There seems to be no stopping the Venetian designer Luca Nichetto. At least judging by the recent edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile where this acclaimed industrial designer who divides his time between his native Italy and Sweden, launched no less than 17 brand new products for 11 international labels such as Cassina, DePadova, Established&Sons and Foscarini to name just a few. Among those numerous tables, sofas, chairs or lamps, all of which bore Nichetto’s signature clean lines, bold colours and subtly witty and humorous character, there was also this gracefully simple and neat collection of concrete desk accessories. (more…)
Amidst the frenzy of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, Architonic’s editors met up with a number of prominent designers. In this film, 19 creatives including Erwan Bouroullec, Benjamin Hubert, Patricia Urquiola, Werner Aisslinger, Monica Förster, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Edward Barber, Luca Nichetto and designers of Claesson Koivisto Rune practice explain how they prepare for the fair, why it is important to be in Milan and how the show influences their work.
And if you’ve missed this year’s edition of Salone, follow the link below to view Architonic’s comprehensive photographic journey through Salone del Mobile, Salone Satelite, SaloneUfficio and Euroluce exhibitions.
'Mobili per Uomo' ('Furniture for Man') by Alessandro Mendini for Bisazza, 1997–2008
In the second of our series of four interviews with four leading design figures from this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, Architonic meets Alessandro Mendini – designer, architect, writer, theorist and all-round provocateur. Mendini, who turns 80 this year, discusses, among other things, the importance of irony, the increasing lack of polemic in design, and why certain detractors of the 1980s postmodern Memphis movement might be talking ‘bullshit’. (by Simon Cowell)
Italian design studio Archirivolto has collaborated with one of Germany’s leading contract furniture manufacturers Brunner, creating this lightweight monobloc chair called ‘Twin’ which was presented earlier this year at Milan’s Salone del Mobile. The curvilinear, stackable chair is made from the weather-resistant reinforced polypropylene and is available in multiple summery shades such as citrus, apple, ruby or sand, in a mesh or closed-shell structure version, and with or without armrests. (more…)
Stockholm-based contemporary Swedish designer Monica Förster has created a series of joyfully-coloured chairs called ‘Florinda’ for the Italian manufacturer De Padova. Presented during this year’s Salone del Mobile, the lightly-structured stackable design comes in solid beech finish which is juxtaposed with colorful seat, back and optional armrests. (more…)
'Kami' collection of pots and vases by ett la benn
Berlin-based design studio ett la benn has created a series of eco-friendly hand-moulded vases, pots and pendant lights which were presented at the ‘Poetry Happens’ exhibition at Ventura Lambrate in Milan. (more…)
'Beth' by Carlo Colombo for Italian manufacturer Oluce
Excuse me. Have you got a light? No? Well, maybe you should have visited this year’s edition of Euroluce, the international lighting fair that rides pillion with the Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobile. But not to worry. Architonic has made a selection of some of the show’s luminaries for you, so sit back and light up. (by Simon Cowell)
'Cathedral' sofa table by Nobu Miake and Design Soil
‘Souvenir’ presented at this year’s Salone Satellite is a creative collaborative project by product design students and their professors exploring the concept of compact, dismantable design of contemporary furniture. The playful yet highly functional collection exhibited in Milan was cleverly realised by 11 students from Kobe Design University in Japan.