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Milan 2011: A Preview of What to Expect at I Saloni

As I have mentioned numerous times before, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, also known as Milan Furniture Fair, is the fair that designers and suppliers look forward to the most among exhibitions of the same nature. During this fair all brands and designers showcase their latest designs and trends for the coming year. In this post I will show you a preview of a few of the items that will be highlighted at the fair.

This Fair, Vitra will introduce the new Tip Ton Chair, that was designed in cooperation with British design studio BarberOsgerby.
The rocking base of the chair allows dynamic sitting which stabilizes the spine and encourages blood circulation. I am definitely getting one of those. This chair is stackable, comes in many colors, and best of all moves with you.



FAVN is the Danish name for ‘embrace’ and will be launched at Republic of Fritz Hansen’s showroom in Milan on Corso Garibaldi, 77 during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011. The new sofa will be available to purchase from Republic of Fritz Hansen stores and selected authorized Republic of Fritz Hansen dealers from around the world as of September 2011.



Moon is inspired by the beauty of the light and shadow inherent in the moon. The moonlight is ephemeral light that is born and fades away momentarily; it is the finest expression of the universe. During the Milan Fair, Tokujin Yoshioka will present an exhibition Twilight that will take place at Moroso showroom during which he will launch his Moon chairs



Studying the physical nature of “Liquid Wood” material and its different visual and tactile properties to any other plastic, Doshi Levien was intrigued by the wood like depth and textural character of this material. He developed a molded chair whose form and identity is a direct response to the raw and special nature of this material.


Osso chair is designed by the Bouroullec brothers for Mattiazzi . Osso, meaning “Bone” is a solid wooden chair hand-crafted in combination with CNC technology.


‘Strip’ is a small armchair that takes its form from that of a bloomed flower. Created by Milan-based designer Fabio Novembre for Italian furniture manufacturer Casamania, the seat is born from a surface that — as he states –‘gently folds into itself, flowing outwards almost like that of a woman’s skirt with a slit running up its profile on one side’.



Designed by German designer Stefan Diez  for Wilkhahn, this chair looks really simple but has a long story to the manufacturing technologies used. It was first presented in Orgatec 2010 but will be showcased during Milan 2011 Fair by the designer himself.

This was introduced in Orgatec 2010 and really caught my attention due to its sleek design and convenience. The design for the SitTable understands this and caters to the needs of these divergent varieties. It allows for it to become a thinking place as well as a social meeting ground while creating new possibilities by mixing the limitless options of functionality.


This same seat was designed for Knoll 3 years ago. Designed by UNstudio ,My Lounge Chair continues and extends the formal qualities and spatial effects of the earlier MYchair, with the facet shapes of the chaise longue inspired seat echoed in the curves of the supporting frame.



Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka will present a series of clear acrylic furniture for Italian brand Kartell known as “Light the invisibles” which are a thinner lighter version of the collection presented in Milan 2010.


Inspired by retro cars, the dynamic silhouette has been realized in wood and polywood with metallic parts and high-resilience foam.


Italian lighting brand Fabbian will present a collection of pendant lamps covered in silicone tiles by London designer Benjamin Hubert . The tiles are manufactured from a flexible silicone polymer, which permits them to be curved around the metal frames, while being translucent.


The Piana chair is a new type of product for the Crusinallo-based company — it’s a folding chair produced under license with Parma-based company Lamm. Piana is made from polypropylene reinforced with fiberglass with A.U.V. additives and matte, anti-slip surfaces. Produced in six different colors, the seat has a synchronized opening and closing system that rotates about a single point. Designed by British architect David Chipperfield for Alessi.



L’Oiseau is a wooden bird sculpture by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra that offers a nod to the Eames House Bird. It is a simple bird with no function, just an accessory. Or perhaps a playfriend.



‘Rhizome’ is a pendant lamp designed by Paris-based Matali Crasset for Spanish brand Arturo Alvarez. Made from a single sheet of metal, the lamp’s form draws on that of a rhizomatic composition.



“The inner cup is the container to hold the liquid, the “outer cup” is former trough pins, creating a skin of air between your hot drink and your hands. The pins get smaller at the top of the cup towards the rim so you can feel with your lips if the drink is not to hot!”


BASKET is a seating family inspired by the intimate cozy feeling when sitting in a beach basket at the sea. It allows to different heights for the back.


The Yachiyo metal rug is handmade from galvanized steel wire rings in a Japanese chain mail design with twelve loops attached to every two central rings.

2 responses

  1. Great furniture designs being displayed in this page!
    Although with a different but highly fashionable style, we at Koket will also be displaying our products during the Milan Design Week. You can find out more about our furniture designs by visiting us at Torneria 2, Via Tortona 32 (Portugal Brands stand).

    April 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

  2. Aiden Wright

    Some great stuff here!
    We, Delightfull are also present at EUROLUCE, I SALONI and TORTONA this year. It is our utmost pleasure to be showing once more at this wonderful event! See you all there!


    April 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

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