In spite of forecasts of moderate to extreme cautiousness, in light of Europe’s economic woes, this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan and related outside events, which run from today through Sunday, have plenty to offer, whether it’s new furniture or reimaginings of classic pieces. Among the latter are Vitra’s recoloring of Jean Prouve’s Standard chair by Hella Jongerius (who worked with the Prouve family); Karl Lagerfeld’s photographs of iconic designs like Gio Ponti’s 699 Superleggera chair or Gerrit Rietveld’s famous Zig Zag chairs; and Barnaba Fornasetti’s reissue of his father Piero’s Architettura desk-cabinet in honor of the 100th anniversary of the artist-designer’s birth (along with a second wallpaper collection for Cole & Son, and scented candles and room sprays).
In the new-design arena, Kartell’s continuing collaboration with Philippe Starck has produced the sleek polycarbonate Uncle Jack sofa, made from what the company says is the largest mold of its kind. Foscarini‘s Yoko light, by the Norwegian designers Anderssen & Voll, has a delicate, soap-bubble-like synthetic shade. And the Swedish design collective Front is showing its delicate yet graphic Mikado wooden cabinet at Porro.
On the more artisanal side, the galley Nilufar showroom is presenting new work by a number of designers, including Massimiliano Locatelli, Bethan Laura Wood, Nucleo and Lindsey Adelman, who calls her Catch lights a “play between masculine language of strict rational brass structures” and “sensual feminine vulnerable glass forms.” Among the Dutch editor Thomas Eyck’s offerings at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, is the vinelike Hain ceramic console by RaR, the designers of the Schwarm beetle vases of 2011. The Japanese designer Oki Sato of Nendo seemed to be all over Milan last year, and this year is no different. Among his many works on view is the Patchwork Glass collection for Lasvit, which is being shown at the design gallery Dilmos. A hybrid of Bohemian cut glass and traditional sheet glass techniques, these forms are cut, flattened and remixed to achieve something that is not only different from Nendo’s usual cerebral aesthetic, but which also looks entirely new. And that’s enough to make any design aficionado’s heart beat faster.
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