Cassina showroom in Milan, featuring ‘Soriana’ by Afra & Tobia Scarpa | Source: Valentina Sommariva

The Salone del Mobile Wrap Up: The Best from Milan Design Week 2021

Also known as the Milan Furniture Fair, this year’s show saw designs both new and revisited. As the world’s largest trade fair, the ‘Salone del Mobile’ and its many events around Milan, collectively known as the ‘fuorisalone’, have been drawing crowds since the event’s inception in the early 60s.

Dates, tickets and ‘supersalone’

After two missed Milan Design Weeks, the furniture and design extravaganza returned on September 4 with architect Stefano Boeri curating this year’s edition and branding it as ‘supersalone’. In collaboration with an international team including Andrewa Caputo, Maria Cristina Didero and Marco Ferrari to name just a few. Boeri’s curation of Milan’s Salone del Mobile event was focused around reaffirming “the centrality of Milan and the Salone on the international design, cultural and innovation scene”. And that it did.

While this year’s Milan Design Week saw fewer design districts take part and fewer people in attendance due to the pandemic, it did see a number of incredible installations from both established and new names. Lovers of all things design and architecture were able to see some of the best brands at this year’s event for approximately A$25 for a single-entrance ticket before wrapping up on September 10. Milan Design Week also saw the return of a number of fashion houses.

Gucci pop-up

In honour of Gucci’s upcoming Lifestyle collection, the luxury fashion house brought its GG emblazoned pieces to Milan in an unabashed Alice In Wonderland-style pop-up. From pens dripping in gold to Gucci dice, the brand’s ‘cartoleria’, or stationary shop, featured a decorated mouse hole and reportedly saw a queue of people reaching out the door and down the street.

Hermès installation

Housed in La Pelota was Hermès’ new home collection showcased in five square houses of brightly patterned fabrics on a bed of dusky orange sand. All about texture, the installation featured an armchair made from recycled paper fibres, cashmere blankets and pops of leather. Bathed in golden half-light, five “houses” decorated with coloured geometric designs rest on a bed of orange sand. Inside this small village, we find objects and fabrics for a home of pure refinement. One for all: the Sillage armchair designed by Bijoy Jain from Studio Mumbai in wood clad with papier mâché, “tattooed” with fine lines like a tribal totem.

Dior exhibition

Inviting 17 artists to reimagine Dior’s medallion chair, the French fashion and design house’s exhibition at Milan Design Week saw the classic Parisian chair redefined.

Versace installation

Another luxury fashion house that showcased its lavish home collection was Versace. Featuring plenty of pieces covered in the Versace motif as well as leathers, marble and gold accents, Versace Home’s boutique was the vision of opulence and luxury.

Pesce’s ‘Up’ armchair reimagined

At Fuorisalone, one of Italy’s most iconic furniture pieces was revisited and reimagined in cork. Designed by Gaetano Pesce, the bulbous armchair in its new medium was exhibited by furniture manufacturers, B&B Italia. A deep dive into the armchair’s history and cultural significance can be found here.

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