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Milan 2013: Best of New Furniture I

Giving you a succinct summary of the best furniture released at this year’s Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week is a daunting task. An overwhelming amount of furniture and products are released in Milan each year – there are over a thousand exhibitors at the purpose built fairground in Rho, not to mention a whole series of events in the heart of the city and other alternative events in Ventura Lambrate and Zona Tortona. Having said this, I’ve never been the one not to step up to the challenge. Here are some new and re-released products that stood out this year…Part I:

01// Danish designer Nina Tolstrup used end-of-line Marc by Marc Jacobs fabrics to create sofas, daybeds, chairs and tables for London design gallery 19 Greek Street. Re-Imagined project builds on the designer’s interests in usefulness and re-using the existing, and seeeing the potential in the overlooked and forgotten.

02//Just Black‘ collection from various designers (Claesson Koivisto Rune, James Irvine, Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Maddalena Casadei, Naoto Fukasawa, Ross Lovegrove, Thomas Sandell) for Marsotto Edizioni. This collection, usually made from white carrara marble, was reissued in “Nero Marquinia”(black marble) giving the pieces a more mysterious and sharper edge. Photo © Miro Zagnoli.

03// Labyrinth chair by Studio Job for Moooi. I really love the way the

designers worked on the fabric and the chair at the same time. In this case – neither the chair nor the fabric would work as well without the other. It’s a perfect partnership.

 04// 14/28 Cupboard by Ron Gilad for adele-c. “While creating pieces for Adele-C, I allowed myself the freedom to play with extreme irony and scale while maintaining the balance between the useful and the abstract; going all the way to the edge of the cliff but not jumping off.”

05// TT side table by Ron Gilad for adele-c. Super refined and impossibly thin table is made from painted steel available in three colours. The name is an abbreviation of Tray Table – a tray that becomes a small table, a horizontal surface that seems to fly inside a metal cage.

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06// Slovenian industrial designer Niko KRALJ designed his legendary Rex chair, now part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York. Ranking among such international industrial design legends as Charles and Ray Eames or Alvar Aalto, Kralj received numerous awards and honors for his work. Today, his pieces are considered design classics.

 07// Besides the famous Rex chair, Niko Kralj also designed the Mosquito chair. Although this chair was designed in 1953, it has never been put into production until 2012.

 08// Element table by Tokuyin Yoshioka for Desalto was inspired by crystal structures The top appears to balance precariously on angled stands defying the odds of gravity.

09// Malmo based studo Andréason & Leibel showed a number of fantastic new products this year. My top pick would be this Babylon Tower Desk inspired by the sixteenth century painting by Bruegel.

10// Let’s keep going with the ombré for a moment. Bikini Wood timber chairs by Werner Aisslinger for Moroso in most delicious morphing colours. What’s not to love?

11// Stockholm-based design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has collaborated with Italian furniture company Tacchini 
to develop ‘Kelly’ family of chairs. The pieces are influence by the work of American painter Ellsworth Kelly, featuring bright colors and irregular shapes seen in the artist’s abstract sculptures. What’s not to love about a beautiful and elegant chair that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Keep reading: Part II

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