Highlights of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2015
Last week the city of Milan celebrated its 54th annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the renowned design and furniture fair.
The fair (14th-19th April) is widely considered the global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector bringing more than 300,000 visitors to the city.
Highlights this year came from Lee Broom with the London-based designer transforming a street of disused shops in the San Gregorio district of central Milan into his own department store, unveiling 20 new products featuring various tableaux representing different departments in a store: gents’ fitting room, perfumery, bookshop, millinery and a store room, among others.
British lighting and furniture designer Tom Dixon unveiled The Cinema, an exhibition in an old picture house featuring a series of new installations and products including Melt pendant lamps and the new Wingback chair. “The idea of the cinema is about saying, come into a darkened space where we can control your experience a bit more, and add depth.” explained the designer. “I think it’s good to wake and shake people up a bit, to get them to spend a bit more time and open their ears, noses and mouths.”
Finally, fans of Italian heritage and homeware brand Fornasetti were treated to a video and DJ set by Barnaba Fornasetti at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana on the eve of the fair. Barnaba, son of founder Pietro, set the tone for the fair with a set featuring everything from 60’s soul to electronica.
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