Salone del Mobile 2017
All eyes of the design world were trained firmly on Milan during Salone del Mobile (4-9 April). From furniture and product launches in the overflowing Rho fairground, to alluring exhibitions and installations, thrilling pop-ups and parties, team Wallpaper* hit the city’s creative districts to bring you unmissable highlights from the year’s most compelling design showcase as they happened...
Walk this way
Airbnb takes visitors on unique art and design experiences to discover Milan’s hidden treasures
Journey into COS and Studio Swine’s immersive, multi-sensory installation
Mammon takes Milan
Atelier Biagetti turns to God and money for its Salone del Mobile installation
Gufram ventures on a radical space mission at Wallpaper* Holy Handmade!
’Passeggiata’ by Airbnb
The global rental titans are set to present an Airbnb experience of Milan – a series of art and design events curated by Martina Mondadori in little-explored sites across Milan, as well as an installation at the 15th century Casa degli Atellani. Therein, Fabrica creative director Sam Baron will lead a trip to his favourite dried fruit store and Elinor Portnoy and Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda will be discussing glass craft; while JJ Martin will be hosting a tour of her La Double J boutique (and a delve into mid-to-late 20th century jewellery design).
4-7 April; Casa degli Atellani, Corso Magenta 65; www.airbnb.com
Pictured: Elinor Portnoy’s Marblization series
MINI LIVING - Breathe
MINI is joining forces with New York architects SO-IL to conceive compact living spaces for just three individuals at this year’s fair. The urban living concept is the third installation created as part of MINI LIVING and this time hones in on the survival essentials of air, water and light through the transparent materials, roof garden of plants, and an intelligent construction to collect rainwater.
4-9 April; Via Tortona 32; www.mini.com/living
This year, the French house will be paying homage to its original métier as a harness-maker. With a new collection of ten pieces – dubbed ’Lien d’Hermès’, and including a coat hanger, log basket and wine rack – the brand will present a pared back line in its signature brick bridal leather with touches of maple, lacquer, crystal, wicker and metal, all to be revealed at La Pelota.
5–8 April; La Pelota, via Palermo 10; www.hermes.com
Pictured: coat hanger in brick bridle leather and palladium-finish brass
Atelier Biagetti presents ’GOD’
The next iteration of Atelier Biagetti’s wonderfully weird explorations of contemporary society’s greatest obsessions will delve into the power of money. The immersive installation looks to channel the euphoria associated with fortune in an experimental and visual design play.
3–9 April; Piazza Arcole 4; www.atelierbiagetti.com
Ten years of Formafantasma
Designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of studio Formafantasma celebrate ten years of design with a special exhibition chronicling their light works. Housed in Spazio Krizia, one of Fuorisalone’s first locations and re-opened after several years of inactivity, the show will include their minimal lamps, crafted in metal and lava stone and featuring reflections and colour. The design duo also partners with lighting brand Flos, which will launch two new lamp designs by Formafantasma this year.
4–8 April; Spazio Krizia, Via Manin 21; www.formafantasma.com
WallpaperSTORE* x Analogia Project
Visitors will have the pleasure of being invited to the WallpaperSTORE* apartment this year; a living set up of products from the creative marketplace hosted in the Mario Bellini-designed office tower. Inside, a specially commissioned installation by design studio Analogia Project will play with the natural light by draping brass from the ceiling. The location will also play host to La Double J’s collaboration with Bitossi Home and Mascioni, a collection of tableware titled ’Milanese Housewives.’
4–9 April; Piazza Arcole 4; www.store.wallpaper.com
Pictured: a render of ’Golden Forest’ by Analogia Project
RE: CHARGE Cafe by Todd Bracher
Anxious about the Salone slog? Fear not, there will be an opportunity to recharge and reboot at Todd Bracher’s organic cafe, right in the heart of Brera. Created in collaboration with Humanscale, the green space is set to include charging stations with built-in biological lighting, an air-purifying wall and Bracher’s latest designs for the ergonomic brand, while providing an ’urban oasis’ atmosphere, complete with a cafe serving green shots.
4–9 April; Via Solferino 18; www.humanscale.com
Photography: Tom Mannion
‘Still Motion’ at Triennale
An inaugural collaboration will see Portuguese platform ExperimentaDesign work with five acclaimed graphic designers (Sagmeister & Walsh, Jonathan Barnbrook, Ian Anderson, Pedro Falcão and Jorge Silva) on stone project ‘Still Motion’ at the Triennale. Using marble and limestone from Portugal, each designer has created a unique graphic piece inspired by topics as diverse as TV’s Black Mirror, El Lissitzky’s paintings and the images found on road signs.
30 March – 9 April; Viale Emilio Alemagna 6; www.primeirapedra.com
Lee Broom’s ’Time Machine’
Everything old is becoming new again for Lee Broom’s tenth anniversary. For the occasion, the British designer is celebrating with a collection of all-white, revamped versions of some signature pieces. Broom’s designs will be displayed on an illuminated fairground carousel in an abandoned vault of the Milano Centrale station, a new district that will also be occupied by the likes of Maarten Baas and Luca Nichetto. At the centre of this spectacular display will be an all-new, monolithic grandfather clock that serves as a monument to Broom’s significant past achievements and a celebration of his assured future successes.
5–9 April; Ventura Centrale, Via Ferrante Aporti 17; www.leebroom.com
Pictured: ’Time Machine’ limited edition grandfather clock
COS x Studio Swine
This year, COS is collaborating with design duo Studio Swine on a multi-sensory experience at Cinema Arti titled ‘New Spring’. As with all the appointed designers, Studio Swine is nodding to the fashion brand’s light sensuality, merging this with inspiration drawn from Japan’s Sakura cherry blossom festival. For the install, a central tree-like sculpture will release mist-filled flowers. The blooms have been created to burst when they touch skin, but temporary live on clothing.
4–9 April; Cinema Arti, Via Pietro Mascagni 8; www.cosstores.com
Jaime Hayón x Caesarstone
The pinnacle showcase of Caesarstone’s year-long collaboration with Spanish designer Jaime Hayón will take place at Palazzo Serbelloni. Titled ’Stone Age Folk’, the performance promises to be fantastical. The inevitable highlight? An architectural pavilion amid the flora and fauna that nods to the Crystal Palace built in London’s Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851. The impressive piece will combine 48 Caesarstone colours with metal and stained glass.
3–8 April; Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia 16; www.caesarstone.com
Norway’s contemporary design and craft
Norway’s latest crop of hot designers and craftsmen returns to Ventura Lambrate. This year, interior designer and architect Katrin Greiling curated the selection while Norwegian-Italian studio Kråkvik & D’Orazio was responsible for the exhibition’s design, given the theme of ’Everything is connected’. The roster of talent will include Vera & Kyte, Andreas Bergsaker and Sara Polmar.
4–9 April; Via Ventura 6; www.contemporarycraftsanddesign.no
Pictured: matchboxes by Sara Polmar
Design Pride by Seletti
Perhaps the event that got the most tongues wagging last year, Seletti’s Design Pride will once again spread its festive, liberating vibes across the 5VIE district. This year Wallpaper* gets involved in the action with a fleet of bikes that will ride alongside the colourful floats, performances and irreverent singage (featuring the slogan ’Fewer Walls, More Wallpaper*’).
5 April, 6pm – midnight; 5VIE, Piazza Affari; www.seletti.it
Late last year, heritage wood brand Bottega Ghianda opened a shop in the heart of Brera. Founded by Iginio Ghianda in 1889, the company now works under the leadership of architect Michele De Lucchi, who has poetically bought together the past and future of the brand’s craft with a showroom of products realised between 1918 and 2002. For Salone, De Lucchi is going to be telling a story of expert woodcraft with historical pieces by the likes of Gae Aulenti, Mario Bellini, Cini Boeri, Gianfranco Frattini, Carl Magnusson and Emanuela Frattini-Magnusson.
4–9 April; via Formentini 9; www.bottegaghianda.com
Pictured: ’Cesttino a baguettes’ by Emanuela Frattini-Magnusson, 1986
De Allegri and Fogale’s ’Mystical Solace’
London-based design studio De Allegri and Fogale is collaborating with stone experts Casone on ‘Mystical Solace’, an installation at Dome Milano Interior. The mausoleum-like space will be made of Yellow Siena marble and Noir Doré stone and filled with thresholds, stairs, boulders and other objects loaded with symbolic meaning. Visitors will activate this triangular ‘cave’ by decoding the various symbolic allusions they encounter as they move through it, becoming part of the artwork themselves.
5–9 April; Via San Marco, 1; www.deallegrifogale.com
’Screenshot’ by Dedar
First revealed by Wallpaper* in London last month, Dedar’s ’Screenshot’ exhibition is now being transported to Milan’s Palazzo Serbelloni. Looking to mark 40 years producing head-turning textiles, Dedar brought together the designer Martino Gamper and photographer Brigitte Niedermair, long-time friends but never collaborators. A slow-loading Google search led the pair to hidden patterns, an accidental index of artists and their favourite colours. Dedar fixed these patterns on remarkable fabrics and Gamper gave them form and volume. The results are a fitting tribute to a history of innovation, hand-craft and a commitment to the creative spirit. And, more than anything, proof that there’s power in a union.
6–7 April; Gallerie Sotheby’s, Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia 16; www.dedar.com
Euroluce and Satellite’s 20th edition
The Euroluce lighting exhibition returns to the Milanese fair, with, among other highlights, a new brand called Flos with Sarfatti – created by the Italian giant in collaboration with Danish brand Astep, reissuing important works by master Gino Sarfatti. The fair also sees Salone Satellite’s 20th edition, presenting a typically impressive roster of 650 designers, including Wallpaper* Young Designer of the Year, Gustavo Martini.
4–9 April; Rho Fiera; www.salonemilano.it
Pictured: render of Gustavo Martini’s ’The Grove’ project
The Swedish stalwart will be bringing a buzz to Lambrate this year with its inaugural festival. Housed within a warehouse in the district, the jam-packed schedule includes interactive workshops, installations and live music. The brand are also using the opportunity to showcase its new design collaborations, like the ’Delaktig’ project with Tom Dixon.
4–9 April; Officina Ventura, Via Privata Giovanni Ventura 14; www.ikea.today
Tokujin Yoshioka x LG
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, LG is joining forces with the designer-artist Tokujin Yoshioka for a project that draws on the brand’s futuristic technologies. The light installation is a marriage of the Japanese designer’s signature poetic aesthetic and LG’s commitment to avant-garde technology in a dynamic narrative that explores ‘senses of the future’.
4–9 April; Super Studio/Art Point, Via Tortona 27; www.tokujin.com
This is the third time Spanish brand Loewe has taken on the Milanese fair. For 2017, it is embracing craft more than ever, with a new exhibition of furniture, textiles and ceramics titled ’Loewe: This is Home’. The selection includes oak pieces designed in Yorkshire, Spanish ceramics and fabric spun in eclectic forms. The display is set to be creative director Jonathan Anderson’s ultimate collage of Loewe’s artisan culture.
4–9 April; Via Montenapoleone, 21; www.loewe.com
’Ladies & Gentlemen’ at 5vie
For the second time, PS and the Roman gallery Secondome are joing forces on Salone’s ’Ladies & Gentlemen’ exhibition. Located within an old Milanese mansion, this year’s curation is all about experimentation, with highlights from Lara Bohinc, Botteganove (the brand launched last year) and a Diesel Living pop-up home also sharing the space. The show takes place in the 5Vie district alongside exhibits from the likes of Sabine Marcelis and Matteo Cibic.
4–9 April; via Cesare Correnti 14; www.ladiesandgentlemen.it
Tom Dixon’s Multiplex
The British designer is going bigger and better with his creative retail concept Multiplex. This year’s iteration is divided into three sections inside the cinema and gallery Teatro Manzoni. The gallery space is set to show off Dixon’s glittering new designs while also factoring pop-ups including a chandelier store, a haberdashery and a sculptural installation by Arik Levy and surface brand Compac. Other highlights include a film festival launched in collaboration with IKEA.
4–9 April; Teatro Mazoni, Via Manzoni 42; www.tomdixon.net
Pictured: Dixon’s new ’Cut’ pendent
Louis Vuitton’s ’Objets Nomades’
For the past five years Louis Vuitton has explored creative travel objects with its ongoing ’Objets Nomades’ project. Unveiled in Milan during Salone del Mobile, the latest collection in the series includes a playful sofa by the Campana brothers, the shape of which is inspired by clouds and Botticelli’s shell for his Venus, and India Mahdavi’s side-table, inspired by talismans and created using marquetry techniques.
4 -9 April; Palazzo Bocconi, 48 Corso Venezia; www.louisvuitton.com
Pictured: side table by India Mahdavi
Handmade is our ritual celebration of divine inspiration, high craft and the sacred union of miraculous materials; the maker’s mark and the occasional infernal machine. This year we are devoted to making our annual pilgrimage to Milan’s Salone del Mobile a truly elevating experience, creating a non-denominational temple to the best of contemporary design. At Brera’s Mediateca, there will also be an out of this world experience by Gufram, Marc Ange’s floral retreat presented by The Invisible Collection, and a new vision for Italian football team Juventus.
4–9 April; Mediateca Santa Teresa, Via della Moscova 28
Creative entrepreneur Dino Gavina’s legacy is brought back to life by fellow Bologna resident Gherardo Tonelli. Tonelli is launching the Paradisoterrestre brand (originally a collection produced under the Simon Gavina aegis), with reissues of pieces by Mariyo Yagi and Kazuhide Takahama, as well as designs which Gavina developed as tributes to artists Man Ray and Giacomo Balla. The new company is also unveiling a debut collection by French designer Pierre Gonalons.
4–9 April, Jato Showroom, Via Giuseppe Sirtori 32; www.paradisoterrestre.it
Photography: Giovanni Gori
Kvadrat launches Really
Danish textile giant Kvadat presents Really: a new brand transforming textile waste into a revolutionary composite material. Really makes its debut with a collections of benches by Max Lamb, who has been involved since the early stages of material development and has created a series of designs to show off the textile boards’ potential.
3–9 April, Project B, Via Pietro Maroncelli 7; www.kvadrat.dk
Pictured: sketches of Max Lamb’s benches. Courtesy Max Lamb