SALONE DEL MOBILE 2022

SALONE DEL MOBILE 2022

SALONE DEL MOBILE 2022

We left last September full of expectations towards the Salone del Mobile 2022 and, after visiting it, we can say that it has amply satisfied them.
The central themes of this edition were sustainability and ecological transition, it was interesting to discover how the world of serial production approached them.

INTRODUCTION

If last year Milan was ready to restart and to repopulate itself, in the latest weeks we have witnessed a real migration towards the pole of Italian Design.
We were able to ascertain that Milan has not only flourished again and the machine of the Salone del Mobile has begun to march at full speed but the demand, which had remained silent in the last years of restrictions, has turned out to be hungry for novelty.
The streets of the city were full of people and was a long time that we have not been on crowded subways, in noisy stands talking without fear and without masks about something that was totally linked to our work.
I have to admit it was unexpected but cool.

salone fiera rho

MIXED REALITIES

Spaces and objects seem to have taken on a new meaning in these years of resilience.
Our habits have changed and rooted within the home, it is as if several levels were superimposed in the home space containing all the activities that were previously external, from work to leisure.
Interesting and excellent starting point was Huawei‘s immersive installation: Tomorrow Living, in which new mixed-reality living scenarios are shown.
Here, intelligent technology allows us to experience the home intensely, reconnecting it with nature, optimizing consumption and space in an environment that is not only more sustainable but also more habitable.
In favor of a psychophysical well-being, our home does not become our cage but a circumscribed environment in which it is possible to live in harmony, with ourselves but also with the neighborhood, creating small permanent communities.

Huawei tomorrow living

SUSTAINABILITY

From a Green perspective, on the recovery of goods and raw materials without waste or unnecessary scraps of materials, objects lose their transient essence and become long-lived.
Tom Dixon in his installation Twenty, in addition to celebrating the two decades of activity, reflects on the complexity of sustainable objects, showing some ideas on which the studio is working.
Among these is their symbolic project, Flamecut, a chair as an example of this design theory that survives over time, which will be able to overcome plagues, natural disasters, but above all, the passage of time unchanged.

Tom Dixon Flamecut
Tom Dixon twenty

A LIFE EXTRAORDINARY

Objects not only become long-lived but are also enriched with cognitive synapses.
The new AI, that we also see in the Home Smart Automation devices, responds to our every desire and becomes a real life partner.
Moooi on the wave of technology and in Partnership with LG and IDEO presents in its A Life Extraordinary at Palazzo dei Tessuti, Piro, an intelligent scent diffuser.
Piro is able to dance to the rhythm of music, follow you with a motion sensor, change the color of its internal LEDs and, if deemed necessary, spray a delicate cloud of perfume in the air.

Its structure is the one of a mechanical arm used for automated productions, decontextualized, covered with a shiny and colored shell and programmed to become a sentient household object.
The home itself becomes an extraordinary experience in Moooi’s Vision, including soft fabrics, upholstery that make you dream and refined and elegant objects.
We thanks Marcel Wanders, the founder of the brand for his ever visionary creations.
Moooi chair and table
moooi walpaper
moooi sofa

THE TRENDS OF THE SALONE DEL MOBILE

The noble themes of this year arise from questions related to the future of living.
Raw materials are constantly running out and have become, especially in recent years, a source of economic speculation.
The central installation at the Salone, Design with Nature, a project developed with Mario Cucinella, aims to become a table for discussions and insights on the themes of the circular economy and reuse.
The city could in fact become the reserve of the future, where to find most of the raw materials useful for construction in a virtuous ecosystem.

KITCHENS AND MATERIALS

In fact, two new areas in the pavilions were created from this cue, those related to FTK, that is the new Technologies for Kitchen, appliances capable of reducing their consumption from a home automation and intelligent point of view by raising the level of their performance.
The new household appliances are multifunctional and professional, even if in the kitchen is tending to hide them from the view.
We have noticed that in most of the new proposals of the oven column, doors are packaged laterally in ingenious systems with hinges and side guides that in a few centimeters house the door at rest and close themselves.

hidden kitchen
Valcucine with advanced motion sensors makes the kitchen a fluid mechanism capable of closing, opening or changing functionality with simple soft hand movements.
Valcucine Mendini
Mendini closed
Instead, the working space is highlighted and is further equipped in the rear part with modules dedicated to all the useful tools in the kitchen.
From the knife holder, to the spice rack, to the cutting boards, to the paper roll, everything is tidy and accessible.
equiped rear kitchen
kitchen back
closed back kitchen
The work area is well lit and characterized by non-toxic and antibacterial materials.
The main material of this Salone del Mobile is Lapitec.
Green, resistant to thermal shock, scratches and is also a conductor of heat, has in fact patented the first invisible hob.
The use is simple: equipped with magnetic sensors and a hidden coil, by placing a special silicone pad on the top, the touch controls are activated that allow the system to be switched on from two or four burners. Without the pad, the induction hob and its controls are inactive, safe and impossible to accidentally turn on.
The top therefore remains completely free, distinguished only by a display and small engravings that emphasize the full-body nature of the material.
This will not only helps in cleaning operations, but also allows the worktop to be used for other activities, from food preparation to welcoming convivial moments.
Lapitec chef
Together with Lapitec there are, again for the kitchen top, ceramic and stoneware materials, with veins printed on the surface reminiscent of trendy marbles or solid colors.
The finish of the materials goes from Soft touch, velvety and soft, to rough and irregular surfaces.
In fact, even the new Neolith production tends to emphasize the tactile inhomogeneity of their slabs.
Neolith texture
Marble effect top
From an aesthetic point of view, the Kitchen top is presented in two thicknesses, the very thin 12mm, which was so fashionable last year, a half size of about 6cm and a 12cm which in many cases, ingeniously, is equipped with drawers containing crockery and small kitchen items.
Is also nice the play created with the voids, the undertop groove of the recessed handle (always in trend) and then the departure of the front door.
equiped top
Kitchen medium top in wood
kitchen stone drawer
The internal frames of the classic-style doors have been slightly changed in honor of modernity (here an insight into the reference style).
The bands become almost three-dimensional and knobs or handles disappear in favor of hidden pushes.
kitchen modern frames
frames details

NEW COLOR PALETTE, MATERIALS AND DELICATES

We rediscover the terracotta color, elected color of the year 2021 in a more delicate shade even in the Solid tops and then taken up again in the laminate or lacquered doors.
The visual connection that is thus created between different materials but united by the same shade is very nice.
The Blue Klein color is striking in a very strong shade used for walls and day furniture, this fades and is found, in a more delicate powder-colored version, in the kitchen.
Also for the tops we find the sage green, which with the marble Verde Alpi is back in vogue and many shades of gray.

color terracotta
color dust light blue
Color Blue Kline
Silestone proposals
Anthracite gray is also introduced in the finishes of household appliances, taking the place of glossy black in the new Smeg proposals.
smeg anthracite

RIBBED AND MILLED WOOD

With its vintage soul, very elegant and established trend, it is the ribbed wood, which we are also using a lot.
So wood is back but with a different dress, in uniform strips in natural or lacquered color.
We found it on the doors of the kitchens, of the day furniture, in the sleeping area and also as wall paneling.

ribbed wood
ribbed wood
ribbed wood
ribbed staircase
The raw materials are then shown with textures and intertwining, the marble is milled in subtle geometries that expand the movement of the veins.
The stones, on the other hand, fit together in mosaics capable of creating excellent visual dynamism.
trame di pietra
trame di pietra
trame mosaics
Even the glass is no longer a smooth and clean extra-clear crystal but is found in its fluted form, sometimes with a mirror back.
fluted glass
fluted glass

FORMS

A Salone del Mobile that looks to the past to take inspiration, both in materials and shapes.
The rounded lines are back, mainly in the stand-alone furniture and in the living area, in the kitchen the snack top or the convivial table in the living room are softened.

rounded forms
rounded furniture
rounded furniture green
rounded ribbed furniture

FINISHES

Here we decree that stainless steel has lost its charm and has been replaced with many different finishes.
As we have seen in recent years, the satin brass color and rose gold are the stylistic guides of the fashion industry, which, albeit indirectly, dictates the rules and also influences the world of design.
In fact, we find metal profiles with these finishes in household appliances and in taps, if we do not want stainless steel we have the possibility to exclude it from any element for a valid alternative.
These include the matt black, which can also be found in the matching preformed washbasins.

finishes taps

THE LOCATIONS OF THE FUORISALONE

The Salone del Mobile is also an opportunity to discover the wonderful buildings in the city center that open their doors and become an exhibition venue.
Tom Dixon presented himself at Palazzo Serbelloni, while Palazzo Bovara welcomed, as last year, Elle Decor.
Within the settings that describe and define the various areas through objects of timeless design.

In the house we live in, objects, lamps and furnishings are arranged without apparent temporal and functional hierarchy, becoming interchangeable based on the activity carried out within it.

Palazzo Bovara
Palazzo Bovara restaurant
Palazzo Bovara Elle Decor
At Palazzo Citterio the Maison Dior collaborates for the first time with Philippe Starck inviting him to reinterpret the Médaillon chair, a symbol of the Louis XVI style, loved by Christian Dior.
The result is Miss Dior, an elegant chair that emphasizes the lightness of aluminum in three variants, two finishes (glossy and matt) and four colors, including chrome, copper, gunmetal and gold.
Here is the link to last year’s article, in which the same chair was reinterpreted by many different designers in even bizarre projects.
Dior and Stark
Dior rose gold

A Palazzo del Senato Kohler presenta in anteprima mondiale un’esperienza d’arte immersiva su larga scala, intitolata Divided Layers, in collaborazione con uno dei più grandi artisti del panorama contemporaneo: Daniel Arsham, che sempre per l’azienda ha creato Rock.01, un lavello stampato in 3D.

palazzo del senato
arsham

Sede espositiva alternativa è stato invece il caveau di una ex banca in Piazza Affari dove gli oggetti esposti di Pulpo sembravano ancora più preziosi.

Pulpo caveaux
Pulpo caveaux

STATALE UNIVERSITY

Statale University was totally occupied by over 40 projects that aim to reflect on what design could do for a better future.
Regeneration, redevelopment, recovery and rebirth through eco-sustainable and dreamy installations.
In the courtyards of the university, the theme of the labyrinth is chased, such as The A-maze Garden by Lissoni Associati with Amazon, or even Labyrinth Garden by Raffaello Galiotto.
In the central courtyard stands the Sideral Station telescope tower, created with Whirlpool and signed by Michele De Lucchi.
This is how he explained his project: «It is a tower to look up and imagine alternative visions of tomorrow. The immersive experience inside, where emotional spaces are explored, is designed to amaze and push the visitor to continue dreaming of a tomorrow worth living “.

statale main yard
statale labyrinth
statale idra
statale aula magna

HERMES, FENDI AND LOUIS VUITTON

The large space of the Pelota was, once again this year, the exhibition site of Hermes, which presented its latest collections dedicated to Home Decor.
With extreme delicacy, the totems that contain the displayed elements, also divided by color ranges, are characterized by a light structure in wood and rice paper.
Always the natural paper, structured in volumes of different heights, it is an exhibition venue for ceramics, leather containers and small bamboo objects.

Hermes ceramics
hermes leather
hermes small objects
hermes ceiling structure
Spazio Pelota Hermes
Fendi Casa presents its timeless home in a splendid building in Via Monte Napoleone.
References to the past, new eco-sustainable materials such as bamboo, classic and modern shapes embrace each other in a sophisticated and attention to detail production.
Fendi Bar
Fendi home
fendi home details
The Luis Vuitton Objets Nomades exhibition is geared towards creative innovation, in which famous designers imagine experimental but functional furniture.
The objects in the collection are characterized by an explosion of color, the beautiful Bulbo armchair by Fernando and Humberto Campana opens the collection and, during the visit, we were also lucky enough to immortalize Patricia Urquiola with her Overlay Bowl.
object nomades
object nomades louis vuitton
patricia urquiola
object nomades

THE BOLD INSTALLATIONS BY LEE BROOM, ALCOVA AND NILUFAR DEPOT

Lee Broom in the Brera Design District presented his Divine Inspiration, a series of six ethereal lamps that arise from the exploration of monumental design associated with religious architecture.
A spiritual journey that transforms environments and evokes feelings of reverence and contemplation.

lee broom
lee broom
Lee broom
lee broom
Nilufar Depot presents Innesto, three floors of rich installations and a particular and exclusive type of design, which we could also define as unique.
Because it arises from personal curiosity, from contamination, the appreciation of heterogeneity and the fusion of apparently distant worlds.
nilufar depot
nilufar bed
For the third consecutive year, Alcova confirms its attention to the evolutions and developments in the world of design, to offer a stimulating cross-section of it.
In each room a different exhibition in which different projects alternate established professionals with young emerging talents to explore new frontiers from the point of view of technology, materials, sustainable production, social practices and any other current direction of design.
alcova portal
alcova window
alcova textiles
Interesting and inherent to the theme of reuse were the presentation of recycled materials from disused appliances.
home appliance

THE SALONE DEL MOBILE 2022 IN CONCLUSION

Production would never be with zero environmental impact, sustainability and ecological transition are therefore difficult issues to perform but at the same time interesting challenges.
In the hope that we can really create a virtuous ecosystem on reuse to limit the large waste of our society, we give you an appointment at the Salone del Mobile in 2023!

A SPACE DEDICATED TO FLORA AND UNDERGROUND

A SPACE DEDICATED TO FLORA AND UNDERGROUND

As citizens of the world we have the opportunity to live in contact with nature and its luxuriant flora.
We can immerse ourselves in a natural environment that is there, has always existed and can be found a stone’s throw from home or a half-day trip if we live in a large metropolis.
But do we really know how to recognize all this greenery that surrounds us?
ingresso spazio Flo&s

THE MUNICIPAL OBJECTIVE

In the municipality of Ranica an ambitious project was born by the municipal council.
Lapping the Parco dei Colli with all its splendor and beauty, the Ranica hill starts from a significant height and slowly descends towards the Serio river.
In this very diversified panorama, given by the difference of heights and climatic conditions, we have the opportunity to find a variety of flora that characterizes the different areas concerned.
Born from the desire to promote and encourage territorial discovery, a public space dedicated to this was born in the historic center of the town of Ranica and near the ascent to the hill.

FLORA AND UNDERGROUND SPACE

The FLO&S space (Flora and Underground) was born from the creative idea of ​​the architect Patrizia Berera, part of the Network of Botanical Gardens of Lombardy.
Not far from our beloved Cartolibreria, it is located in the porch of via San Luigi in Ranica, an old renovated farmhouse in a foothill position.
This has a raised access to the courtyard.
Not being the multiplex space but developed for a long time as a large corridor, the project concept was able to optimize it by creating a sort of interactive path.
Intended for a varied target, mainly school, it aims to show the various elements of flora and subsoil and to introduce their discovery through various communication methods.

entrace Floes space
back Floes space
Welcome to Flo&S Space

THE PROJECT

At the entrance, a walkway that cuts through the entire space guides the user inwards, making the visit even more immersive and evocative.
This is made up of different types of stone and wood, the same ones that can be found, in their raw state, in the surrounding area.
Among them, Zandobbio marble, Gré strain, cherry wood, oak and fir.

The available walls have been divided into macro-areas:

space top view flora and subsoil

a top view of the hall with and the different exhibition areas.

The entrance was dedicated to welcoming and on the two sloping front walls a small text will explain the objectives and the meaning of the space.
On the side, relevant information material are provided.
After crossing this corridor, which narrows like a funnel, on the right side (called A) we find a long wall where there is a full-height illustration.
Here, based on the elevation of the hill, it shows the species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants found in the local flora.
This large panel illustrated by us (more details on this here) presents the silhouette of the tree or shrub, the flower and the fruit that allow its recognition and all the flowers and herbs on the ground.
Beside the elements we have created small wooden boxes accessible to all for what is tactile communication.
In fact, depending on the reference season, there will be flowers, leaves or fruits with which it will be possible to interact.
In this way, you will have the perception of the roughness, the smell and the fragility or softness of the blooms that can be better recognized in an excursion on the hill.
illustrated panel
lateral panel
box details
illustrated panels with flowers
illustrated panels with flowers
In the lower part, on the other hand, there are equipped furniture, which can either act as a “teaching room” or as service furniture for the storage of goods dedicated to space.
These low seating elements, also present in the other two spaces that we will illustrate shortly, have drawers or flap opening.
drawers and flaps
image details
In the second wall (called B) the interaction is not only active but also “creative“.
At the user’s disposal there is a blackboard surface and chalks with which to draw the favorite flora element.
On the side, however, a box acts as a container for magnets or herbarium, inside magnetic letters or botanical cards that go into the whole theoretical part of the images found in the illustrated wall.
This slate can be multifunctional, or at the service of the box with botanical cards or even useful for notices or seasonal thematic updates.
side chalkboard drawing
magnetic whiteboard
On the third wall (called C), on the other hand, all the issues related to the subsoil are explored.
Inside the showcase and on the shelves, common minerals of the area are displayed in their pure state.
The left side of the showcase has been deliberately designed with a “variable trim“.
This means that the shelves can change their position within the space or be removed completely.
wall subsoil notice board
mineral panel

FINISHES AND MADE

Given the very neutral finishes of the space, which see a light gray stoneware floor and plastered walls in the same shade, our furnishings also wanted to be light and bright.
Everything is white, with a wooden appeal in the display boxes.
This is to let the images and the colorful central walkway be the protagonists of the space.

furniture neutral and light tones

MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACE

The space will not only be a mirror of the Ranica’s flora but can also be used as an educational space for workshops and lessons.
It will in fact be linked to some projects of the local school circuit.
In anticipation of this we have created square tables that can extend, opening crosswise with hinges, to accommodate more users.
These tables will be free to stop and arrange themselves, in time of need, with different arrangements.
Useful as mobile displays, they will be stored in the small warehouse located at the entrance, mirroring the bathroom.

closed tables
open tables
multifunctional tables
disposition in space

here some proposals for the spatial arrangement of the open tables

INAUGURATION

Last weekend the FLO&S space was publicly inaugurated by the Mayor and the junta of Ranica.
All the actors who have set up the space and will take care of it in the future have intervened.
The donations of rare minerals have been substantial and make the space even more valuable.
In addition, a list of events is already active starting from summer until next year.
We can only encourage participation in events and trust that this space becomes an integral part of our community.
Good luck Spazio FLO&S!

Ranica elevation relief
 seeds
interactive whiteboard
rare minerals

Children in safety

Children in safety

Not all environments may be suitable for the safety of children. Designers are used to designing solutions tailor-made for customers’s needs. However, these can change over the years. In this case, a beautiful aerial staircase in a stately home can become an element of danger with the arrival of the progeny. Here the project of the whole apartment.

house with aerial staircase

the staircase before the intervention

THE CHILDREN

The small creatures under the meter who are experimenting with the use of their body in fact do not yet have the sense of danger. All the elements and objects of the house must be reconceived with their eyes. What can be attractive but fragile and in their reach must be moved, dangerous edges and corners must be covered and empty spaces, in which one can slip and fall, closed or buffered. Every element such as stairs, furniture and hallways of the house must be secured. In this case the danger of the staircase was given by the open part under the middle stainless steel bands of the central barrier, which wind along the entire slope and on the gallery.

house with aerial ladder in child safety

the aerial ladder after

SECURITY

PLEXIGLASS

We have found an effective, very elegant, minimally invasive and inexpensive solution to solve this problem. To secure the ladder we have used 3 mm polycarbonate, sized, cutted and fixed to the inside of the barrier, leaving the handrail and the first band at child height free for the grip. Square elements in Plexiglas were then fixed with stainless steel design studs from the outside of the staircase, leaving the handrail and its central bands untouched and using them as a sandwich thickness. In this way, all the plastic part are fixed and safe. For the balcony we have used 1cm hardened Plexiglas that is more resistant in the case of heavy impacts with objects thrown without reason by our little users. As a fastening system the same as the ladder. Seeing the before and after photos you will notice that these plastic elements seem to disappear within the general view of the house. Only by looking carefully can you see the reflections of the Plexiglas and polycarbonate and the studded squares.

children's gate on steel structure
children's gate details
plexiglass details

SHAPED CHILDREN’S GATE

For access to the stairs custom-made gates have been designed: one for the lower access and a second for the upper part of the gallery. The gates were made of MDF, shaped and engraved with a numerical control machine and then lacquered with matte orange paint. In the same color tone the other points of orange present in the living area.

children's gate

The shape of the gates are that of an autumn leaf, its symmetrical veins remain in the center of the design while three holes, always recalling a leaf, are found in the upper part to lighten the element. There are no holes in the lower part to avoid climbing daredevil little climbers. Both gates were fixed to the staircase thanks to wooden blocks fixed together on the upright of the staircase and then painted in the same dark anthracite. At the back of the gates, in a strategic position not reachable by children, there is a sliding bolt for close and open them.

children's gate
children's gate

TEMPORARY

This intervention has absolutely not touched the existing staircase and when it will be disassembled everything will back as before. It is a temporary solution but satisfies the eye to the point that it could remain mounted more than necessary. For the moment, the important thing is that the children are safe, free to walk up and down the ladder independently and stay and play in the attic part of the house.

closing balcony and child safety gates

Inauguration of Fausti Terrace surrounded by greenery

Inauguration of Fausti Terrace surrounded by greenery

A month has passed since the inauguration of the Fausti Terrace. We are really pleased to have contributed, in collaboration with Studio GPT and in particular with Lucia Nusiner, master of the landscape, to create this little corner of paradise in the heart of the city.

CONTEXT

The terrace of over 600 square meters overlooks the Sentierone, considered the heart of Bergamo Bassa. One of the most important street for shopping and food services, which still maintains its historical taste. Built in 1600, it preserves original modernized buildings including the Quadriporticus of the 900, in which the Tiziana Fausti Shop is located and its terrace from which you can also enjoy a splendid view of the Upper Town.

CONCEPT

The harmonious botanical arrangement is inspired by the style of the plant designer PietOudolf, the signature of the New York HighLine. Planters in antiqued iron and parquet flooring are added to this, in order to create a common thread in the historical context with a touch of modernity. On the other hand, soft wall lights create a welcoming atmosphere.

Terrazza Fausti exterior
Terrazza fausti greenery exterior 01
external furniture greenery
inauguration

Custum furniture for clients of all types, even with four- legged

Custum furniture for clients of all types, even with four- legged

Our little four-legged friends are not easily satisfied, you know! Sometimes just a few cuddles are enough, other times a crunch is needed, but for the most demanding one a five-star refuge is needed! Quite something else than shoe bokes or old Amazon packages, the most pretentious felines need impeccable solutions in style and comfort. Here, a custum studio apartment also for our Quality Assistant, who lack for nothing in terms of interior design. Characterized by Scandinavia-inspired interiors, it has a double facing, with a back door that allows air’s circulation. The interiors are essential in style, emphasized by the material choice of opaque plywood, whose veins refer to the natural finish of light wood, in contrast with the black interior wallpaper. This is in turn recalled in the chromatic choice by the feet which are also made in black textured curved lacquered wood, a real tidbit. The bottom wall allows both a warm environment during the cold season and cool ventilated room with increasing temperature. What more could you ask for? Of course, this is a solution for high-level target, and it it’s not a coincidence that the quality control is daily provided by an expert in field.

custom made cat
closed basket cat
open basket cat

Naturalness of an office in Olive wood

Naturalness of an office in Olive wood

A creation with an antique flavor, a particular request from a customer who loves wood in its natural state.

olive wood desk office 01

CONTEXT and MATERIAL

We are close to “That branch of Lake Como, which turns at midday”. As in a Manzoni essay, imagining uninterrupted chains of mountains, nature is the protagonist here. Its rough trunks enter the walls of a private studio and define its rooms. The material chosen is the olive tree, knots and defects enriches this plant during the years and is characterized by a very fine texture of lighter streaks that are intertwined with decidedly darker streaks.

PROJECT

The furniture consists of a large equipped desk and a rear piece of furniture with a band of drawers and doors and a side column. The latter has internally illuminated open compartments. The olive veneer preserves its natural finish and the joints are carefully cut at 45 °. Respecting the vein of the wood, they give it a sense of continuity on each side.

 
olive desk office
office desk material continuity
olive wood office
olive wood desk detail
details desk drawers