The DesignFix team has landed in Milan for day one of the biggest and most exciting design event of the year, the annual Salone del Mobile. Fuelled by several shots of powerful espresso we’ve managed to visit a wide variety of showrooms, exhibitions and pop-up stores, taking in many new trends, innovations and creative concepts that will make an impact in the year to come. Like a lot of visitors, if you don’t have all week to leisurely stroll around the stands, take advice from our easy guide to the big five must-visit exhibitors of Milan Design Week. Meanwhile, come back at the end of the six-day festival when we will forecast the hottest home trends from all the debut collections we’ve seen and admired at the furniture fair.
April 12-16, 10am-9pm; April 17, 10am-5pm; via Savona 56
The eclectic design house Moooi, founded by Casper Vissers and Marcel Wanders in 2005, returns to the Salone with 22 new designs making their debut at the Dutch brand’s Rebellious Harmony exhibition. From the Paper Desk by Studio Job to Prop Lights by Bertjan Pot and the Nut Dining Chair by Wanders himself, Milan’s Salone del Mobile has been a prime presentation spot for Moooi’s future design classics. See the next big thing (or 22) at Via Savona 56. “This year’s somewhat paradoxical theme of Rebellious Harmony is perfectly in tune with our own core beliefs,” says Moooi CEO Robin Bevers. “At Moooi, we strive to embrace the polarity between creativity and business, between chaos and order.” If you’re not in Milan take a virtual tour of Moooi’s Rebellious Harmony.
April 12-17, 10am-9pm; Spazio Esperienze Davide Groppi, Via Medici, 13
Our favourite industrial-style lighting brand presents the catchy Wireless is More exhibition, illuminating wireless lighting designs with simplicity, weightlessness, emotion and creative intuition, in the renewed showroom Spazio Esperienze in via Medici, 13. Not in Milan? Head to superstudio in Dubai to see Davide Groppi‘s contemporary range.
Grcic for ClassiCon
April 12-17, 9.30am-6.30pm; Hall 16 E30, Milano Fairground Rho-Pero; Spotti Milano, Viale Piave 27
While silver is the traditional gift for a landmark 25-year anniversary, Konstantin Grcic celebrates its partnership with ClassiCon with a Black Edition of ‘greatest hits’, including the Ulisse Daybed, inspired by classic designs from Charlotte Perriand and Eileen Gray. A splash of colour is added by Swiss-Iranian artist Shirana Shahbazi, creating a dialogue of the work through a series of stylised photographs.
April 12-16, 9.30am-9pm; April 17, 9.30am-6pm; B&B Italia store, Via Durini, 14
Another big-name brand celebrating a milestone is B&B Italia, marking 50 years in contemporary design culture by presenting ‘The Perfect Density’ exhibition at the Salone del Mobile. As well as unveiling new designs for 2016, the luxury ‘made in Italy’ furniture brand will showcase an insightful documentary entitled ‘B&B Italia. Poetry in the Shape. When Design Meets Industry’, every hour during its display at the furniture fair.
Tom Dixon and Caesarstone
April 13-16, 10am-7pm; April 17, 10am-4pm; Rotonda della Besana Via Enrico Besana 12
End a busy day touring the sights of Salone del Mobile by ‘dining with design’ at The Restaurant, a unique culinary concept created by Tom Dixon and Caesarstone held in a late baroque deconsecrated church in central Milan. The collaboration combines four futuristic kitchens by Caesarstone with four radical Tom Dixon dining halls, inviting you to relax, eat and enjoy the latest ideas in materiality, luminosity and tactile textures. New collections by Tom Dixon include Curve, Fade and Copper, with the latter squashing and stretching the British designer’s trademark copper pendants into clusters, bouncing light in eye-catching patterns.