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MILAN REPORT: Highlights from Salone del Mobile

We trek the fairgrounds at Salone del Mobile to bring you highlights from halls 16 & 20.

Kartell


BY janice

April 14th, 2016


Cassina

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Ex-S sofa by Philippe Starck and Utrecht armchair (right) in bespoke fabric by Bertjan Pot

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ZH One by Zaha Hadid

Volage EX-S is Philippe Starck’s latest project for Cassina. EX-S stands for ‘extra soft’, and the sofa with its comfortable single-cushion seat and wide armrest lives true to its name. Particularly striking too, were the colourful bespoke textiles by artist Bertjan Pot, which were specially conceived for the iconic Utrecht armchair. And given Zaha Hadid’s recent passing, it was wonderful to see Cassina release a preview of their project done in collaboration with the great architect – a nuanced re-interpretation of the cube called ZH One.

Cassina is available in Hong Kong at Cassina’s Hong Kong Showroom, G/F, The Ellipsis, 5-7 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley.

Glas Italia

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Layers bookshelf by Nendo

Over at the Glas Italia stand, we were particularly drawn to the Layers bookshelf designed by Nendo for its play of overlapping colours.

Glas Italia is carried in Hong Kong by Galbiati Arreda in Stile

Kartell

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Kartell’s stand at Rho Fiera

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Organic chair by Antonio Citterio

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H-horse by Nendo for Kartell’s new kids line

This year, Kartell has used its stand at the fairgrounds to communicate its company philosophy in a unique way. The display, titled “Talking Minds”, revolves around 11 boldy-coloured micro-environments, with each dedicated to a specific designer. Each room showcases the brand’s latest products, accompanied by the voice or ‘talking mind’ of the designer it has partnered with. New products include the Organic Chair by Antonio Citterio made from BIODURA, a material obtained from renewable raw materials, and a new kids line with the first collection designed by Nendo, Piero Lissoni and other well known names in design.

Kartell is available in Hong Kong through Lane Crawford, at E-Collection, and at Kartell, Homesquare, Shop 103, 138 Shatin Rural Committee Road, Shatin; Shop 1 and 2, G/F, Wyndham Mansion, 30-32 Wyndham Street, Central; G/F, Tiffany Tower, 199 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai.

Knoll

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Avio sofa by Piero Lissoni

Piero Lissoni is a master when it comes to elegant and simple designs. His latest collaboration with Knoll, the Avio sofa, is a play of contrast – metal structure against soft cushions – while the essential lines conceal complex workmanship.

Knoll is available in Hong Kong through Vanguard Interiors (HK) Ltd

Moroso

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Belt sofa by Patricia Urquiola

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Patricia Urquiola seated on the Belt sofa

Over at Moroso, Patricia Urquiola’s ‘open-source’ Belt sofa looked and felt extremely inviting. The structure is encircled in knitted belts while the ultra soft cushions are designed to bring one to a state of pure relaxation. The aluminium frame can be freely assembled, combining the different components to offer a variety of customisation possibilities.

Moroso is carried in Hong Kong by Lane Crawford and Materia Hong Kong Ltd

Kettal

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Riva collection by Jasper Morrison

For the outdoors, Kettal’s new Riva collection designed by Jasper Morrison is all about achieving ‘a certain atmosphere’ for an enhanced enjoyment of the outside environment. The teak plank construction ensures a good level of comfort and the collection is a complete one offering a good range of options.

Kettal is available in Hong Kong through colourliving

Magis

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Happy Endings by Jerszy Seymour

This year, Magis celebrates 40 years of bold ideas and innovation at the Salone del Mobile with a large tiered display that illustrates the past and present of the Italian company, from its latest products created by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic and Jerszy Seymour down to its most iconic designs.

Magis is available in Hong Kong at Homesquare, Shop 105, 138 Shatin Rural Committee Road, Shatin.