Mirror Bomboca sofa by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades
Monolith table by Emmanuel Gallina for Poliform. Brand available locally at Studio Italia.
Circa Swivel chair by Bensen. Brand available locally at Tim Webber.

Denizen’s guide to all the best exhibitions and pieces from this year’s Milan Design Week

The world’s preeminent furniture event, Salone Del Mobile (Milan Design Fair) took place last week, transforming the global fashion capital into the ultimate design destination. Thousands of international exhibitors and events unveiled new pieces from iconic brands, groundbreaking ideas for sustainable design and promising up-and-comers who sought to stake their claim in the industry. Over the course of the week, a raft of exhibitions and pop-ups were scattered through every corner of Milan, with various satellite events touching on different themes and spaces, and something for everyone to marvel at or ponder over. 

This year’s event also marked the return of its biennial light show, Euroluce, in which luminaries from across the design realm put their brightest designs on display in a series of exhibitions that were visually arresting and creatively inspiring.

With the theme for this year’s fair being one of building connections and expanding reach, the organisers also introduced a new cultural programme led by architect Beppe Finessi and a team of respected industry experts which aimed to bring architecture, art, photography to the fairgrounds, to sit alongside (and enhance) the design. The additional programme also saw the opening of a temporary bookshop by Italian publisher Corraini by Formafantasma.

From the Fuorisalone (in the heart of the city) to the Salone Del Mobile (just outside the city centre) the vast and varied offering of this year’s Milan Design Week resulted in the emergence of some truly special pieces. Here, we round up the best of the best that was unveiled over the course of the week — pieces we can’t wait to get our hands on.

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Travertine buffet table

Travertine buffet table

Travertine buffet table

Travertine buffet table

SolidNature shoulder-tapped Sabine Marcelis as one of their collaborators for this year’s Milan Design Week installation (the second time the brand has worked with the designer at the fair, although the relationship extends back to 2019). Here, Marcelis wanted to create an object visitors could interact with so she designed a buffet table and bar made from travertine and glass, where the tops of the travertine base blocks extended up as serving platters. To complete the effect, she called on culinary artist Laila Gohar to load the table with a visually-arresting feast.

by Sabine Marcelis
for SolidNature

Disco Cocoon

Disco Cocoon

Disco Cocoon

Disco Cocoon

For its sixth year, Louis Vuitton presented new additions to its lauded Objets Nomades collection of inventive and functional furniture and design. This year, the collection included this Disco Cocoon by Fernando and Humberto Campana which took one of the first Objets Nomades ever created and transformed it into a remarkable artwork, covered in over 10,000 hand-positioned mirror tiles. Only available in a limited edition of eight, this piece epitomises Louis Vuitton’s singular design ethos.

by Fernando and Humberto Campana
for Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades

Cone lamp

Cone lamp

Cone lamp

Cone lamp

Marking Tom Dixon’s first ever showing at Euroluce, the designer’s exhibition, CHOICE, included unexpected combinations in floor lamps and chandeliers, table tops and textiles to offer a deeper, wider palette. New collections showing for the first time at Euroluce included new Puff pendants and chandeliers, Portables lights inspired by the iconic Melt, Bell and Stone designs, as well as Cone lights (pictured).

by Tom Dixon
Brand available locally at ECC

Knitty Lounge chair

Knitty Lounge chair

Knitty Lounge chair

Knitty Lounge chair

The attention-grabbing Knitty Lounge Chair epitomises comfort and luxury. Enhanced with a knitted fabric, woven in a chunky basket weave that provides a unique tactile sensation, the chair is available in multiple colours promises to be a conversation-starter in any space.

by Nika Zupanc
for Moooi
Brand available locally at ECC

Sunday curved sofa

Sunday curved sofa

Sunday curved sofa

Sunday curved sofa

For part of Poliform’s Milan 2023 entry, Flaviano Capriotti designed Sunday: a seating collection made of inviting and comfortable upholstered pieces, inspired by the day dedicated to rest. Here, the curved, asymmetrical sofas with seats of varying depth are designed to sit at the centre of the room, and help cultivate the kind of relaxed conviviality everyone wants at the end of the week.

by Flaviano Capriotti
for Poliform
Brand available locally at Studio Italia

Collection A table and chairs

Collection A table and chairs

Collection A table and chairs

Collection A table and chairs

Collection A, designed by Naoto Fukasawa⁠ for Kettal, consists of a stackable armchair with upholstered seat and backrest, and tables in three sizes: Home Deck, Meeting Table and Workstation, in natural and dark oak wood. The collection was born from the concept that chairs and desks made of solid wood are not very common in the office environment, but that they should be, given the way that solid wood can ground us and keep us connected to nature.

by Naoto Fukasawa⁠
for Kettal
Brand available locally at Studio Italia

Pallana lights

Pallana lights

Pallana lights

Pallana lights

This year, Moooi explored design, lifestylecand technology more extensively. The brand embraced physical and digital realities to create technologically advanced experiences that felt deeply personal. The Pallana Light by IDEO was one new piece unveiled. It is a suspended lighting fixture with  mechanically joined, classic shapes that create a dynamic and adaptable design, making it a playful task light. The ring lights can also be spun in different directions, to directly shine light on whatever might need illuminating.

by IDEO
for Moooi
Brand available locally at ECC

Installation and six act narrative for My Circuit lighting system

Installation and six act narrative for My Circuit lighting system

Installation and six act narrative for My Circuit lighting system

Installation and six act narrative for My Circuit lighting system

For 2023, Flos teamed up again with Michael Anastassiades for Six Acts, an installation/performance (curated by Fabio Cherstich)  built around the My Circuit lighting railing system.

by Michael Anastassiades
for Flos
Brand available locally at ECC

Rows sideboard

Rows sideboard

Rows sideboard

Rows sideboard

With linear forms and clear-cut symmetries, the Rows collection by Patricia Urquiola is a refined, artistic concept — geometrical and minimalist. Doors, side panels and table bases are both formal and decorative. The curved milled edge running the length of the surface is inspired by the nature morte of Amédée Ozenfant, a French writer and painter who founded the Purism movement.

by Patricia Urquiola
for Moroso
Brand available locally at Matisse

Marenco armchair

Marenco armchair

Marenco armchair

Marenco armchair

by Mario Marenco
for Arflex
Brand available locally at Studio Italia

Cloud pendant

Cloud pendant

Cloud pendant

Cloud pendant

Glass lighting brand Lasvit debuted a number of designs at Milan Design Week this year, including a cloud-shaped glass and light installation by Maxim Velčovský (the brand’s creative director). His word, Cloud, was the centrepiece of Lasvit’s exhibition, It All Comes From Above, and was a monumental and highly intricate installation that emulated the meditative experience of cloud-watching and drew on the historical significance of clouds to cultures throughout history.

by Maxim Velcovsky
for Lasvit
Brand available locally at Matisse

Endless modular sofa

Endless modular sofa

Endless modular sofa

Endless modular sofa

This modular sofa system by Benson boasts endless possibilities and infinite configurations. Its luxurious seat comprised of coils, memory foam, and fibre gives it the effect of a well-proportioned unit floating above the ground. Suitable for both residential and contract spaces.

by Bensen
Brand available locally at Tim Webber

Indoor-outdoor collection

Indoor-outdoor collection

Indoor-outdoor collection

Indoor-outdoor collection

For this year’s Design Fair, Studio Piet Boon welcomed visitors into the home of inside-outside. Designed to bring balance to modern life, the thoughtfully-composed décor here brought elements of the outdoors into the domestic space— and vice versa. Exterior and interior spaces merged into one harmonious whole, creating an ideal backdrop for the presentation of the new Piet Boon indoor-outdoor furniture collection.

by Studio Piet Boon
Brand available locally at ECC

Unveiling Allure O' Outdoor table and Flair O' Outdoor chair

Unveiling Allure O' Outdoor table and Flair O' Outdoor chair

Unveiling Allure O' Outdoor table and Flair O' Outdoor chair

Unveiling Allure O' Outdoor table and Flair O' Outdoor chair

B&B Italia expands its outdoor furniture collection with four brand-new products signed by outstanding international designers, including the Allure O’ Outdoor and Flair O’ Outdoor by Monica Armani. The Allure O’ Outdoor table keeps the graceful strength of the design of the indoor version, while the Flair O’ Outdoor chair is characterised by its lightweight aluminium frame completely covered with an interlacing of polypropylene ribbons created via a meticulous artisan process.

by Monica Armani
for B&B Italia
Brand available locally at Matisse

Camma table

Camma table

Camma table

Camma table

This sculptural Carrara marble table is composed of three legs, placed in the centre of its base, with an offset position. The design of the Camma table, named after a beautiful and brave woman from mythology, inspires serenity and generosity. Its three monolithic but voluptuous legs and it’s very large top suggest epicurean pleasures and make it the perfect centrepiece for any dining space.

by⁠ Marie C Dorner
for Ligne Roset

18 Pockets installation

18 Pockets installation

18 Pockets installation

18 Pockets installation

The culmination of six years of research, 18 Pockets offers a wondrous glimpse inside the minds of the Treviso lighting masters Giopato & Coombes, who are known for highlighting the magic of the immaterial. This installation was a combination of previous fixtures, combined into 18 one-of-a-kind combinations through an intricate system of weight and balance.

by Giopato & Coombes
Brand available locally at ECC

Spyder X pendant and Synapse table

Spyder X pendant and Synapse table

Spyder X pendant and Synapse table

Spyder X pendant and Synapse table

Henge returned to Fuorisalone to present its new collection in a completely renewed space. Highlighting the concept of timeless design the brand returned to some of its most renowned collaborators, including Massimo Castagna, whose new Spyder X pendant (the evolution of Henge’s iconic Spyder) offers a chic, industrial style, particularly when seen handing over the brand’s impressive Synapse Table.

by Massimo Castagna
for Henge
Brand available locally at ECC

Convivium new professional door in NTF natural oak and grooved handles in stainless steel

Convivium new professional door in NTF natural oak and grooved handles in stainless steel

Convivium new professional door in NTF natural oak and grooved handles in stainless steel

Convivium new professional door in NTF natural oak and grooved handles in stainless steel

Set in Arclinea’s new-look, Milan flagship and unveiled as part of the brand’s Drawing Better Connections presentation, the latest version of the Convivium kitchen was displayed as a warm and elegant design, comprised of an island with a stunning waterfall worktop and stainless steel sides that were complemented by its Era snack bar in natural oak. The warm, woody finish continues along the operative wall, which also features the Convivium new professional door in NTF natural oak and grooved handles in stainless steel. The living/snack bar wall features two new pocket systems — one as a dresser and one as a studio — showcasing the true versatility of this system. A tall glass unit includes doors with black varnished aluminium frames and Stopsol glass.

by Antonio Citterio
for Arclinea
Brand available locally at Matisse

Minotti Pavilion featuring new architectural fireplaces

Minotti Pavilion featuring new architectural fireplaces

Minotti Pavilion featuring new architectural fireplaces

Minotti Pavilion featuring new architectural fireplaces

The Minotti Pavilion at Milan Design Week was designed to immerse visitors into the experience of the brand. Offering a unique collision of Minotti’s expertise and its aptitude for building architectural scenarios, this space was the perfect setting in which Minotti unveiled its 2023 collection, which included the design signatures of Rodolfo Dordoni, Gordon Guillaumier, Marcio Kogan / studio mk27,
Nendo, GamFratesi and Inoda+Sveje.

by Minotti
Brand available locally at ECC

Plissé table design

Plissé table design

Plissé table design

Plissé table design

by Paola Navone
for MIDJ
Brand available locally at Sarsfield Brooke

Kashima sofa

Kashima sofa

Kashima sofa

Kashima sofa

by Michel Ducaroy
for Ligne Roset

Supermax Outdoor loveseat

Supermax Outdoor loveseat

Supermax Outdoor loveseat

Supermax Outdoor loveseat

This year, Flexform presented 16 new products at Milan — eight for interiors and eight for exteriors, choosing to highlight the idea of longevity (rather than focusing on everything new). An example of this was via the Supermax, for indoors and outdoors, offering an evolution of Max, the sofa originally designed by Antonio Citterio in 1983.

by Antonio Citterio
for Flexform
Brand available locally at Studio Italia

The ‘Loewe Chairs’ installation at Palazzo Isimbardi

The ‘Loewe Chairs’ installation at Palazzo Isimbardi

The ‘Loewe Chairs’ installation at Palazzo Isimbardi

The ‘Loewe Chairs’ installation at Palazzo Isimbardi

For its Milan Design Week showcase, heritage Spanish brand Loewe explored its playful side with a collection of artistic chairs, each woven with a ‘new’ material by an international group of expert craftspeople. From foil to shearling, the designs offered an unexpected choice of materials and colours, as they were scattered throughout the Palazzo Isimbardi.

by Loewe

ZigZag collection

ZigZag collection

ZigZag collection

ZigZag collection

USM invited renowned Swiss artist Claudia Comte to design a limited collection of modular furniture featuring her intriguing artwork. Comte’s black and white patterns are inspired by the rhythm of single structures creating dazzling surfaces that flow from their movement. The lines of the zigzag evoke a backward and forward motion that represents past, present and future times. Proceeds from this bespoke collection will support a social project in Jordan, bringing skateboarding and education to underprivileged boys and girls through the non-profit organisation Seven Hills.

by Claudia Comte
for USM
Brand available locally at ECC

Otto and Suro collection

Otto and Suro collection

Otto and Suro collection

Otto and Suro collection

by Marc Merck and Christophe Delcourt
for Tribù
Brand available locally at Dawson & Co.

Lignum et Lapis island

Lignum et Lapis island

Lignum et Lapis island

Lignum et Lapis island

Milan Design Week saw Arclinea present Drawing Better Connections, highlighting its approach to ethical design, through a series of initiatives, and a newly renovated space by Antonio Citterio, at the company’s flagship. Most prominent in the new-look Arclinea showroom was the Lignum et Lapis island. It presents an iconic design identity and features a refined but impactful worktop, made of polished Ecotone™ in New Era Nirvana colour — an innovative material made of bio-based resin, low crystalline silica content and recycled glass.

by Antonio Citterio
for Arclinea
Brand available locally at Matisse

Mateo table

Mateo table

Mateo table

Mateo table

Creative director Vincent Van Duysen has reimagined the dining room with a stunning new table: Mateo. Celebrated for his ability to create objects with enduring character while maintaining a clean, refined aesthetic, Van Duysen demonstrates this skill to great effect with a new table that is destined to turn heads at any dinner party.

by Vincent Van Duysen
for Molteni&C
Brand available locally at Dawson & Co.

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