OVERVIEW: It’s no secret the Salone del Mobile in Milan is one of the most important and prestigious furniture fairs in the world, making it almost a crime to miss one. This year marked its 55th anniversary with impressive figures: more than 2,400 exhibitors and more than 372,150 attendees.

The extensive list of exhibitors featured industry heavyweights such as Moooi, Republic of Fritz Hansen, and Kartell. High-end fashion brands also flocked to the event, including Armani/Dada, Fendi Casa, and Loewe.

Major exhibition zones included the Salone Satellite, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, the biennial EuroCucina, FTK (Technology for the Kitchen), and the International Bathroom Exhibition 

WHAT: Salone del Mobile Milano
WHEN: April 12-17, 2016
WHERE: Milan

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The “Before Design: Classic” exhibition-event, directed by Ciarmoli Queda Studio, reflected on the essence of modern living through mediums that included a short film, displays, and theatrical installations. Visitors walked through eight rooms, each with its own focus and concept: Theatre, Convivium, Music Room, Ghost Room, Mirabilis, Light Room, Liberty Room and Shadow Room.

  • Now in its 19th year, the SaloneSatellite returned with a new theme titled “New Materials, New Design”. This event, which focuses specially on young designers under 35, challenged its participants to push the boundaries of technology and design.

  • The debut of quirky, playful yet modern designs made waves this year. Take the Setsuna concept car debuted by Toyota, a car that’s completely made out of wood and assembled without using any nails or screws. Another notable debut piece is the Organic chair from Kartell which features a seat made out of plant waste that is also biodegradable. It is the unveiling of new products like these that have put the Salone on the map as an innovative hub of ideas.