MILAN, ITALY — One week on from the Salone del Mobile Milano and we're still on a high from the diverse array of products, both new releases and conceptual, on display. With showcases from designers such as Philippe Starck, Piero Lissoni and the Bouroullec brothers and product launches from top European brands such as Hay, Vitra, Kartell, Foscarini and Moooi (to name but a few), Milan was a smorgasbord of beautiful, experimental and cutting edge design.
Over the coming weeks/months we'll be bringing you the latest news on post-Milan trends and product launches, but for now we've compiled a collection of highlights from a few of our favourite design brands.
A few weeks ago we announced that Ronan & Erwans Bouroullec's Hay Palissade collection was available to purchase online at Utility. Following Milan, we are happy to say that their Hay Can Sofa & Armchair are also now available to order.
Other news from Salone Del Mobile includes the imminent arrival of new "About A Chair" colours and more outdoor furniture in the shape of the 13EIGHTY chair. It looks as though 2016 is going to be an exciting year for Hay releases.
2016 has been a busy year for Kartell following the introduction of their Ettore Sottsass tribute to the Memphis Movement. They carried that momentum into Salone Del Mobile where they unveiled a whole host of new releases and conceptual designs a with novel "Talking Minds" feature.
Among the products available to order now are the Kabuki Lamps and Planet Lights from Ferruccio Laviani. We're also extremely excited about the arrival of the Piuma Chair and Largo sofa from Piero Lissoni and the new kids range of toys from Nendo.
Vitra launched new editions from Jasper Morrison – The Soft Modular Sofa, The Occasional Lounge Chair, The All Plastic Chair and The Occasional Low Tables. Also presented were updated versions of the Side Tables by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, originally existing in metal or leather versions, new for 2016 are the Wooden Side Tables available in three sizes. Finally a re-edition of the Eames Coffee Table by Charles and Ray Eames originally designed for the Eames house was shown for the first time.
Just as inspiring was Casa Vitra in the Brera Design District where Hella Jongerius' magnificient 'Colour Machine' was on display, bringing to life the Vitra colour and material library. The interactive installation presented research and inspirations for colours, textiles and materials. The upper floor of Casa Vitra was furnished as a lounge, integrating new products as well as other pieces from the Home Collection.
In part 2 we'll be taking a look at more fan favourites in the shape of Moooi, Cassina, Swedese, Gan and more. In the meantime, you may want to consider signing up to the Utility newsletter, where you'll be among the first know once the new products unveiled at Milan are available to buy, plus tons of special offers and design updates. There is even a little gift on us, just for signing up.
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