Milan’s annual Salone del Mobile is the ultimate furniture fair that never fails to deliver. At Dessein, we love being part of the international design industry and are always excited by the innovative work on show. There were a few designs that were stand-outs for us this year – here’s our top 5 picks!
1. Nendo Design Retrospective
Oki Sato, founder of Japanese design studio, Nendo, is a genius when it comes to simple design. The studio’s 1-year retrospective exhibition featured 100 products designed over the past year for 19 brands. A highlight was the Clear Shadows table, produced as part of a collection for Glas Italia, which has a glass top patterned with snowflake shapes that are only visible on close inspection. Apparently it’s one of Oki Sato’s favourites and we can see why.
2. COS with Snarkitecture
We’re always inspired by the interactive retail concepts by New York studio Snarkitecture. They pushed the creative boundaries even further this year with an installation for fashion brand COS, which featured 100,000 metres of translucent white fabric cut into strips to create a warren of tunnels throughout the space.
3. Bourroullec Brothers with Artek
We’re big fans of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the duo behind French design studio Bourroullec Brothers. This year they released a timeless yet contemporary range called Kaari, produced in collaboration with Artek. It included tables, a desk, shelves and a wall console that are each supported by elegant, wing-shaped legs.
4. Jasper Morrison
Jasper Morrison’s designs have an affordable, accessible and authentic nature that echoes Dessein’s own philosophy. A highlight of Jasper Morrison’s Milan showing this year was the Alfi collection, a series of simple seating designed for Emeco. Morrison says the chairs in the range are the most comfortable he’s ever designed, so we’re even more impressed!
5. The Alchemists exhibition
A new generation of Singaporean design went on display as part of The Alchemists exhibition, which includedwork from a new generation of Singaporean designers, including Hans Tan, whose innovative Pour table resembled a collection of multi-coloured puddles. It was exciting to see a range of radical yet highly functional pieces coming out of Singapore, where many of our own products are sustainably manufactured.