DISPATCH FROM MILAN
Salone del Mobile 2017 Serves Up Deliciously Creative Outdoor Furniture and Lighting Inspirations
Story and photography by Anne Breux
A feast for the designer at heart, a party for 340,000 visitors from all over the word gathered recently at Salone del Mobile 2017 to study the latest creations in furniture, materials and lighting.
Among them we had a great group of architects, designers and showroom owners that made the trip from Houston to Milan, walked the fairgrounds and the whole town, picking the best parties from hundreds of events.
Arriving Monday, May 3, a day before the Salone opened, I went straight from the Malpensa Airport to la Rinascente department store located just across from the white marble Duomo di Milano for a first cappuccino. I saw that the terrace was ready for a show called “il gusto con vista.”
Then I went to Via Orobia, where the golden Prada Foundation is, to discover in an old factory the new outdoor collection by Paola Lenti: Soft shapes, ultimate comfort and vibrant colors were a true pleasure.
Next day, I was glad to immerse myself again in the Maximiliano Fuksas fairgrounds architecture. I tried to focus on outdoor furniture and visited the always-striking Vondom booth, and then I found a marvelous light/table at the Vibia booth. Still a prototype, it should be available next year here.
On Wednesday, I visited the Kartell Museum and had a funny encounter with the Philippe Starck gnomes in its garden.
Thursday was all about architecture and the latest in the new Milan CityLife area with buildings by Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhass, Herzog and de Meuron and Daniel Libeskind.
Design talks were given at the Feltrinelli Foundation, among many other places, by Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, Piero Lissoni, Alberto Alessi, Ingo Maurer, Marcel Wanders and so many other extraordinary people that I just could not believe to be so close to them. What a feast!
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