Each year in Milan, the Salone del Mobile Milano, Europe’s leading design expo is held in April. This year’s event was the 58th Edition and it was held earlier this month between the 9th and 14th of April. it is an extraordinary show. Extravagant, excessive, vibrant yet exceptionally beautiful – it’s Italy profiling the world of design.
The show features leading designers from all over the globe in a full range of disciplines – Furniture, Lighting, homewares, kitchens and outdoor living areas. It is anything but pedestrian. To illustrate this we profile two leading brands and their installations – Gucci and Versace.
Gucci presented a pop-up store. Staged in a traditional apartment on the Via Santo Spirito, the resultant installation was spectacular, breathtaking.
The purpose was to profile the brand’s latest offerings in homewares – furniture, porcelain, dinnerware and blankets. It did this and much more with the vision of Gucci’s Creative Director Allessandro Michele creating a stunning maximalist vision. Wallpapers, candles, cushions, screens, chairs and sofa, incense trays and even small metal folding trays – all bearing the well known Gucci emblem.
Our second selection is from the iconic Louis Vuitton who combined with designers India Mahdavi, Patricia Urquindo and Tokujin Yoshioka to present its ‘Objets Nomades’ installation.
Located on the Palazzo Serbellani the creation featured extraordinary pieces from designers Atelier Biagetti and the Italian duo Zanellato/Bortotto ‘Anemana’, a superb glass top table with wavy base covered in soft leather was created by Atelier Biagetti. Zanellato/Bortotto debuted with an exceptionally beautiful ‘mandala’ screen of three parts woven together in an intricate and sophisticated manner. The display featured past editions of the Louis Vuitton displays presented in new colours, fabrics and materials. Standouts were the Campano Brothers ‘Bomboca’ sofa-puzzle in fluoro yellow and the ‘Cocoon’ suspended chair in red faux fur. Their ‘Bulbo’ armchair was pure fantasy mimicking a giant tropical bloom that envelopes a person seated in billows of yellow fabric.
Not all the displays were brand oriented. The Mexican based artist Carlos Amardes presented a rather different installation featuring over 15,000 black butterflies. He refers to them as a ‘swarm’. His creation he had named ‘the accursed hour’ was located on the Fondazione Adolfo Pini.
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