Milan Design Week

The world's best designers present collections annually at milan design week | Courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano

Best in Show at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2022

Every year the streets of Milan welcome an array of designers, architects and artists from all corners of the globe for a week-long immersion of contemporary design known as Milan Design Week. However, due to COVID-19, it’s been three years since the metropolitan city has presented the annual event to its usual grand scale.

The main event each year at Milan Design Week is Salone del Mobile.Milano, or the Milan Design Fair, that returns this year for its 60th anniversary. Largely considered the world’s pre-eminent design event, Salone del Mobile features 2,000 international exhibitors and serves as an incubator for ideas around sustainability and design to be developed and explored.

With coinciding displays of furniture, objects, lighting and more in every corner of Milan from June 7 through to the 12th, there is almost an insurmountable number of events to cover. So what follows is a selection of some of the highlights from Salone del Mobile.Milano 2022.

Bellini’s Lu Mura Revival

Mario Bellini is one of Italy’s greatest architects and designers. In fact, 25 of his iconic designs are permanently on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. La Mura, which translates to The Wall, was a modular sofa first designed and constructed by Bellini in 1972 and is now the latest creation to be revived.

The sofa was inspired by the walls that surround ancient cities, and the chunky, modular shape is a classic display of 1970s design that has recently undergone a comeback. For its 50th anniversary, the lounge is undergoing a modern update and will be reissued with high-performance foam and memory foam.

Lu Mura Revival Lounge
The original Le Mura Modular Lounge by Mario Bellini has been revived | Source: Pinterest

“A timeless piece remains contemporary in design but evolves in material.”

Mario Bellini via The New York Times

It will also feature more emphasis on the buckles and hinges that connect the modules to one another, adding further “grit” to the lounge.

Maison Matisse Lighting

Maison Matisse is a design house for furniture and objects created by renowned or emerging designers, all inspired by the art and universe of Henri Matisse. It was founded in 2019 by a great-grandson of the artist, Jean-Matthieu Matisse, and since then has collaborated with a selection of international designers.

To celebrate Matisse’s paper cutout creations (the painter referred to this period as his “second life”), Maison Matisse has collaborated with Milan-based studio Formafantasma for a limited-edition collection of lighting called Fold. Matisse’s works have been reimagined through steel, LED tubes and cut paper for an expressive collection.

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades

This year, Louis Vuitton marked the 10th anniversary of its Objets Nomades collection. First launched in 2012, the range of travel-inspired furniture and objects are made in collaboration with internationally renowned designers, and must embody Louis Vuitton’s vision of exploration and its design codes.

For this year’s display, the luxury French House not only invited new creators to design magnificent home and lifestyle objects, but also former collaborators. The tenth edition of Objets Nomades features a curation of former collections that celebrate the label’s world-class savoir-faire. Included are The Belt Lounge Chair by Atelier Oi which is seen in a new variation and the Bulbo chair by the Campano Brothers, inspired by nature and food, in new colourways.

Missoni Tableware

Known to many as a clothing and lifestyle brand, Missoni has added another string to its bow at this year’s Milan Design Week, with the launch of its tableware offerings. The label’s signature prints have been reimagined following a recently signed licensing deal and are produced and distributed by Arnolfo di Cambio, an Italian tableware manufacturer.

The collection is made using a range of materials like fine bone china, blown glass and silver-plated stainless steel, and features everything from mugs to decorative vases and change trays, all featuring colourful stripes or the Italian label’s iconic multi-coloured zigzag pattern.

Missoni Tableware Milan Design Week
Missoni’s legendary prints have been reimagined on a range of tableware | Source: Missoni

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