Milan 2013: Dezeen editor Rose Etherington has rounded up her choice of new furniture and lighting at the Salone in Milan.
Scroll on for the hottest launches from international furniture brands at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, lighting firms at Euroluce and young designers at SaloneSatellite, plus an installation on office design by Jean Nouvel at Salone Ufficio.
Rem Koolhaas' firm OMA created the scenography for American brand Knoll, with sheer white curtains encircling the new range of sofas by Londoners BarberOsgerby (above).
Moroso's colourful stand based on a tangram puzzle was devised by Patricia Urquiola and features three new products by the Spanish designer, including the felt Mafalda chair and the Mathilda chair with a backrest wrapped in natural rushes (above).
Other highlights in the extensive new collection include a modular furniture system called Bikini Island by Werner Aisslinger (pictured top) and a rounded chair called Dumbo by Polish designer Tomek Rygalik (above).
The Magis stand packs in prototypes of a large looping rotational-moulded bench named Folly by Ron Arad (above), an extending table that rolls out on big wheels at one end by Philippe Starck, the Theca sideboard by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and a tangled wire-frame chair by Konstantin Grcic called Traffic (below).
Grcic seems to be everywhere: with US brand Emeco he presents his Parrish chair (below), first created for Herzog & de Meuron's Parrish Art Museum and now in production, for BD Barcelona Design he presents his B Bench based on the famous Barcelona Chair - alongside outdoor furniture by Jaime Hayon - and for Mattiazzi he's showing a stool to match the Medici chair he launched with the Italian brand this time last year.
Mattiazzi also presents wooden chairs based on camping furniture by Jasper Morrison and a three-legged high stool by Industrial Facility.
Hella Jongerius brings her expertise with colour to the Vitra stand, where she's applied a new palette to Jean Prouve's Standard chair (above) and the Eames' Hang it All coat hooks. She also shows a ring of swatches called the Daylight Wheel, demonstrating how our perception of colour changes throughout the day.
Kartell's presentation mimics a galleria and features plastic stools based on cut-crystal glasses (above) by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka plus a sofa by Philippe Starck that the brand claims is the largest injection-moulded piece in the world.
Above image is by Mark Cocksedge
The Euroluce lighting show takes place alongside the Salone del Mobile and it's the Italian brands that stand out. Key product launches this year include Shade by Paul Cocksedge for Flos (above), which uses an LED light source on the floor to illuminate the shade hanging from almost invisible wires above.
On the Foscarini stand, new pieces include Lightwing by Jean-Marie Massaud (above), which uses a wing or sail-shaped reflector to soften or direct the LED light source, and the bubble-like Yoko by Anderssen & Voll (below). Slamp has new lamps by designers including Nigel Coates and Zaha Hadid.
Oluce, one of the oldest Italian lighting companies, shows the Semplice lamp by Industrial Facility with a glass base wrapped round the beam of light, while Luceplan presents Ascent lamp by Daniel Rybakken, dimmed by pushing the shade down the stem.
The centrepiece of the Salone Ufficio office furniture exhibition is Jean Nouvel's Office for Living installation (below), where visitors have the sensation of being transported from a dark cylindrical hall into workspaces in a skyscraper, period house or converted industrial warehouse, depending on which door they choose to enter.
The installation also features a glimpse into the workspaces of designers including Philippe Starck and Marc Newson, and a new range of colour-changing furniture by Ron Arad (below).
SaloneSatellite is the area at Salone where the young designers and brands present their work to the industry. Our favourites this year were mostly lighting and included Studio Vit's ceramic lights with big bowls as reflectors (above), Samuel Treindl's cabinets from Ikea cut up to create lamps as extensions and Thomas Schnur's Rubber Lamps (below).
- Peter William Holden’s Frankensteinian… robots perform dance routines to music
- Dynasty Revival by Lane Crawford
- Pilke by Tuukka Halonen for Skandium
- ck IN2U bottle by Stephen Burks
- In a Room by Karen Ryan
- P’9521 mobile phone by Porsche Design
- Matthew Hilton at 100% Design
- The Recovery Lounge by Priestmangoode
- London by Meike Harde
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