This year's Salone Del Mobile was a quieter affair than many before it. Several companies such Scandinavian design brands Hay and Gubi chose to eschew Milan Design Week entirely, focusing instead on Stockholm and other smaller events. Their absence created a void that was filled by luxury fashion houses such as Hermés and Louis Vuitton, whose profiles and events were bigger than ever this year.
Beyond this there was still plenty to uncover at the Salone and in the city itself. We found designers in a contemplative mood. Many objects were designed without a predisposed function, leaving use and time to determine their purpose. In addition, more and more products were designed with the complexities of modern life in mind, space saving and multifunctional designs were everywhere. Mattiazzi had interesting, elegant examples of both tendencies in the Konstantin Grcic designed Cugino and Kim Colin and Sam Hecht's Fronda chair.
As with Euroluce, brands seemed less concerned with having countless new products and more with asserting the coherence and beauty of their existing collections. For us, e15 shone out in this respect, their collaborative stand with Kvadrat and Dinesen showcased their collection beautifully. Earlier pieces such as the Kashan sofa mingled with the latest releases, all in stunning colour ways and fabrics chosen by Farah Ebrahimi.
See our standout 16 new indoor furniture releases from this years Milan Furniture Fair below: