A selection of the most interesting furnishings to see in the Rho exhibition spaces, between craftsmanship and industrial innovation, projects with low environmental impact and transformative solutions that follow us in our domestic nomadism

It is difficult to summarize in a top 10 the interesting proposals and the incredible work of the over 1,950 exhibitors protagonists of the Salone del Mobile 2024.

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News united by great attention to the environment, in the most tangible and documented meaning of the term, by research, beauty, functionality, comfort, by exquisite artisanal savoir faire enhanced by hi-tech robotic arms, from the dream. Yes, because without the dream, without that tension that pushes entrepreneurs, designers and workers to create things that have never been done before, the Salone del Mobile, until Sunday 21 April at the Rho fair, would not be that maxi hotbed of ingenuity, design culture , experimentation, creativity and know-how so admired throughout the world. Never stop dreaming says Daniele Lago in his stand which from 2022 will be disassembled, reassembled and reused to reduce waste and CO2 emissions.

Aware of the impossibility of seeing everything, here is our selection - certainly not exhaustive and subject to improvement - of the most interesting furnishings to see at the fair.

Teseo chair and table by Michele De Lucchi and Amdl Circle for Roda
Hall 24, stand C02 C04

A collection in stitched wood, something never done before in furniture. It is Teseo by Michele De Lucchi with his studio Amdl Circle for Roda: outdoor dining table and chair made with teak slats, all different from each other, held together by a continuous stitching in hand-applied outdoor rope. A challenging project, the perfect synthesis of the combination of craftsmanship and industrial innovation, with the slats with faceted sides that look like pieces of art made one by one manually but are in reality worked with extreme precision thanks to five-axis CNC machines. For Antoniolupi, De Lucchi created three washbasins using the same technique.

Catifa by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper, 2024 re-edition
Hall 22, stand C21 D12

It is Arper's first chair and the company's best seller. Now the Catifa 53 seat designed by Lievore Altherr Molina in 2001 is re-edited in Catifa Carta, with a shell in PaperShell, a new material derived from wood waste studied by a Swedish start-up and used for the first time in the world of furniture. Catifa Carta is completely disassembled, composed of 29 sheets of paper coupled with a natural resin binder: the paper used to produce PaperShell comes from responsible sources and from the exclusive use of residues from Swedish wood production, such as sawdust, shavings and branches. The new, resistant and high-performance body of Catifa Carta absorbs carbon dioxide, as if it were a tree, and, at the end of its life, can be transformed into fertilizer for the soil.

Biosphere by Hsiang Han Hsu for Caimi
Hall 22, stand C23 D20

Caimi is among the (few) enlightened companies that invest in young people. In 2018 you spotted the talented Danish creative Felicia Arvid at SaloneSatellite, with whom you won the Compasso d'Oro in 2022 for the Klipper acoustic panel, and with whom this year you present the Cusi panel. While with the Taiwanese Hsiang Han Hsuun, another talent discovered last year by SaloneSatellite, the company has developed Biosfera, a recyclable sound-absorbing fabric that can be used as curtains, furnishing and wall coverings, embellished with jacquard workmanship and organic textures that evoke elements of nature.

Brando by Giuseppe Arezzi for Campeggi
Hall 22, stand H21

In his first collaboration with Campeggi, the young - but already seasoned - designer from Ragusa Giuseppe Arezzi, born in 1993, presents Brando, an interpretation of the folding, accordion-shaped camp bed in ash wood and fabric. A quick-change, compact, multitasking and ingenious piece of furniture that follows us and accompanies us in our nomadism. And he reminds us that design can be light.

Tacitus by Alessandro Stabile for Magis
Hall 22, stand D15 E14

“When looking at the cupboards, my eye could only fall on the hinges that internally allowed the doors to be opened: standard metal mechanisms that took away any refinement from the product,” says Alessandro Stabile. So after four years of prototypes, an invention patent, three injection moulds, an extrusion die, a bending mould, four thermoforming molds and two die moulds, the designer presents Tacito for Magis: "The doors are covered on the front -back in pressed recycled polyester felt, an aesthetic and technical element because it guarantees acoustic comfort and acts as a hinge. The hinge is placed in the center of the furniture and the closure is ensured by magnets hidden in the profile of the volume. The doors are made with the technology used for sound-absorbing panels: the covering is therefore not sewn subsequently with upholstery work, but is immediately part of the same industrial process of making the door. A bevel in the profile of the furniture makes it easier to grip: whether you are tall, short or a child, you will always find the most comfortable opening point for you."

Ernest by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform
Hall 9, stand A05 A09 B05 C06

Soft and deconstructed volumes inspired by a down pillow. It is Ernest by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform, a sectional and modular sofa, modular as desired, which with its generous, soft and sinuous silhouettes, invites us to abandon ourselves to a pleasant sensation of comfort. By combining the different elements, small or large, linear or L-shaped sofas are created, without ever losing the expressive strength of the project. A more fluid and organic way of understanding the design of space.

Arial by Studio Klass for Molteni&C
Hall 24, stand A09 C06 C10

Arial, like the pure, easy-to-read and universal typeface. It is the boiserie and door system by Studio Klass for Molteni&C, a passe-partout solution for designing tailored interiors. A flexible proposal capable of following and dressing every corner of the house with precision, which can incorporate flush and double-sided, pivot and sliding swing doors, equipped with ad hoc handles, hidden locks and magnetic magnetic latch, but also bookcases and screens. A tailor-made dress that can reach a height of four and a half meters.

Lauren by Antonio Citterio for Flexform
Hall 9, stand E05 E11

“It is an object for the outdoors that is reinterpreted for the indoors, thanks to the use of a material such as leather”, explains Antonio Citterio about Lauren, the open&close seat in turned and hand-finished solid wood. hand and leather covering, the result of Flexform's great craftsmanship. “The essence of the Lauren armchair is that of travel: it is a nomadic object that has within it the pleasure of moving, of exploring. A light and timeless structure”. The plus: the coherence between the setup of Flexform's Between the folds stand, made up of impalpable folds and wavy screens, and the company representatives present at the fair, dressed in tailor-made clothes in the same sandblasted and natural nuances as the products on display.

Supermoon by Giampiero Tagliaferri for Minotti
Hall 11, stand E15 G12 G16 E27 G22

Monumental, like every year, is the Minotti Pavilion, a true architecture on two levels created by the Minotti Studio on 4,500 square meters of exhibition space. Among the new features, the collaboration with Giampiero Tagliaferri, a refined interior designer born in Bergamo and based between Milan and Los Angeles, author of Supermoon, the modular seating system with Seventies glamour. A new, cosmopolitan, unconventional, fresh taste that of Tagliaferri, creative director for seven years of the Oliver Peoples eyewear brand, at his first Salone del Mobile and his first collaboration with an important brand in the furniture sector. Cherry on the cake? Tagliaferri's setup, complete with a soundtrack he studied, which catapults us into an eclectic interior full of contaminations from the 1950s to the 1970s, embellished with rosewood walls and carpet.

Venice by Monica Armani for Lago
Hall 24, stand E11-F6

Monica Armani, a highly experienced designer who began her career over thirty years ago as a furniture publisher, and who at the FuoriSalone presents, among her many new features, the expansion of the fortunate and highly refined Flair O' and Allure O' for B&B Italia(in via Durini), debuts in the Lago con Venezia team: “Seven products that pay homage in their name to the city of Venice, a crossroads of arts and cultures”, says the Trentino designer, “ such asthe Biza sofa which with its enveloping backrest recalls the domes of the Byzantine basilica of San Marco, the Altana sofa which references the typical terraces on the roofs of Venice, the Arenile carpet, the Alberoni and Correr tables, the Colombina and Aqualta”. The theater of the collection is the Good House, the sustainable stand inaugurated by Lago in 2022, which is reused every year to reduce waste and environmental impact. It is estimated that the totally recyclable structure with multi-year use allows avoiding up to 87 percent of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere compared to traditional stands.

In addition to the ten furnishings, a mention for the stands:

The Kartell stand
Hall 22, stand A11 B10 B15 C12 C18

In addition to the ten furnishings, a mention goes to the Kartell Milano Urban Horizons installation created by the art director Ferruccio Laviani, who over the years has delighted us with installations that crystallize in the memory like still images. A declaration of love for Milan: on 2 thousand square metres, the symbols of the capital of design, from the Scala to the Duomo, from the Triennale to the new skyscrapers, reinterpreted in the form of large graphic surfaces, compose a new urban skyline with a futuristic allure and act as background to the platforms on which the new products, the implementations of some product families and mini-settings are displayed.

Edra's stand
Hall 22, stand E15 E25 F16 F20

The queue of curious people to enter the stand. Because everyone wants to immerse themselves in the dreaming dimension of Edra. A stand imagined as a maxi black box in which inside the full-height mirrored surfaces dematerialize, multiply the points of view, allow different angles and the use of the products at 360 degrees. A wow-effect setup that we had already seen last year, which is reused, and this too is being sustainable. The novelties are works of great beauty, between art and design. As Silvana Annicchiarico writes, Edra “pursues an image policy that perfectly adheres to a product policy. It gives objects the status of artefacts capable of communicating with other codes or artistic languages, such as music, dance, theatre, video, words and poetry. It manages to convey to users the sense of a value that goes beyond ephemeral time."