It is the design event of the year for many designers and this year Senior Interior Designer, Rochelle Beligon took time out of her busy schedule to visit the 2019 edition of Salone del Mobile. Here are just some of the highlights for her.
This year’s edition of one of the most highly anticipated events on the design calendar, Salone Del Mobile, was marked by a dialogue between the past and the present. This was my second visit to the show and I was looking forward to experiencing a legacy of innovation and trend-setting designs and getting a glimpse of where the design industry is heading in the future.
Three days of walking and hundreds of images later I continued to be impressed by the genuine dedication of each and every designer, artist and craftsmen who contributed to this event. Their talent and creativity was inspirational.
There are more than two thousand exhibitors split between Salone Internationale del Mobile, The International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Euroluce, Workplace 3.0 and S. Project and, as expected, it was difficult to try to see everything and be able to have a comprehensive look at all the different brands and their products. I have selected just some of the products and brands that caught my attention.
One of the dominating themes is this year’s fair was that, despite the different origins of each of the brands, the core value of each design was all about the story behind the collection.
I was particularly inspired by the Fordite by Patricia Urquiola. Fordite is a byproduct of the car manufacturing industry and is a multicoloured enamel automotive paint which is then baked and polished until it resembles a jewel. Patricia Urquiola has integrated a similar approach to sustainability in the creation of these delightful rugs.
The lighting collections this year were inspiring and I was drawn to the Haeru by Nendo collection. Haeru, means to grow in Japanese and refers to the way that the tables and lamps appear to be growing out of each other. The basic structure of the object is made of a three-legged table with a built-in battery. Two of the legs are cut shorter, thus allowing the user to change and add light fixtures and tabletops depending on their preference.
Inspired by the pure shapes of organs and flutes, the spotlights in Flauta by Patricia Urquiola collection stands out thanks to a small circular reflector that captures and reverberates the light emitted. The cylindrical body of Flauta comes in three different shapes and is further enhanced by two relief textures which, combined with a choice of the available colours, allow for more degree of personalisation.
WireLine by Formafantasma is a lighting installation that can be positioned half way between art and industrial design. Flattened to resemble a belt made of rubber and hanging from the ceiling, the cable holds a ribbed glass extrusion containing an LED light source.
Here is a round-up of some of the other highlights:
by Rochelle Beligon, Senior Interior Designer