5 fashionable Italian finds at Salone del Mobile 2016
Each year, Salone del Mobile breathes new life to Milan, bringing together a host of design ideas and innovation with some of the industry's finest works on display. For us mere mortals, this means six days of domestic dreaming of what our homes would possess. Of course, for individuals who live and breathe fashion, the 55th edition of this furniture fair is a chance for them to make a beeline for products that mirror their favourite designers' aesthetic. "Same same, but different" — now that you're in possession of the Marni basket bag, why woudn't you want that similar weave on your chair?
This year, Berluti has collaborated with Ceccotti Collezioni, a Pisa-based wooden furniture maker to create a series of wardrobe essentials for the modern gentleman. Berluti's leather craftsmen worked together with Ceccotti's master wood workers to craft 'Paraventi', a room divider and a valet chair in solid ash and upholstered in Berluti's signature Venezia leather.
It's all about relationships in Armani Casa's new collection. There's the relationship between urban and natural scenery which presents itself in the earthy and glossy spectrum of colours and finishes. Then there's Giorgio Armani's continued relationship with master glassmakers, seen in the beautiful glass refractions of his accessories. Meanwhile, wallpapers and screens feature three-dimensional impressions amid shadows and reflections.
Fendi Casa's all about refined luxury. Pictured here, the Anya set of coffee tables is characterised by its roundness, available in three different heights. The tables are finished with a rosewood top while sitting on a polished brass finish steel frame. As you sink into their sofas, you'll also notice a sartorial signature: Fendi's iconic Selleria stitching.
Not only is Marni presenting additions to its furniture line, it's also transforming its space at Viale Umbria 42 into a ballroom. Named Marni Ballhaus, it's a bid to explore a new area of performing arts from Colombia, the country that inspired the collection of chairs, chaise lounges, rocking chairs, tables, lamps and vases made of metal, wood and hand-woven PVC cord.
If sensuality had a structure, this vanity table named 'Mia' would be it. In partnership with designer Walter Terruso, La Perla's new missus comprises of an oversized round mirror covered in plissé silk flanking the glass and brass table. The silk also covers the back of the mirror, as maple wooden accents complement the nude pink and rose gold hues.
Salone del Mobile 2016 is now happening till 17 April in Milan at Fiera Milano. For more information, click here.