The Amazing Salone del Mobile: has been one of the leading design events since its first edition in 1961. Every year, the city of Milan bursts with creativity and innovation thanks to this incredible event. From Italian interior designers to galleries and craftsmanship, be sure you don’t miss a thing.
> The Fair
Launched in Milan in 1961 as a vehicle for promoting Italian exports of furnishing and accessories, the Salone del Mobile is the global benchmark event for the furnishing and design sector. The Salone is held in Milan in April every year, during Milan Design Week, along with the biennial Euroluce exhibition in odd years and EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Exhibition in even years, and in tandem with the annual International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition and Workplace3.0.
> Italian Luxury Brands
The Roberto Cavalli Group, controlled by Italian investment fund Clessidra SGR, is one of the most important Italian companies operating in the luxury fashion, accessories and lifestyle sectors. Founded in the Seventies, when fashion designer and entrepreneur Roberto Cavalli launched the namesake brand, the Group currently operates a wide portfolio of internationally established labels positioned in the different segments of the high-end offering.
Being one of the biggest names in the Italian luxury brand‘s world, Roberto Cavalli Interiors has a regular presence at Salone del Mobile. In 2018, the brand joined the Tahiti chaise longue to its permanent collection after the chair’s success at the 2017 edition of the event.
The rich Fendi Casa catalog contains furnishings for every area of your home. Seamlessly integrating modern advancements with retro details, the collection adds an elegant and inviting ambiance. This year, the incredible luxury brand will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Salone del Mobile!
Bugatti Home Collection describes the elegant and extraordinary lifestyle originated from the artistically inspired environment of the Bugatti family since the beginning of the 20th century. Under the guidance of Bugatti Design and in collaboration with Etienne Salome, head of Bugatti Interior Design, the Italian architect Carlo Colombo studied and carefully reinterpreted the brand’s DNA to create some unique pieces of furniture, which are manufactured and distributed by Luxury Living Group.
Among the original progenitors and standard-bearers of Italian furniture design—the intrepid canaries when home furnishing was little more than a utilitarian cave—Zanotta has carved out an all but untouchable place in the ranks of contemporary luxury. The first to grace its catalog with works by some of the industry’s boldest names, in sixty years Zanotta’s amassed a veritable pantheon of award-winning designs, with almost a fifth residing in permanent museum displays.
Moroso has been working in close collaboration with some of the world’s most talented designers to produce luxury sofas and seating since 1952. Today the company is headed by the second generation of the Moroso family- Roberto, the CEO, and Patrizia, the Art Director,- and is an example of how a small Italian artisan-owner company has evolved since it was run until the nineties by Agostino Moroso.
> Other Luxury Brands
Bentley furniture and homeware design inspired by the time-honored craftsmanship and material selection that characterize Bentley’s car interiors. Now you can live the way you drive, with a new range of handmade furniture inspired by the techniques, the materials and the finishes that characterize Bentley’s renowned car interiors. Bentley Home is a partnership between Bentley and Club House Italia, the artisan furniture designer.
Since 1895, founder Daniel Swarovski’s mastery of crystal cutting has defined the company. His enduring passion for innovation and design has made it the world’s premier jewellery and accessory brand. Today, the family carries on the tradition of delivering extraordinary everyday style to women around the world. At Salone del Mobile, the brand will showcase their incredible home collection previously seen in Paris.
Each Roche Bobois piece has its own unique personality, combining the talent, boldness, and inventiveness of a designer, with your own style and creativity. Whether you prefer a subtle customization or a thorough one, the brand offers a choice of shapes, colors, leathers, woods and finishes that make each furniture piece unique, exclusive and truly Designed for You. Make sure you visit their incredible stand at Salone del Mobile.
Tom is a restless innovator who works mainly in lighting, accessories, and furniture. From his departure point in the early eighties, he has constantly reinvented himself through a series of different design lives – working with luxury Italian goods with Cappellini, Creative Director at Habitat and Artek, creating Plastics company Eurolounge and finally instigating his own eponymous brand in 2002 to rethink the product designer’s relationship with industry.
> Italian Interior Designers
Spanish by birth, and Italian by choice, Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain and studied architecture in Madrid before graduating from the Milan Politecnico in 1989. She is one of the most coveted interior designers in the world and the keywords for her work are rigor and emotion, innovation and mental comfort. She was mentored by some of the masters of Italian industrial design: Achille Castiglioni oversaw her graduate thesis, and Vico Magistretti, with whom she designed her first projects. She learned her craft in Italy and opened a studio in Milan in 2001, where she has developed a truly global enterprise. At Salone del Mobile, she showcases her work and collaborations with other brands, like with Kartell.
Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran invested in their individual experience with the profession and study of Design, Art, and Fashion, and founded DIMORESTUDIO in 2003. Since that moment, they have designed and carried out every project in a personal and recognizable way: objects created by historical design masters live together with reclaimed materials and other “bespoke” objects to create and forge a particular atmosphere. A timeless visual and emotional pathway.
Besides his architecture career alongside Patricia Viel, Antonio Citterio has an amazing path as a designer. In the 2018 edition of Salone del Mobile, the designers shined with his special collections with B&B Italia. That collaboration has repeated itself once again, being presented at the Salone del Mobile 2019 edition.
> Other Interior Designers
Zaha Hadid Design
Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD) was established in 2006 by Zaha Hadid and operates under the leadership of Co-Directors Woody Yao and Maha Kutay. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary design, ZHD implements the latest technological and material advancements in design, in collaboration with the world’s most respected brands. The brand has been showcasing at Salone del Mobile for several years, continuing to wow visitors with its amazing design.
Jean Nouvel is one of the most innovative influential architects of our time. Throughout his career, the French architect has created plenty of astonishing projects, such as museums, concert halls, theatres, and hotels. His atelier is one of the largest architecture practices in France, with a team of skilled professionals.
With a differentiating signature style and over 40 years of experience, Kelly Hoppen is clearly an icon and one of the most celebrated interior designers in the world. Through the years, she has received multiple awards, been featured in numerous publications and collaborated with several selected brands. Based in London, Hoppen is known for the idea of giving the most personalized and proper interiors for the client’s lifestyle.
Throughout his career, Pesce’s exuberant work has experimented with color and industrial materials like polyurethane foam, resin, and plastics. Recent projects have been inspired by natural forms, like a couch that looks like a mountain range and tables that call to mind bodies of water (complete with miniature beaches and islands). But perhaps his most radical innovation is the combination of social commentary and design. Pesce’s brings his collectible design pieces to Salone del Mobile, showing Italy’s strong connection with craftsmanship.
Fornasetti’s ‘Theme and Variations’ have come to comprise hundreds of transformations, alterations, ironic re-imaginations and decorative re-interpretations over the years. The artist deployed his infinite imagination towards Cavalieri’s melancholy eyes and plump lips, adapting the face to be framed in a variety of surreal scenarios and situations. This amazing interpretation has taken Italian craftsmanship across the globe.
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