Salone del Mobile 2015

The race is on and the international design crowd has descended upon Milan for the world’s most important furniture fair, Salone del Mobile. From the Rho fairgrounds to the urban exhibition spaces, majestic palazzos and luxury fashion shop windows, we scoured it all to uncover the best that the design world has to offer for 2015. 


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  • Rossana Orlandi

    When needing a break from the bustle of town, we all head to Rossana Orlandi’s courtyard escape in Via Matteo Bandello. This year she is inviting a roster of new international talents, including a cross-Atlantic collaboration between Amsterdam based designers BCXSY and Brooklyn’s bespoke wallpaper designers Calico. Their collection of wallpapers, Inverted Spaces, digitally composes artwork inspired by NASA imagery. Gufram and Stellar Works will also make their Orlandi debut alongside last year’s favourite Scholten & Baijings, the design duo are creative directors of new porcelain brand 2016/, a new porcelain brand which is promoting skills of Arita, Japan’s potteries.

    14-19 April; Via Matteo Bandello, 14-16;

    Pictured: Inverted spaces, BCXSY x Calico Wallpaper

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  • Table dressing by Brioni and Lobmeyr

    Wallpaper* returns to the Brioni Milanese Courtyard, the site that saw the birth of the inaugural Handmade in 2010. We worked with Brioni Creative Director Brendan Mullane, starting from the Viennese inspiration that guided his Fall/Winter 2015 collection and developing an installation that celebrates tailoring and tableware at their finest. Working with the illustrious Austrian glass-makers at Lobmeyr, a glass city will be erected for our petite figurines, each dressed in miniature replicas of Brioni’s latest tailoring. Tabledressing: A special celebration of fine tableware by Brioni and Lobmeyr, with perfectly petite special guests, created for Wallpaper* Handmade

    14-19 April; Via Gesù 2A;

    Pictured: Lobmeyr candy jar. Photography: Antonio Camera

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  • Nola by Studio Drift and Buhtiq31

    Studio Drift’s poetic installations are known for their ability to create a dialogue with awe-inspiring effect; nature and technology, knowledge and intuition, science fiction and poetry. Their latest project is no exception. Part of Vesna and Jovan Jelovan’s ‘Brand New World Milano’, which champions new concepts between designers, makers and entrepreneurs, Nola will create a landscape of light. Made in collaboration with Dutch label Buhtiq31, this sea of light will glow through the emptiness of bell jars, each mouth-blown in pink, blue, yellow or green tinted glass. Each Nola (’bell’ in Latin) can be individually programmed to create endless colour variations.

    14-17 April; Via Zarotto 1, San Gregorio;

    Pictured: Nola by Studio Drift for Buhtiq31

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  • Alfredo Häberli for BMW

    BMW is strengthening its commitment to design through a new collaboration with Swiss-Argentine designer Alfredo Häberli, exploring ideas of luxury and contemplating how humans will move and live in the not-too-distant future. This exploration resulted in a futuristic, elusive vessel, which, according to the designer, ‘is not a boat, it’s not a car and it’s not a plane.’ Instead, with its aerodynamic shape and monowheel design, elongated bonnet and tall tail fin, its design takes cues from a variety of sources: a BMW limousine, the flying cars featured in the movie The Fifth Element, racing cars from the past and present, flying objects, motorbikes and hyper-performance sailboats. Displayed alongside the designer’s extensive visual research, sketches and ideas on the future, the project is a striking visual development of BMW’s ‘Poetry in Motion’ motto.

    14-19 April; Area Sciesa Tre, Via Amatore Sciesa, 3

    Pictured: ’Spheres: Perspectives in Precision and Poetry for BMW designed by Alfredo Häberli’

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  • Restart

    The craze for Carlo Mollino has no intention of abiding, not the least at Restart, where Milan-based designer Maurizio Navone has created a new collection inspired by the Turin-based architect. Starting with Mollino’s love for dramatically curtained walls, Navone has created a similar effect with new Alcantara fabrics, while a selection of past Restart designs will also be shown upholstered in Alcantara. New pieces, including lamps, chairs as well as mirrors with a shelving system have also been inspired by Mollino. Also on show will be Mollino’s famous collection of nude polaroids from the 1960s and 70s, which have been borrowed from Milan-based gallerist Francesca Kauffman.

    14-19 April; Via Santa Marta 10, 5Vie art+design district;

    Pictured: Voyeur mirror by Maurizio Navone

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  • Seletti Piazza Affari

    The Italian brand will continue on with its strong collaborations as part of newly established design district of 5Vie. This year joining forces with Studio Job, they are re-inventing outdoor furniture with a contemporary cast iron range. Taking over the backyard of the traditional 19th century Casa Rossi, the pieces will be symbolic of Studio Job’s aesthetic, with moulded patterned peace signs, teapots, stars and flowers. Presenting also at the Euroluce section of the fair, the brand will have additions to their Cosmic collection in collaboration with Diesel and a new Monkey Lamp by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, which was released at Maison et Objet earlier this year.

    14-19 April 2015; Casa Rossi, Corso Magenta 12;

    Pictured: Studio Job for Seletti

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  • 80!Molteni

    Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Molteni looks back at the manufactory history of Italy, combining its industrial and cultural memory under one spectacular roof. The reins of the exhibition were given to Jasper Morrison, who dissected the Molteni history, presenting it through 44 pieces that range from early design prototypes by young creators to pieces by Aldo Rossi, Tobia Scarpa and Richard Sapper. The furniture will be displayed alongside art collections of local industrialists Carlo Grassi and Giuseppe Vismara with works that range from Lombard painting to pieces by Picasso, Cezanne and Manet. A digital element (both at the show and as a separate website) was curated by Francesca Molteni, and provides further details, images and information on the company’s past and present.

    14 April - 30 June; Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano;

    Pictured: Unifor Aldo Rossi Parigi. Photography: Mario Carrieri

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  • E15

    German furniture brand e15 celebrates its 20th anniversary with a collaboration with British architect David Chipperfield. The result of their union is a family of three, composed by the Fayland table, the Fawley bench and the Langley stool. Originating from Chipperfield’s Fayland house project, a country property he completed in 2013, the collection features a solid wood construction in light and dark European oak with a black-stained option.

    14-18 April; E15 Showroom Via Tortona 34;

    Pictured: The collection, photographed at E15’s Frankfurt warehouse. Photography: Christian Kain

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  • Chelsea Boy by Michael Young and Wonderglass

    The unofficial watering hole of design insiders, Bar Basso is remembering the late and great James Irvine with a new gin and tonic glass designed by Michael Young. The project by Maria Cristina Didero and Maurizio Stoccheto has created Chelsea Boy, a clean and functional Wonderglass tumbler; a memory of the creative designer who left us all too soon. (Irvine passed away in 2013 of pneumonia, aged 54.) This will be a wonderful opportunity to toast Irvine’s brilliance in the city he called home.  

    From 16 April; Bar Basso, Via Plinio, 39, 20129;

    Pictured: ’Chelsea Boy’ by Michael Young

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  • Exercises in Seating by Max Lamb

    Last year the Garage San Remo was anointed with Maarten Baas’ pop circus installation, an event that set fire to the 5Vie District as Milan’s hot new home for design event. This year the same space will be taken over by Max Lamb with a retrospective show. Entitled ’Exercises in Seating,’ the exhibition features every chair the London based designer has ever created, including versions in copper, marble, wood, stone and polyurethane as well as seven new designs made specially for the Salone. In the same vein as his graduate show at the Royal College of Art, the 38 chairs will be configured into a gigantic circle formation inside the garage.

    13-19 April; Spazio Sanremo, Via Zecca Vecchia 3;

    Pictured: Max Lamb sketch of his designs

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  • SodaStream MIX and The Alchemy Lounge

    Yves Béhar and SodaStream are setting the bar at Teatro Versace using the Fuseproject founder’s new carbonating appliance, SodaStream MIX. To celebrate - and savour - the launch, the Swiss design entrepreneur has created The Alchemy Lounge, a futuristic, diamond-shaped pop-up bar, which will take up residence in the iconic hall of mirrors. True to Behar’s design aesthetic, the bar serves a purpose beyond the obvious by allowing guests to oversee 360 degrees of service as MIX devices and laboratory tools create fizzy Campari- and Appleton-based beverages for all.

    14-16 April; Teatro Versace, Piazza Vetra 7;

    Pictured: Alchemy Lounge render by Yves Béhar

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  • Garden of Wonders

    Leave it to Yelena Baturina of Be Open to make an already magical space all the more mystical. The Botanical Garden of Brera will be transformed by Ferruccio Laviani and host eight perfume-themed pavilions, each imagined by highflying designers including the Campana brothers, Nendo and Dimore Studio. Each of the eight-strong design troop will reinterpret a defunct fragrance brand from around the globe, breathing new life into each and giving them a contemporary edge, giving the ephemeral nature of fragrance a lasting experience in the physical realm.

    13 April – 24 May; Orto Botanico, Via Brera, 28;

    Pictured: Dimore Studio render of their Bertelli pavilion

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  • Nilufar Depot

    Nina Yashar is without question one of Milan’s top design dealers, her Nilufar gallery in Via della Spiga pulsing at the epicenter of achingly expensive mid-century gems and the hottest contemporary designs for the last 15 years. This year, for the very first time, she will open the doors to her warehouse - Nilufar Depot, north of the Garibaldi train station - to truly showcase her treasure trove. Architect Massimiliano Locatelli has been enlisted to design the space in the image of Milan’s famous Teatro della Spiga gallery. Imposing, dramatic, yet distinctly practical, the space will host a range of Nilufar gallery protégés, among them Locatelli and Martino Gamper, as well as the neon lights of Marco Rizzuto, six-metre-tall brass curtains of Leonar Antunes and Lindsey Adelman’s cage chandeliers.

    15-19 April; Nilufar Depot, Via Lancetti, 34, 20158;

    Pictured: Osanna Visconti for Nilufar

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  • Ventura Lambrate

    In Milan’s north-eastern district of Lambrate, the design district of FuoriSalone hosts an impressive roster of design academics and emerging talents for the sixth consecutive year. This year will see more academies join forces than ever before, including Central Saint Martins and Denmark’s VIA University College School of Creative Industries. Students and design scholars alike will confront housing challenges by contrasting sustainability and throwaway consumerism. Form & Seek, the young design collective, will also be there in force too with their functional and poetic creations.

    14-19 April; Ventura Lambrate, Via Ventura 6;

    Pictured: Electro Colour designed by Cindy Strobach for Form & Seek

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  • Palazzo Litta

    Following his superb Pavilion Zero at Milan’s Expo site and his wooden-wave building at Milan’s Porta Nuova district, Michele de Lucchi’s latest imprint is Residenza Litta, a historic palazzo renovation in the 5Vie District. The Milan based architect refurbished the 17th century building and designed the interiors of a new residential complex. Five of the de Lucchi-designed apartments will be on view during Salone, housing a selection of small designers including Israeli design duo Magenta, Matteo Cibic, Gianpaolo Vernier, Great Design and a collection of marble designs by new label Carrara Design Factory. Also noteworthy is Rome Gallery Secondome that will present new works by Bethan Laura Wood and Aut + Chiara Onida, as well as a hotly anticipated reprise of Martino Gamper’s artisan hit exhibit ‘From To’ which was shown only to a handful of VIP press in a Caccia Dominioni-designed home last year.

    14-19 April; Corso Magenta 24/A;

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  • Snarkitecture + COS

    Shopping is rarely a relaxing experience, but Swedish fashion brand COS is teaming up with Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture to change that (for Salone, at least). Inspired by the technical lightness and luminescence of the label’s new Spring/Summer collection, the pair will transform Spazio Erbe into an immersive, translucent cave. Thousands of strips of layered white fabric will hang from the ceiling to the floor, inviting guests to explore and interact as they make their way around the installation. It is a simplistic, yet modern concept which has already proved rather successful for the fashion brand.

    14-19 April; Spazio Erbe, Via delle Erbe 2;

    Pictured: Render of Spazio Erbe installation by Snarkitecture

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  • Euroluce

    Proclaimed the Year of Light by UNESCO, 2015 sees Euroluce return to the Milanese fairgrounds. Now in its 28th edition, the fair presents the international lighting novelties from leading international brands as well as smaller companies and designers every alternate year. This year’s highlights include Nendo and Luca Nichetto’s collaborative collection for Foscarini, with the Italian company using wood and paper for the first time in their production. Michael Anastassiades will unveil new minimal mobile chandeliers, while American studio Rich Brilliant and Willing will display new collections of lighting atmospheres. Czech company Lasvit is staging a ‘Temple of Light, presenting their seamless combination of design and craftsmanship through a colorful collection by Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana.

    14-19 April; Fiera Milano, Rho;

    Pictured: Campana Brothers Candy Collection Sphere for Lasvit

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  • Marta Sala Editions

    As the niece of Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Marta Sala spent years working at the Milan furniture brand Azucena. Having left the family business last year, she has now leapt into her own venture, Marta Sala Editions. The new brand will debut in its cozy showroom space in Corso Monforte with a 12-piece collection of furniture designed by Rome-based Carl Pickering and Claudio Lazzarini. Sala tapped Pickering and Lazzarini as the first team of what she hopes will be a rotating roster of guest designers. She also lassoed a network of artisans throughout Italy to produce hand-crafted pieces, including a brass-trimmed, upholstered screen with built-in lamps, dining tables that can be reconfigured into desks and leather armchairs with incorporated side tables.

    14-19 April; Corso Monforte 15;

    Pictured: Harry Ottone stand

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  • The Arrangement of Furniture in a Room by SCP

    Founded in 1985 as a small east London-based cluster of design, SCP celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and the great achievements the past three decades have brought. One of the first non-Italian companies to be allowed on the Milanese fairgrounds, SCP pays tribute to the milestone with the debut of the Classics line, which will re-introduce early pieces by designers who played a key role in the company’s early developments. The pieces by Konstantin Grcic, Matthew Hilton, Jasper Morrison, Terence Woodgate, Michael Marriott and the late James Irvine were originally designed between 1985 and 1999 and form a fitting representation of SCP’s role in the development of the British design scene.

    14-19 April; Via Carlo Tenca 7;

    Pictured: Mono table Konstantin by SCP

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  • Body Building by Atelier Biagetti

    Artist Laura Baldassari and designer Alberto Biagetti present their extravagant take on the gym. Drawing inspiration from archetypal 1960s gymnasium shapes, the pair gave new life to wall bars, vaulting horses, weights and hanging rings, modelled after a vintage aesthetic and enriched with precious and unexpected materials such as silver calfskin mixed with bright blue horse hair, navy fur next to neoprene, nude leather alongside brass and pink crystal combined with steel. Although an aesthetic exercise, the pieces have new functions: a row of gymnastic rings is turned into a chandelier, while steel weights form the base for a glass table. Developed in collaboration with design guru Maria Cristina Didero, the collection is a humorous comment on society’s obsession with the body.

    14-19 April; Piazza Arcole, 4;

    Pictured: Atelier Biagetti, Photography: Delfino Sisto Legnani

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  • Jaime Hayon for Cassina

    Cassina enlisted Jaime Hayon to interpret Le Corbusier’s organic shapes and esprit nouveau artwork on the 50th anniversary of the architectural master’s death. The Spanish designer delivered a capsule collection of five tabletop objects and two side tables, whose sinuous, playful shapes are rendered in black, stained ash wood. Hayon’s ‘poetic reaction’ to Le Corbusier’s artistic forms combines Cassina’s craftsmanship with his own aesthetics, synthesizing the three in a series of perfectly-formed sculptures. The Italian company’s celebrations will also include a series of cultural events to pay tribute to the iconic LC Collection by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand.

    13-19 April; Via Durini, 16;

    Pictured: Réaction Poétique Collection for Cassina by Jaime Hayon

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  • Designjunction

    Now on its fourth edition, designjunction is launching the San Babila Design Quarter - a new destination to marry design and fashion - as well as taking over Casa dell’Opera Nazionale Balilla, which they will fill with a curated selection of 40 leading global design brands, pop-up shops and installations. Among them are top British names like Tom Dixon (who will transform the abandoned theatre into an interactive cinema-themed installation and show), Jaguar, design label Beyond Object and contemporary furniture maker Case. The latter will furnish the pop-up cafe, too.

    14-19 April; Casa dell’Opera Nazionale Balilla, Via Pietro Mascagni 6;

    Pictured: Sketch of designjunction’s new home, Casa dell’Opera Nazionale Balilla

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  • Lettuce Entertain You

    The Via Della Spiga flagship of American lifestyle brand Tory Burch will play host to an installation by designer Bethan Laura Wood, co-commissioned by Wallpaper*. Her use of pattern, colour and pace are sure to create a striking backdrop for Burch’s new Lettuce Ware Collection. The homeware itself was created in collaboration with the American artist and potter Dodie Thayer - a favourite of Jacqui O and the Duchess of Windsor. Wood’s installation will travel to Tory Burch’s flagship stores in Munich and London following it’s Italian debut.

    13-19 April; Via Della Spiga 7;

    Pictured: Lettuce Ware by Tory Burch and ceramicist Dodie Thayer. Photography: Matthew Donaldson

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  • Wallpaper* Handmade and San Gregorio Docet

    For the sixth year, we stage our annual wunderkammer of craft and creativity. We are back, this time with a twist: not only we are taking over an entire arcade but we have also invited our friends to move in, with Afghanmade, Emeco, d3 and Gufram as our design neighbours, united by a tonal tunnel of Kvadrat textiles. ‘Eat me, Drink me, tell me that you love me’ is this year’s theme that combines all our favorite food, drink and entertaining things under one roof. San Gregorio Docet is also back, and bigger than ever: the design district concocted by our Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers and local creative maverick Claudio Loria of Leclettico is expanding and this year it houses a plethora of design friends, from Lee Broom’s department store to SCP and USM iconic design celebrations, a Memphis extravaganza and the Laufen-powered Brand New World exhibition, amongst others.

    14-18 April; The Wallpaper* Arcade, Via San Gregorio, Milan

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  • Caesarstone

    The Neoclassical Palazzo Serbelloni serves as the background for Caesarstone’s tropical extravaganza, devised by Canadian designer Philippe Malouin. Malouin was given carte blanche to experiment with the Caesarstone surface portfolio, combining new and vintage materials assembled in a row of swings and a series of planters containing a forest of yuccas, cheese plants, ferns and birds of paradise. Malouin and his team used techniques such as inlay, marquetry and engraving, combining stones in both geometric and organic designs achieved through a mix of Caesarstone’s hi-tech stone-cutting facilities and his own crew’s craft approach. Wallpaper* stepped in to collaborate on the space’s café, designed by Malouin in collaboration with designer Sasha Leong, and with a menu conceived by our entertaining director Melina Keays.

    14-18 April; Palazzo Sebelloni, Corso Venezia 16;

    Pictured: Caesarstone planters. Photography: Tom Mannion

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  • Moooi

    For the third time, Moooi founders Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers will take up residence at Via Savona 56. Presenting ‘Unexpected Welcome’, their exhibition will feature the works of Iranian photographer Rahi Rezvani alongside their innovative array of photorealistic carpets. Their latest venture - hi-definition carpets made using Chromojet printers - includes geometric hexagonal prints from Studio Job and monochrome collages from Neri and Hu. Among their interiors will be special editions of favourites by Marcel Wanders and new lights by Arihiro Miyake.

    13-19 April; Via Savona, 56 ;

    Pictured: Remnant 1 by Neri & Hu for Moooi Carpets

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