The deinstallation of exhibition stands, exhibition displays and installations is underway in Milan, marking the official closing of the Salone del Mobile 2022 furniture fair and coinciding with the Fuorisalone events. However, new products showcased in these spaces are still fresh in the minds of designers, architects and other members of the trade and are filling the rolls. Below, check out over 30 notable launches of furniture, lighting, decor and more that you’ll soon want to spec.
Whether you’re producing a collaborative collection or cooking up a post-fair aperitif, the same rule applies: two is better than one. At least that was the case in this market, where creative partnerships have resulted in some of the most memorable pieces. For starters, take India Mahdavi’s reimagining of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna’s bentwood seating, in which the designer doubles the brand’s curves to create lounge chairs and a bench seat defined by coiled rings. Elsewhere, the super-low coffee table continues its cool run, with notably round new styles such as the Omphalos coffee table by John Pawson for Salvatori and the Panoramic coffee table by Piero Lissoni for Knoll.
Under the creative direction of Sam Baron and in partnership with a number of designers, Pierre Frey launched 30 new pieces of furniture during the Salone del Mobile 2022. Standouts include the bulbous Kiss trio by Sebastian Bergne, which includes a dining chair accent, a pouf and a side table that combine sumptuous upholstery with lacquered details. In addition, Estudio Persona is joining forces with the furniture and textile house to offer the Ribbon bench and chair reminiscent of origami-style folds.
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Experimental forms continue at BassamFellows, which has tested the limits of 3D molded wood veneer. The designers crafted a chair silhouette that evokes 20th-century modern forms made possible by fiberglass and plastic (think Eames’ Tulip chair). The form-fitting result is the Petal Chair, unfurling in shape as if at the peak of its bloom and available in a number of chair styles. Meanwhile, at Molteni & C, Vincent Van Duysen is launching an equally versatile piece, an open to interpretation, low-slung, backlit storage console dubbed The Living Box. And at Fendi Casa, the Matrice bookcase designed by Dimorestudio speaks for itself, even when empty, thanks to a steel frame with tinted glass shelves in the paste.
Italian modern tastemakers Minotti and B&B Italia offer thoughtful new seating arrangements with Rodolfo Dordoni’s Twiggy sofa system and a new version of Mario Bellini’s Bambole courtesy of Stella McCartney, respectively. The latter confirms that more is more, as the designer opts for hand-drawn mushroom-patterned upholstery fabric for the brand’s first-ever fashion collaboration. The sentiment is also true at Italian fabric house Arjumand, which has launched a collection of slipper chairs adorned with a mix-and-match assortment of its brightly colored printed fabrics at the market – contrasting trims and delightfully full skirts included.