Walter Knoll is known for timeless furniture pieces that are iconic in their own right, this year the historic German brand decided to bring all the pieces together at the 2018 Salone del Mobile. Along with introducing some new designs, of course.
May 15th, 2015
Walter Knoll furniture is the embodiment of classic design. For many years it has been crafting timeless pieces, with the chair often sitting as a jewel in the crown. This year, however, it was less about championing the individual items and more about creating a holistic environment titled Premieres 2018.
Visitors to the stand were invited to inhabit the world of Walter Knoll in an immersive and meticulously designed space. Just as each piece of Walter Knoll furniture considers every detail, so too was the stand, which was described as ‘quality interiors for living’. Naturally visitors were treated to the new pieces out on display, but rather than placing them on a pedestal, Walter Knoll went about creating an experience.
Offering a relaxed and casual vibe, the space showcased a combination of the elegant and formal furniture pieces for which Walter Knoll is known, along with more exotic introductions to its portfolio. The lynchpin of this more informal vibe came from the Badawi Pillows, which were created with the company’s hand-knotted carpets. Many of the pieces that make up Premieres 2018 offer a subtle reference to the orient.
Layers and levels of seating, from formal dining, right down to the cushions and carpets on the ground helped to create an unexpected and unique feel-good atmosphere. It was an authentic expression of the way people live in real life, all with well-crafted furniture.
Of course, what would a presentation at Salone del Mobile Milan be without new pieces of furniture to see firsthand? Showcased as part of Premieres 2018, two new designers joined the Walter Knoll ranks – Mauro Lipparini and Dai Sugasawa. As well as new pieces from long-time collaborators EOOS, and the Walter Knoll team.
Mauro Lipparini’s Onsa Chair is an elegant occasional chair that calls forth its inspiration from Japanese culture. When commenting on the Japanese influences, Mauro says, “’My Japan’ whispers a hushed aesthetic of poetically balanced lines whose subtlety encourages materials to express themselves – the driving force behind the Onsa Chair.”
Coming from the other new designer, Dai Sugasawa, is the Ishino Table. Organic in form, the set of coffee and side tables can work together or on their own. The design encapsulates the look of naturally-formed stones.
All of the pieces came together in a harmonious way for Walter Knoll’s latest showing at Salone del Mobile Milan.
Read our interview with EOOS, the Austrian designers who have been working with Walter Knoll for over 20 years.
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