‘Mikado’ cupboard by Front for Porro
At the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italian design brand Porro will be showing a stand designed by Piero Lissoni, an open-plan ‘villa’ with flowing spaces with a unifying theme, the play of solids and voids. One of the new products to be shown in that stand illustrates the theme well, the ‘Mikado’ cupboard by Sweden’s Front Design.
'Surface Tension Lamp' by Front for Booo; photo courtesy of Front
Late afternoon on Sunday, just prior to our departure from the sun-drenched Milan, we have paid a visit to what without a doubt was one of the most inspiring and eclectic exhibitions to take place as part of Fuorisalone during this year’s Salone del Mobile fair. The place we have in mind is Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Tucked away behind a green courtyard, in a picturesque building in the Magenta Neighbourhood, the two-storey shop and an adjacent exhibition space were once again transformed into a kaleidoscope of beautiful, unique and frequently curious objects. Beautiful, unique and decisively curious also happens to fit perfectly when describing the latest light bulb devised by the Swedish design group Front for a new Dutch company, Booo. (more…)
"Inlay" collection designed by Front for PORRO
We associate it with Louis XVI, art nouveau furniture and the wall decorations of clubhouses, but when we talk about it we are generally referring to something quite different…
'Front around the clock' by Porro
In the Porro showroom in Via Durini 15 in Milan, the Italian manufacturer is currently presenting this new wall clock, designed by the Swedish designer quartet Front. ‘Front around the clock’ is made from a metal disk with a diameter of 55cm. The 12 hours are applied perpendicularly to the base and are only legible by their shadows cast on the white surface.
super normal: 'Bac' chair by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini
“Super normal” is normal
At times of crisis many manufacturers go back to basics, and the design principle of the “super normal” propagated by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morisson has become the answer for products when times are hard. No more focus on elaborate experiments with design and form. The aim is no longer to be noticed whatever the cost – instead the objective is to become part of scene as unobtrusively as possible. Delicate new interpretations of the archetypical chair were to be seen in large numbers and are intended to ensure healthy sales figures without long development times. The reason for this trend is that the “super normal” (almost) always adapts itself to its surroundings, whether these are in private households at the kitchen and dining table or for commercial purposes such as the restaurant or waiting room…
Cushion sofa by Front for Moroso
“Applied graphics” as an eye-catcher for furniture were a prominent feature in Milan, for example the surprise effects in the designs of Front for Moroso. Draped covers or soft cushions are printed as photo-realistic graphics on furniture upholstery.
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