculptures that Quadri commissioned from Brescia-based Marilena Capuzzi, Paola Fieschi, and Elena Mazzolari

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Industrial iron containers from the early 20th century

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These vintage cataloguing boxes are over a century old

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Custom-made black spaghetti at Nicola Quadri's exhibition

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'Anura' by Aldo Bakker on show at Ventura Lambrate. This design was initially conceived for Wallpaper* Handmade in collaboration with leather manufacturer Santiago Gonzalez but now he is showing it in its pure, unupholstered form

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Fume' by Aldo Bakker, at Ventura Lambrate, is inspired by church furniture

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Three Pair' by Aldo Bakker is composed of three perfectly interlocking forms that balance upon each other without moving

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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‘Teso’ table by Foster + Partners for Molteni & C

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‘Allure’ by Matteo Nunziati for Molteni & C

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‘Nature’ bed by Molteni & C

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‘Z-shelf’ by Ron Arad for Moroso

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‘Cradle’ tables by Benjamin Hubert for Moroso
 

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‘Burnt Doodle’ table by Front for Moroso

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'Stone Garden' installation by Nendo for Caesarstone at Palazzo Crivelli

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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The installation is a versatile arrangement of one-legged tables that hold each other up by overlapping

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Stone-edge Table' by Nendo for Caesarstone

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'T 904' by Gastone Rinaldi for Poltrona Frau

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'Letizia' by Gastone Rinaldi for Poltrona Frau

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'GranTorino' by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poltrono Frau

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'Candy Shelf' by Sylvain Willenz for Cappellini

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'Acciao Lounge' by Max Lipsey for Cappellini

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Cassina launched Philippe Starck's 'MyWorld' lounge system at the fair this year

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‘Chair M100’ by Ruizsolar at SaloneSatellite

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‘Gadget’ system by Morten & Jonas, on show at SaloneSatellite

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‘Rayn’, a modular outdoor system by Philippe Starck for Dedon

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'Lounge of layers' by Katrin Greiling for Droog

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Hardworking series' by Studio Droog

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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The newly reopened Rijksmuseum presented new designs based on Rijksstudio in collaboration with Studio Droog and deJongeKalff. The collection, which was shown at Droog's space on via San Gregorio (pictured), is an update of century old works using contemporary techniques and materials

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From left: 'Rubber tablecloth' by deJongeKalff; and 'Tasting glasses' by Studio Droog

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'Forgotten tools' by Studio Droog

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French brand La Chance has returned to the Salone del Mobile for its second year, bringing with it new furniture and objects by the likes of Sebastian Herkner, Nathalie du Pasquier and Guillaume Delvigne, including...

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Salute' tables by Sebastian Herkner

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Earhart' bench by Luca Nichetto

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Nathalie du Pasquier's new 'France' rug is shown alongside pieces from the 2012 collection, including the 'Magnum' table by Pierre Favresse and 'Tembo' stool by Note Design Studio

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Tom Dixon's 'Mass' dining table is chunky yet minimal

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Like the table, the monumental 'Mass' book stand and coat stand are clad in copper

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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The 'Gem' collection by Tom Dixon is a small but fully fledged furniture and lighting collection, include these pendants, as well as tables and mirrors

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Inspired by the facets of a semi precious gem, the sandcasted pieces have a rough finish

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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The 'Screw' table by Tom Dixon comes with various options for base and top

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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The table top options for the 'Screw' table

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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New variations on the 'Fan' chair by Tom Dixon

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Thalie' dish, fruit bowl and bread basket by Julie Richoz, who is undertaking her Bachelor of Industrial Design at ECAL

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Steak Knife' by John Pawson at When Objects Work

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Cowrie' chair by new brand Made In Ratio at Zonca & Zonca Gallery. See our May issue for more about Made in Ratio

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Filigree' table by Rodolfo Dordoni for Molteni & C

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Geta Credenza' by Arik Levy for Modus at Design Junction

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Paravento 055' screen by Dimorestudio

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Consolle 058' by Dimorestudio

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Steelwood Galva' by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at Magis

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Construction Lamps' by Joost van Bleiswijk for Moooi. The Dutch brand is showing it's biggest Salone del Mobile presentation to date on Via Savona. The vast exhibition space is divided into room sets backed by photographs by Erwin Olaf

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Farooo' lamps by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Labyrinth' chair by Studio Job for Moooi

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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The 'Common Comrades' collection by Neri & Hu for Moooi

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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The Moooi presentation on Via Savona

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Ascent' lights by Daniel Rybakken for Luceplan, presented at Euroluce

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Designers Luca Nichetto and Oki Sato of Nendo have pooled their creativity to conjure up a joint collection under the title 'Nichetto=Nendo' at Foro Buonaparte 48. The collaboration was inspired by a creative process in Japanese culture whereby one person composes the first three lines (kami no ku) of a short poem known as a tanka, then sends them to a second person to complete the final two sentences (shimo no ku). The co-designed pieces include these 'N=N/02 wedge of matter' candleholders

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For the 'N=N/05 bridges for islands' sofa, Nendo proposed an archipelago-inspired sofa, whose components Nichetto connected by 'narrow bridges' that echo those connecting the islands of Venice

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The 'N=N/01 shelves in a comic' began life in Nendo's hands a series of tiny shelves amassed together, between which there would be 'tiny and tantalizing spaces just waiting for something to be places on them'. Nichetto proposed giving them a flexible silhouette reminiscent of a speech bubble

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The new Adidas by Tom Dixon collection is being launched amid the steam trains at Milan's Museum of Science and Technology. For his venture into fashion, the designer has signed a two year deal with the sportswear brand that will see him create four collections

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Dixon has designed a series of bags, each holding a complete kit for a week's stay in Milan. Here are the contents, laid out on a Dixon-designed stretcher

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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This unisex boiler suit can be unzipped and reconfigured to create multiple outfits

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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A sleeping bag-cum-coat by Tom Dixon for Adidas

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Full Moon Lamp' by Nika Zupanc for Sé, on show at Spazio Rosanna Orlandi

 

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'Jar RGB' by Arik Levy for Lasvit. The Czech glassmaker is presenting pieces from its new 'Lasvit Constellation' collection

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Nodule', a lighting installation by Ross Lovegrove for Lasvit

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Patchwork' by Nendo for Lasvit

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Homune' table by Michael Young for Lasvit

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'Plisse Cloud' by Maurizio Galante for Lasvit

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Mirrors by Zaven for Secondome Edizioni

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'Cross Pendant' by New Zealand lighting designers Resident at their space in MOST

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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 'Hex Pendant' by Resident

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'SW Daybed' by OeO for Stellar Works has received an upholstery update, featuring a contemporary take on a Bauhaus print

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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'SW Three-seater Sofa' by OeO at Stellar Works

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss

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Depending on which way up you place them, 'Blu', by Norwegian design duo Domaas/Høgh at SaloneSatellite, can be used as a candleholder or a vase

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A central rotating switch turns Caroline Olsson's blown glass wall lamps on and off

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Slide open the 'Pencil Light' by Caroline Olsson to reveal a handy desk light and pencil pot

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Inspired by the traditional Chinese medicine cabinet, and based on the Golden ratio, the 'Fibonacci Cabinets' by design studio Utopia are made from bamboo

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Olga Bielawska's 'Sirens Floating' table lamps are made from copper and hand blown glass

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Light shines out through the layers of this wall lamp by Jussi Takkinen

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Playful, acorn-shaped pendant lights by Helsinki-based designer Maija Puoskari

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Rui Alves' side table features a built in shelf for storing magazines and papers

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The convex glass lids of Thomas Jenkins' desk containers magnify the contents, to make finding small items such as keys and coins easier

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These brass and copper vessels by Finnish designer Matti Syrjä feature finnish birch bark lids

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Also by Matti Syrjä is a collection of mirrors and LED lamps

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The LED bars of Korean designer Taewoo Kim's 'Asterix' table lamps can be rotated to create different intensities of light

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The textured doors of the 'Mr Quin' cabinet by Studio Baag have been sculpted to create a curved effect

Kartell's installation at the fair was a riff on the storefronts of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. Each 'boutique' was dedicated to a designer and their latest offerings for 2013