A selection of the most interesting furnishings to see in the Rho exhibition spaces, including masterpieces of high craftsmanship, experimental pieces and furniture with low environmental impact

With 2,173 exhibitors on 200 thousand square meters, the Salone del Mobile in Milan is finally back. A sixtieth edition that surprises, for the wealth of new proposals (not a foregone conclusion), for the optimism of the exhibitors (despite the absence of the Chinese and the delays in deliveries of pieces and raw materials), and for the power of narrations.

Impossible to see everything, we have tried to draw up a personal top 10, certainly not exhaustive, of the news relating to the furniture sector (kitchen and bathroom will have a separate study).

Atlante Light by Antonio Citterio for Flexform

More than a single product, the entire setting of Flexform should be mentioned, where the outdoor setting that smells of rosemary stands out, where it is possible to lie down among spontaneous plants and the olive trees.

Flexform this year, especially in the exteriors, where the approach is more light-hearted and free (cheers!), plays with color, like aquamarine combined with terracotta, expressing the joy of living en plein air.

Among the (many) novelties, we particularly liked the Atlante Light sunbed by Antonio Citterio, adjustable in various positions, stackable, light and easy to transport thanks to its maxi wheels, with die-cast aluminum structure, and seat and backrest in Batyline mesh, resistant to atmospheric agents, humidity, mold, chlorine and salt, but soft to the touch and texture material enhanced by mélange tones.

Living Box by Vincent Van Duysen for Molteni&C

A microarchitecture for the domestic landscape. It is Living Box by Vincent Van Duysen for Molteni&C, a scenographic container, low, large and without doors, with a top that can integrate cable grommets for TVs, electronic devices or lighting fixtures, and a showcase space to show objects of art or affection.

A novelty that Vincent Van Duysen describes as follows: "From the architectural structure and with a strong reference to the style of Gio Ponti, Living Box stands out for the particular use of materials and for the refined details.

Very modern and with a graphic appearance, this product is characteristic of the Italian artisan tradition and represents the key element of any living room. The numerous details, including the combination of materials and integrated lighting, make Living Box one of a kind".

Tea by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell

Ferruccio Laviani pulls out of his magic cylinder a lamp with an artisanal imprint, with irregular textures with a porous touch that seem hand-woven, but which is instead an industrial-scale production by Kartell.

"Tea is an object closer to a small table sculpture than to a conventional lamp, I was inspired by the artist Jan Arp, I hope it gives pleasure in looking at it to all those who decide to have it as a 'companion' at the table ", says the designer.

Tea celebrates mold-making technology in the lighting sector, comes twenty years after the success of Take, and as Take wants to be a lamp democratic, with an affordable price of 150 euros.

The plus: Tea is made of recycled thermoplastic technopolymer.

Net Lounge by Raffaello Galiotto for Nardi

A fluid profile like the waves of the sea. Raffaello Galiotto, who collaborates with Nardi in practice since the company was born, over 30 years ago, has scored another success maestro with Net Lounge, a relax armchair for the outdoors, in completely recyclable fiberglass polypropylene.

As in his style, the designer from Vicenza carefully studies every detail to accommodate the body in an ergonomic way: the lowered seat and the inclination of the backrest are designed to favor the distribution of body weight, the shell is light and breathable (a feature that comes in handy in summer) thanks to a pattern with square and radius holes distributed continuously on the three-dimensional surface which is opaque, slightly rounded and pleasant to the touch.

The plus: the practical towel holders ideal for sunbathing and for the post dip in the pool, and the variety of cheerful and carefree colors, from willow to mustard and coral.

Aeeri by Peter Kunz for Arper

At the Salone del mobile 2022 there is a strong trend regarding tables, which can be bold and thick or, on the contrary, ultra-thin, with millimeter tops often combined in material and chromatic contrast with the legs.

An example of the ultraslim tables is Aeeri by Peter Kunz for Arper, only one millimeter thick, made with a single sheet of folded steel. Finished in black, white or red painted steel, the top is combined with metal legs, available in two heights, for an industrial look, or with legs in European oak wood, FSC certified, in a natural or black finish.

Aeeri is an exercise in efficiency: built with only five lightweight and sustainable components, its packaging has also been designed to be as thin as possible, thus reducing the environmental impact in the shipping phase.

Designed to last as long as possible, when its life cycle comes to an end, Aeeri can easily be disassembled for recycling.

Ticino Chair and Aero D by Shibuleru for Living Divani

Carola Bestetti, as we know, is one of the sharpest talent scouts around. Some time ago he hired in his team Lukas Scherrer from Shibuleru, a Swiss designer (with experience in Palo Alto) who this year it presents the Ticino Chair and the Aero D desk: we like the first because it is an emotional piece, as well as being an expression of Living's engineering skills Divani, because it reinterprets the small farm chair owned by Lukas' grandmother, which the designer still has with him in Zurich.

An updated seat with a more contemporary silhouette, without visible screws, with the wood carved with numerical control machines and the seat in hand-woven paper threads as it once was.

The second, the Aero D desk, is the evolution of the Aero family, born from Lukas' pencil as simple vertical and horizontal lines, and then made with a constructive system derived from aerospace, with alveolar shelves all internal, stable and without twisting but very light, just like the partitions of airplanes.

Se | eS by Carolina Gismondi and Daniele Moioli + Stellar Nebula by BIG for Artemide

It is not the year of Euroluce, but Artemide brings to the Salone, in the S-Project space, all its novelties, carrying on the will of the great Ernesto Gismondi, founder of the brand who passed away in 2020, to support and participate in the fair.

We would like to mention all the projects of the company from Pregnana Milanese, but space does not allow it, so we mention two of them: the first, more than a project, is a passage generational, with the debut as designer of Carolina Gismondi, 32, daughter of Ernesto Gismondi and Carlotta de Bevilacqua, who in tandem with Daniele Moioli, Gismondi's right arm for many years, presents the lamp-mirror Se|eS, a spatial palindrome that illuminates and reflects creating illusionist perspectives.

The second project we mention is Stellar Nebula by BIG, a lamp with a particular dichroic finish that is a real unique piece made in series, because the master glassmaker shapes the glass and gives the sphere an always different and unrepeatable shape.

A project that reflects on the limits, values ​​and roles of industrial and artisanal production, to combine them in a solution that makes uniqueness and seriality coincide.

Kula by Michele De Lucchi for Zanat

A great strand of the Salone del mobile is the story of craftsmanship, the recovery of endangered techniques and age-old knowledge kept by (now a few) connoisseurs.

An example is the Kula totemic cabinet by Michele De Lucchi for Zanat, a Bosnian company that carries out unique high-end cabinet-making.

We recommend visiting their stand (in hall 15), not only for the new products, but above all for the live demonstrations of carving wood.

Minotti and the new collaboration with Inoda + Sveje

Among the novelties at Minotti, exhibited in a monumental pavilion of 3400 square meters, the new collaboration with the Japanese-Danish duo formed by Kyoko Inoda and Nils Sveje.

The mixture of Scandinavian style, Japanese purity, and made in Italy elegance and craftsmanship is interesting. The couple, together in life and work, presents many new projects that tell the refined Nordic Japanisme, including the contained and organic Lars seats, Sendai and Yoko (the latter also in the outdoor version).

Tribù by Paola Navone for Caimi Brevetti

"Four colored sound-absorbing elements with geometric shapes make up large silent masks on the walls with a somewhat tribal and a little pop image. As in a curious theatrical performance, they interact with each other while having fun capturing sounds and noises".

This is how Paola Navone tells Tribù for Caimi Brevetti, sound-absorbing panels with a high charge expressive, with four elements to combine to create different shapes, to capture noise and personalize the walls with an anthropomorphic and symbolic presence, which protects us from the noise and becomes a life partner.