OVERVIEW: One of the biggest names in design is Salone del Mobile in Milan, which returned for its 54th edition. More than 310,840 visitors walked through its doors at the Milan Rho fairgrounds, confirming the fair’s importance in showcasing the best of Italian and international furnishings.

The fair was divided into the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, SaloneSatellite, and the biennial Euroluce.

SaloneSatellite devoted its exhibition space to the theme of “Life Planet”, displaying the works of 700 young designers and four installations – Gravity, The Hidden Ingredient; HoneyFactory; Nesting Nature; and The Five Elements, The Garden Abstracted.

Euroluce highlighted the latest lighting technology products, with a focus on energy saving and sustainability.

WHAT: Salone del Mobile

WHEN: April 14-19, 2015

WHERE: Milan

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Architect Michele De Lucchi’s grand installation The Walk, situated at the Workplace 3.0 pavilion, was a never-ending pathway that wound around a manifold space made of thinking places, workshops, fitness rooms, meeting rooms and social areas. De Lucchi was aiming to convey the disintegration of the traditional office in the face of increased mobility and personalised technologies.

• The culturally rich In Italy was another significant installation at the fair. Curated by architect Dario Curatolo, 64 short films from select Italian companies and designers made up part of the display, and was later turned into a mobile app. The app explores five interior styles – in Lecce, Milan, Rome, Venice and Val d’Orcia – and allows users to interact with the objects and access company profiles.

• Unesco proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Fitting the theme, Ford presented the immersive Favilla, To Every Light a Voice installation to reflect its global design efforts. The installation, located at Piazza San Fedele, was by acclaimed architect Attilio Stocchi and featured a big black box that refracts light.

Stephanie Ip