Salone del Mobile 2019
Creative crowds swarmed to Milan Design Week (9-14 April) to experience a week loaded with pioneering projects, revolutionary collaborations and buzzing soirées. Aside from launches at anchor event Salone del Mobile, in town, satellite locations grew increasingly curious – from former factories to royal residences. During the week, team Wallpaper* trawled the streets to uncover the trailblazing exhibitions and releases, bringing you the live highlights as they happened...
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It’s the third collaboration between the Roman fashion house and architect and interior designer Cristina Celestino. Their latest partnership ‘Back Home’ offers a high end take on home comforts: a series of furniture pieces produced by the Luxury Living Group, emblazoned with the brand’s signature ‘Pequin’ striped motif. The black and tobacco striped emblem was first seen with the launch of Fendi Casa in 1987. The ‘Back Home’ collection is showcased with a bourgeoise 1970’s house setup, divided into 5 environments – Terrace, Entrance, Waiting Room, Dressing Room and Living, and includes a lamp, hand-woven carpet, cufflink-inspired mirrors and upholstered sofas, in materials including marbles and onyxes, metallic surfaces and surprising colour combinations. The right stripes indeed!
10-13 April; via a Solari 35
It’s the 58th edition of the forever expanding showcase at the Rho fairground. Biennial lighting section Euroluce returns for 2019 and highlights include a geometric lamp by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson for Louis Poulsen and the 15th version of Michael Anastassiades’ signature mobile light ‘MC15’ (pictured). The fair is also celebrating a new S-Project section that will house 66 multifaceted design brands, and as always Satellite stages a platform for rising stars. ©Michael Anastassiades
9-14 April; Fiera Milano, Rho 20017
Hermès La Pelota
The Parisian maison is renowned for its expertise in fabrication, and La Pelota, it’s latest collection of homeware, places focus on materiality. In a space designed by interior designer and co-artistic director of Hermès Maison, Charlotte Macaux Perelman, the new objects are presented, including lighting, textiles and furniture, in a diverse and luxurious range of materials.
9-14 April; Via Palermo 10
Multifaceted exhibition Alcova expands into two locations for its second edition; one inside an abandoned light-loving panettone factory, and a new destination: a 1930s former cashmere factory in Isola (Alcova Sassetti). Spearheaded by Space Caviar, Studio Vedèt and Alice Stori Liechtenstein, their strong lineup includes Formafantasma, Lambert & Fils, Supaform and Atelier Aveus (pictured) and many more.
9-14 April; Via Popoli Uniti, 11; via Venini 85; via Filippo Sassetti 31 (Alcova Sassetti)
No Man’s Land by Raf Simons and Kvadrat
It has been five years since Danish textile stalwarts first collaborated with Raf Simons on a range of textiles which has spanned upholstery fabrics to throws and blankets. Now on its sixth collection, the evolution of its existence is coming to Garage 21 where Simons will explore the ‘microarchitecture of the textiles and yarns.’ Titled ‘No Man’s Land,’ the exhibition will include culinary treats from London‘s Rochelle Canteen.
9-14 April, Via Archimede 26
Spearheading craft at Salone del Mobile since 2015, Loewe return this year with a focus on basketry. The fashion brand put leather in the hands of 11 international craftspeople to realise a series of exclusive baskets, traditionally made in bamboo, cane, straw or rattan. The limited edition works will be joined by a range of bags, accessories and charms made by Spanish artisans that compliment the eloquent techniques and mastery used for the baskets.
9-14 April; Via Montenapoleone, 21
Marni Moon Walk
The Italian label has gone sky high with an installation-come-interstellar universe. The brand frequently collaborate with a host of Colombian artisans, and for its latest showcase, these craftspeople have created colourful and eccentric furnishings, including wool and natural fibre rugs, blown glass bottles, new petite sofas, rocking chairs and chaise longues. For that outer space élan, Marni also presents spaceship-inspired lamps and stools in wood and leather that evoke tribal totems. Expect a real Milan meets Mars mash up.
11-14 April; Viale Umbria 42
Paul Smith + 1882 Ltd.
The British fashion designer was drawn in by the craft and skills of fifth generation ceramics brand 1882 Ltd for ‘Stack.’ On display at the Paul Smith boutique, the Nottingham-born designer applies some of his humour to the collection. ‘The decision to collaborate with 1882 Ltd. was a very instinctive one,’ says Smith. ‘They are a highly experienced, fifth generation family business who know their field very well.’
9-14 April; Via Alessandro Manzoni ,30
LA Noir Atelier de Troupe
The allure of 1970s Neo-noir Hollywood is the theme of LA-based design studio Atelier de Troupe’s show. Set against the Baroque backdrop of Palazzo Litta, the exhibition sees founder Grabiel Abraham utilise his former career in set design to create a ‘nostalgic cocktail’ for the new 2019 collection to shine within.
9-14 April; Corso Magenta, 24; atelierdetroupe.com
Les Arcanistes by Studiopepe
The dynamic female duo will offer visitors a slice of mystery with a conceptual world of alchemy. Set inside a previously unseen space that was once a gold manufacturer in the 1900s, the showcase investigates the ‘strong interconnection between matter and the archetypal power of symbols’ and will include bespoke products, re-editions and an imaginative use of material. Image: © Studiopepe
10-14 April; Via Garofalo, 24; www.studiopepe.info
Arthur Mamou-Mani for COS
For its annual creative collaboration, London-based fashion brand COS taps French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani for a digitally fabricated installation. Using open-source parametric design software, he will form a pavilion made from bio-plastic, also highlighting the possibilities of renewable materials. Read more here
9-14 April; Palazzo Isimbardi, Corso Monforte, 35
The Art Side of Kartell
In celebration of its 70th anniversary, Italian furniture brand Kartell narrates its seven decades of design inside a 19th-century royal residence. Here it will uncover the artful universe of the brand – expect to see archive material, paintings, installations, performances, new commissions and more. Pictured: Dipinto la Sedia, by Emilio Tadini, La Sedia, 1997.
10 April - 12 May; Appartamento dei Principi in Palazzo Reale, Via Palazzo Reale
Wallpaper* Handmade X
Our tenth anniversary of Wallpaper* Handmade is a celebration of love in its infinite variety. Marrying the brightest and best designers, artists and architects with the finest craftsmen, makers and manufacturers, from Elmgreen and Dragset and Georg Jensen, to Paul Smith and Mercian. Read more here
10-13 April; Salone dei Tessuti, via San Gregorio 29
Raytrace by Benjamin Hubert and Cosentino
Founder of Layer design agency Benjamin Hubert gets his hands on Cosentino’s ultra-compact surface Dekton for an architectural and immersive installation. Set to be unveiled inside one of vaulted warehouses at Ventura Centrale, the 24 metre-long structure explores the strength, power and boundless possibilities of the technical material.
9-14 April; Ventura Centrale, Via Ferrante, Aporti 27
The Manzoni by Tom Dixon
After a year interval from the show, the British designer storms back with a permanent restaurant and showroom. Soft launching during design week, The Manzoni is a 100-cover restaurant, but will also be an exhibition space for the new range – offering a guests a much-needed place to re-energise and refuel.
9-14 April; Via Manzoni, 5
The myriad features and expressions of the female form inspire British designer Faye Toogood for ‘Muse’, a new wallpaper design for New York-based Calico Wallpaper. The hand-painted prints will be joined by ‘Still / Life’, a similarly crafted and sensorial exhibition in the room opposite that includes work by Mud Australia and new lighting by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.
9-14 April; Via Pietro Maroncelli, 7
In addition to its usual stomping ground of Brera, Dimorestudio takes to the former Cinema Arti for the first time to launch Dimoremilano ‘Interstellar’ – a new flurry of furnishings, lights, objects and fabrics. Next door, the duo will also pay tribute to the historic trunks of French malletier Au Départ by reframing these in an installation that exudes their idiosyncratic charm and style.
9-14 April; Via Pietro Mascagni, 8; www.dimorestudio.eu
Nina Yashar’s two treasure troves reveal many riveting displays this year, including ‘Far’ at Nilufar Depot, an experimental exhibition featuring works by Bram Vanderbeke, Odd Matter and Alberto Vitelio. Over at Nilufar Gallery, ‘Piano Nobile’ opens as a collaboration between Michael Anastassiades, Martino Gamper, Brigitte Niedermair and Dedar, while a project by Bethan Laura Wood, India Mahdavi’s second private members space, and new contemporary projects will be on view also. Pictured: Nilufar Gallery’s 2018 showcase of Lino Bo Bardi furniture.
9-14 April; Via della Spiga, 32 (Nilufar Gallery); Viale Vincenzo Lancetti, 34 (Nilufar Depot)
A Life Extraordinary by Moooi
The Netherlands-based brand moves away from its Tortona spot to break new ground in Brera this year. Inside Mediateca Santa Teresa, Moooi invites guest to experience its encompassing world that is both fantastical and whimsical, and includes new works by Marcel Wanders and Kranen/Gille.
9-14 April; Mediateca Santa Teresa, Via della Moscova, 28
Behind The Scenes by Stellar Works
Stellar Works channels drama this year in a joint project with Agapecasa at Galleria Manzoni. Taking cues from the history of nearby 1950s Teatro Manzoni, creative directors Neri + Hu will form different sets that feature new collections by Tom Fereday and Lane Crawford, Space Copenhagen, Yabu Pushelberg and OEO Studio.
9-14 April; Via Alessandro Manzoni, 42
Always a Tortona district highlight, Norwegian Presence this year has a firm focus on sustainability. Curated by Norwegian-Italian duo Kråkvik&D’Orazio, the show includes a plethora of crafted sculptures and furniture by Nordic designers including Kim Thomé, Henrik Ødegaard and Marte Frøystad, and manufacturers like Elementa, Vestre and Fjordfiesta. Photography: Trine Hisdal
9-14 April; Via Savona, 35
Connections by Espasso
For its Milan Design Week debut, the UK and US-based Brazilian furniture purveyor will provide visitors with a glimpse of its collections in a tightly curated edit that spans 20th-century to contemporary designs. The old-meets-new exhibition will be illuminated by British brand Tala. Pictured ‘Esfera’ lounge chair by Ricardo Fasanello distributed by Espasso and porcelain range by Tala. Image courtesy of Tala. Read more here,
9-14 April; Corso Garibaldi, 117
A Space for Being by Google
Following its Salone del Mobile debut last year, Google returns with another investigative installation. The multi-room experience will explore neuroaesthetics, and how design effects our lives. The presentation will come to life inside Spazio Maiocchi in collaboration with Danish design studio Muuto, Reddymade Architecture and International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University.
9-14 April; Via Achille Maiocchi, 7
Hidden Rooms by Salvatori
The universe of Salvatori’s natural stones will be transformed into a ‘chamber of optical illusions’ inside the brand’s Brera showroom. Unveiling new works by John Pawson, Piero Lissoni and Elisa Ossino, visitors are invited to travel through hidden rooms to unearth stories behind these pieces. Image: Federico Babina
9-14 April; Via Solferino, 11
Perfect Darkness by H+O
Opening in the bustle of the Brera Design District is H+O’s apartment of tranquility and balance. Creating the calming ambience of home using colour and tiling, the installation, realised by Elisa Ossino Studio will feature the work of 11 design studios including Frama, Astep, Stine Goya and Tubes.
9-14 April; Via Solferino, 11, 3. floor
Max Table by Hem
A hefty three metre table by Max Lamb will be the centrepiece of the Hem Gallery and Garden. The Douglas fir sculpture by the British designer will be joined by a new range of ceramics created in collaboration with Modern Design Review, a first for the Swedish brand.
9-14 April; Corso Garibaldi, 117
André Fu Living
The architect and designer turns to his travels and childhood for a new lifestyle collection, Modern Reflections. Imbued with spirit of differing cultures, the range of furniture, porcelain, lighting and textiles will be installed in a display that takes its cues from the architectural geometry of monument The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.
9-14 April; Via San Damiano, 2