Last week, Milan was buzzing once again with all things design for the 58th edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Held April 9-14, the 2019 fair drew nearly 400,000 visitors from over 180 countries to the halls of the Fiera Milano exhibition center, which were packed with new contemporary furnishings from some 2,400 exhibitors. Likewise, these visitors descended en masse on Italy’s capital city for dozens of off-site events, many tied into new product launches. Wifijerez was there, with all eyes on the new and noteworthy. Here are 15 of our favorite furnishing finds.
1. BuzziDee by BuzziSpace
The upholstered BuzziDee from BuzziSpace is more than just a cute pouf in assorted colors—its simple lightweight, rounded foam body hides sound-absorption technology geared towards the open-plan workspace.
2. Embrace by EOOS for Carl Hansen & Søn
An armless upholstered solid wood dining chair with minimalistic form and linger-worthy comfort joins the Embrace collection by EOOS for Carl Hansen & Søn.
3. Lara Bohinc for Kasthall
Motifs from Japanese zen gardens—think a graphic take on rocks, gravel, and rippled sand —were the genesis for a collection of rugs, wall hangings, and accessories by Lara Bohinc for Kasthall. West of the Sun, shown above, is one of two hand-tufted wool rugs.
4. Vitrine by Daniel Rybakken for Panasonic and Vitra
TVs are notoriously unattractive—something designer Daniel Rybakken aims to change with the transparent Vitrine. A collaboration between Panasonic and Vitra, the OLED TV appears to be a wood-framed pane of glass, with no visible front or back.
5. Vlinder sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra
A duvet-like fabric cover with a colorful woven textile in a multitude of weave patterns forms the carefully draped body of the Vlinder sofa by Hella Jongerius, also from Vitra.
6. Band by Patricia Urquiola
A new take on the club chair, Band by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal is available in low and dining typologies—both effusing a strong, confident presence.
7. Wellbeing by Ilse Crawford for Nanimarquina
Capturing the essence of lived-in beauty, the Wellbeing collection by Ilse Crawford for Nanimarquina consists of rugs, cushions, a throw, a wall tapestry, and an indoor hammock woven from natural fibers.
8. Meeting Point by Luca Nichetto for Sancal
With Meeting Point’s round upholstered seats supported by a steel frame, public interactions are achieved with grace. Designed by Luca Nichetto for Sancal, the system is a tribute to the Turati subway station in Milan.
9. JH97 by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen
To dream up the curved frame and cushions of the JH97 lounge chair for Fritz Hansen, Jaime Hayon pondered the pelican, nature-engineered for flight.
10. Héra by Patrick Jouin for Pedrali
Fluidity of form is carefully contained within armrests of bent wood and a slim padded seat in the Héra chair by Patrick Jouin for Pedrali.
11. Gogan by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso
For the soft curves of the Gogan sofa for Moroso—distinguished by two sculptural columns in its back—Patricia Urquiola drew inspiration from stones in Japan smoothed by water, wind, and time.
12. Naturae Bark by Francesco Maria Messina for Cypraea
Naturally-treated bark clads the solid walnut Naturae Bark sideboard and cabinet by Francesco Maria Messina for Cypraea. Underneath, legs are solid bronze—hand-cast from real branches. Part of a limited-edition collection that draws from the natural beauty of the tiny island nation of Mauritius, the pieces were shown at the Rossana Orlandi gallery.
13. Below The Heavens by Ini Archibong for Sé
“It’s a bit like a grounded cloud,” says designer Ini Archibong of his Oshun sofa, a piece in the Below The Heavens collection for Sé, shown at Rossana Orlandi gallery.
14. Heco by Nendo for Flos
With a barely-there stainless-steel frame holding a blown-glass globe in place, Heco by Nendo for Flos is a table and lamp in one intended for the outdoors.
15. Turner by Gianfranco Frattini for Poltrona Frau
Poltrona Frau reissued a three-shelf swivel bookcase, first introduced in 1963 as Modello 823. Designed by the late Gianfranco Frattini, the birch plywood, walnut, leather and steel Turner has adjustable dividing panels for easy customization.
Read more: Full Coverage of Milan Design Week 2019