Milan Salone highlights

The international design community descended on Milan recently for the annual Salone del Mobile, the largest trade fair of its kind in the world.

Showcasing the latest in furniture and design from every corner of the world, it is considered the leading event for the presentation of new products by designers of furniture, lighting and other home furnishings.

The Bespoke Bathrooms team has been keenly following what commentators and design bloggers have had to say about this year’s top launches and here share some of our favourite finds.

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1. Fat Sofa by Patricia Urquiola/B&B Italia. Followers of our blog will know that we are great fans of Patricia Urquiola. Launching at the Salone this year her Fat Sofa, part of a new outdoor seating system for B&B Italia, caught our attention. Its fully padded seat is accompanied by a metal frame backrest that supports an open weave of twisted polyethylene fibres, creating a special interplay of fullness and lightness.

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2. Swing Chair by Urquiola for Louis Vuitton. The Swing Chair, shown above, is another Urquiola design, this time for French fashion house Louis Vuitton’s new collection Objets Nomades. Composed of a comfortable woven mesh, two ‘handles’ support the handbag-inspired swing, which is finished with such luxe details as a leather cushion and gold-plated hooks.

For this travel-inspired project Louis Vuitton commissioned nine established and upcoming designers to create unique folding furniture and travel accessories that express the luxury brand’s signature style and aesthetic.

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3. Lighting by Tom Dixon. British designer Tom Dixon showed a series of new products, including Melt, a blown-glass pendant lamp shaped like a sphere that has softened through warmth. Designed in collaboration with Swedish studio Front, the distorted globe comes with a copper, chrome or gold-coloured finish.

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4. Les Danseuses by Atelier Oi/Artemide. How we would love to see Artemide’s Les Danseuses (French for the dancers) lamps in action! Designed by the Swiss studio Atelier Oi, these lamps are based on a cone-shaped spinning polyester fabric. The lights move according to their own pace, a phenomenon partly accounted for by the Coriolis effect which governs the physics of hurricanes!

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5. Missoni Mirroring. Another firm favourite with Bespoke Bathrooms is the design house Missoni which created a special installation at the Salone using its iconic patchwork technique of creating patterns, this time combined with mirrors. Reflections of colours and patterns, surfaces and shapes, all of which double up, overturn, rotate, refract.

Image credits: B&B Italia; Louis Vuitton; Tom Dixon; Artemide; Missoni.