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The deinstallation of exhibition booths, showroom displays, and installations is underway in Milan, marking the official wrap of the Salone del Mobile 2022 furniture fair and coinciding Fuorisalone events. Still fresh in the minds—and filling the camera rolls—of designers, architects, and other members of the trade, however, are the new products those spaces displayed. Below, discover over 30 notable launches across furniture, lighting, decor, and more that you’ll want to spec soon.
Whether you’re producing a collaborative collection or concocting post-fair aperitivi, the same rule applies: Two are better than one. Or so was the case this market, where creative partnerships bred the most memorable pieces. For starters, take India Mahdavi’s reimagining of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna’s bentwood seating, in which the designer doubles down on the brand’s curves to create lounge chairs and a banquette defined by coiled rings. Elsewhere, the super-low coffee table continues its cool run, with new and notably round styles such as the Omphalos Coffee Table by John Pawson for Salvatori and the Panoramic Low Table by Piero Lissoni for Knoll.
Under the creative direction of Sam Baron, and in partnership with a number of designers, Pierre Frey debuted 30 new furniture pieces during Salone del Mobile 2022. Standouts include Sebastian Bergne’s bulbous Kiss trio, which comprises an accent chair, ottoman, and side table that combine sumptuous upholstery with lacquered details. Plus, Estudio Persona teams up with the furniture and textile house to put forth the Ruban bench and chair reminiscent of origami-like folds.
The experimental shapes continue at BassamFellows, which tested the limits of 3D molded wood veneer. Designers have crafted a chair silhouette that evokes the 20th-century modern shapes made possible by fiberglass and plastic (think Eames’s Tulip chair). The form-fitting result is the Petal chair, unfurling in form as though at peak blossom and available in a number of chair styles. Meanwhile at Molteni & C, Vincent Van Duysen debuts an equally versatile piece, an open-to-interpretation, low-slung, and backlit storage console dubbed The Living Box. And at Fendi Casa, the Dimorestudio-designed Matrice bookcase speaks for itself—even when empty—thanks to a steel frame with paste-dyed glass shelves.
Italian modern tastemakers Minotti and B&B Italia offer thoughtful new seating arrangements with the Twiggy sofa system by Rodolfo Dordoni and a fresh take on Mario Bellini’s Le Bambole courtesy of Stella McCartney, respectively. The latter confirms that more is more, as the designer opts for a hand-drawn mushroom patterned upholstery fabric for the brand’s first-ever fashion collaboration. The sentiment also holds true at Italian fabric house Arjumand, which debuted a collection of slipper chairs adorned in a mix-and-matched assortment of its vibrantly printed fabrics at market—contrasting trims and delightfully full skirts included.