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Design Nation reports back from Salone del Mobile

Get the complete low-down from Design Nation of all the latest and greatest pieces to be shown at Salone del Mobile this year. Expect strong colours and forms and plenty of quirkiness in between.

Design Nation reports back from Salone del Mobile

Philo lounge by Saba.

An Italian design event like no other, Salone del Mobile is the culmination of many long-time collaborations, experimental processes and a verifiable monitor on where design is heading. Here is everything the Design Nation team discovered.


Combining solid wood with metal tubing, design studio Form Us With Love created Atal, a family of items based on a single wooden shell that encompasses a lounge chair, stools and various models of stackable chairs.

Also launched by Alki is the brand’s newest pieces with Iratzoki & Lizaso Studio. This follows a two-year collaboration to create Lan, an office chair that harnesses the ergonomic nature of the working environment, which blends with the warmth and emotions that the Alki brand conduces. The shape and choice of materials sit seamlessly together to create a sophisticated and meticulous aesthetic.



This year Billiani collaborated with architect Cristina Celestino who led the creative direction behind the stand design and the Billiani rebrand. For 2019 Billiani launched the Fitt Classic designed by Victor Carrasco, which combines a sculptural ash seat with a variety of base options.



For Ethimo, the Salone del Mobile 2019 is a new story of life in the open air, above all in its collaboration with Paola Navone and the Rafael collection. These new pieces offer a versatility of nature that transpired as a material substance, a disconnected shape, or an unexpected aesthetic and functional balance. This edition of design week also featured many of the collaborations that Ethimo has developed over recent years.



Presenting its 24 colours of life, Fermob exhibited its 2019 news in various settings throughout its stand at Salone del Mobile. Featuring earthy tones of the new Red Ochre, mixed with feature blues and greens including the new Acapulco Blue, Fermob used these pops of colours throughout the space as well as featuring them across its lighting and new stool models.



Infiniti presented its 10th anniversary at Salone with its Infiniti Woodland collaboration with Stefano Boeri Architetti. Paying tribute to the balance between mankind and nature, the new icons were nestled in between wooden pillars, representing the natural environment while honouring Infiniti’s dedication to safeguarding our environment. Infiniti welcomes Sicla to its collection, designed by Claus Breinholt, the comfortable, thin shell sits with a variety of base options. Also launched is Bombom, designed by Favaretto & Partners, which features a soft, smooth and fluffy shape and is the epitome of everything you’d expect from an armchair.



Staying true to its fun and playful brand ethos, Miniforms presents a new collection in a range of soft and energic colours, shapes and designs. Launching the Botera armchair by Italian architecture firm E-ggs, the modular pieces create a dynamic seating environment. Also launching for the Miniforms collection is the Mitilo armchair by longtime collaborator – Milan-based design studio Skrivo Design.



Creating a ‘Palace of Wonders’ Milanese architectural studio Calvi Brambilla partnered with Pedrali to present its 2019 news. Showcased in an elegant and minimal space, new items were presented in a sequence of real rooms, which created individual interiors and highlighted the different contexts of their use; a hotel, restaurant, bar, living area, library, office and meeting room. With graphic details, the sets created ‘frames of life’ presenting ten new products and giving character to some of its iconic pieces.




With several pieces on show in 2019, Plank presented the new Fila table by Konstantin Grcic, Land Lounge soft and Land Ottoman by Naoto Fukasawa, Cup Lounge chair and table by Konstantin Grcic. All these pieces were presented in a clean and sophisticated stand, highlighting the sculptural and elegant shape of all of the 2019 pieces.



New finishes and updated configurations were the features for Punt at the 2019 Salone del Mobile. Changes in compositions for Malmo and Stockholm added interesting new textures and options for these resolved pieces, giving storage systems a welcomed update.



Saba’s 2019 Salone exhibition was set within an inspirational stand of colours, textures and finishes. The stand set the scene to launch the Baby Geo, Ola, and Philo ranges. Designed by Marco Zito, the Philo armchair and sofa has an elegant and simple form highlighted by the design’s interplay of lines and colours. The metallic frame hugs and delicately supports the upholstered surface of the seat shell giving life to the series in both workplace and residential environments.



Launching its fresh rebrand, Schwung also presented the new Stirling and Odyssey series to the collection. Available as a chandelier, pendant, wall sconce and table lamp, the Odyssey is an elegant and sophisticated addition to the Schwung family. Also on exhibition was the new Stirling pendant in its simple and classic shape.



Presenting with a strong colour palette representing spring, Torre showcased its collection of chairs, armchairs, screens and seating systems. New to the 2019 range was Adima, and Kesy XXL, which were both presented for the first time at this year’s Salone del Mobile.



Celebrating its 10th year at Salone del Mobile Milano, German brand Zeitraum launched Friday Night, a bed series which is an evolution to its Friday armchair and lounge series. Designed by Formstelle, the extension of the family brings a sense of cosiness and soft upholstery from the living environment into the bedroom space. Also complementing the Zeitraum collection is a new mirror and table series with further details soon to be revealed.


Zilio A&C

For Zilio A&C, 2019 introduces three new products to the collection all while celebrating the key elements that define the design of its products — form and colour.

The brand’s collaboration with London-based designers Mentsen was presented with the Kinoko lounge chair. The soft curves of upholstered cushions are closely framed with slab-like wooden armrests and straight column legs.

2019 also welcomes two young design studios into its family of design partners, with German designer Peter Otto Vosding presenting Sledge: wall-mounted coat hooks with a simple and clean visual language. Another new item on show was Hug – a collaboration with TA Design Studio, co-founded by designer Chung-yen Chang and Tian Jin in Milan – the upholstered dining chair has an enveloping line that forms the armrest and front legs.


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