When purple wisteria vines appear in April, they signal the start of spring and the begin- ning of a week of events, exhibitions, and festivities, which comprise the Salone del
Mobile furniture fair in Milan. Held at the Rho fairgrounds, this
year’s 55th edition welcomed 372,151 visitors who came to
look, feel, and inspect furnishings, lighting, accessories, and
bath fixtures displayed by over 2,400 exhibitors and manufacturers
from Italy and around the globe.
Tropical motifs, graphic black and white patterns, metallic,
marble, stone, and soft pastels including pink, were just a
few of the many interior trends spotted at the fair and on
city streets. Fashion has become synonymous with Salone
and this year was no exception. Sneaker manufacturer Nike
made the scene with “The Nature of Motion,” an exhibition
which presented inventive applications for Flynit, a proprietary
material created for running shoes while fashion pop-up
exhibitions featured brands like COS, Marni, and Loewe.
Vitra House, an offsite presentation by the Swiss furniture
company, included manicure stations with a choice of nail
polish for visitors wishing to alter their color mood.
Gastronomy, cooking, and culinary lives were highlighted
La Dolce Vita-style at Eurocucina, the biennial exhibition which
showcases the latest in cutting-edge technology for kitchens.
“It’s become a place devoted to the ritual of cooking, and an
extension of the interior of the home,” said Vincent van Duysen
when explaining his new concept for Dada. The Belgian architect
was in Milan staging his first collection as Creative Director for
Molteni—and debuted VVD, a sleek modernist scheme inspired
by natural materials for the company’s kitchen brand.
At the fair and offsite at Fuorisalone, international creatives
presented tables, chairs, sofas, and accessories that also
emphasized dining, as well as lounging and food. London-based designer Tom Dixon, who partnered with the quartz
counter and surface manufacturer Caesarstone, transformed
the Rotonda della Besana—a baroque building in the shape
of a cross—into “The Restaurant,” an experimental dining hall.
Dixon chose the elements of fire, water, earth, and air, which he
employed as themes for the décor and paired with a complementary menu curated by Milanese food studio Arabeschi di
Latte. Four distinct kitchen stations and tables were assembled
in neutral palettes that transcended the physicality of the themes
with added flourishes of Dixon’s product lines in brass, copper,
glass, and wood. Guests were served glazed root vegetables,
vegetables in broth, puffy bread, and chicken cooked under a
brick signifying the elements through actual plated food.
Tabletop décor and serve-ware by Japanese porcelain
company Arita, Danish silver manufacturer George Jensen,
and Austrian crystal brand Swarovski were also on view, adding
elegance to the dining tableau, while decorative illustrations
inspired by Sicilian carts were hand painted on Smeg refrigerators. Italian chefs were also inspired, serving special meals in
discreet locales, including Salone’s gala dinner held in the artisan
workshops of Milan’s famed La Scala Opera House.
Here are a few top picks from the many introductions
made at the fair held April 12-17, 2016.
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By Melissa Feldman | Photography courtesy of the manufacturers
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