Milan Furniture Fair: A week of design wonders
Salone del Mobile Milano, the Oscars of the design world, returns to Milan this week showcasing a plethora of new designer collaborations, furniture launches, eye-catching installations and more. Italy's best dressed will be out in full force for an entire week of glittering parties, pop-ups and frescoed exhibition spaces, as the world’s most prestigious design fair takes over the glamorous Italian city for its 57th year.
A chandelier is displayed at the stand of I Dogi during the Milan design week in 2017. Photo: Getty
Atmosphere at Meritalia stand during Milan design week in 2016. Photo: Getty
Promoting the very best in Italian furniture, lighting, accessories and interior design, Salone del Mobile's multi-faceted design hub has quickly become the global event in the design industry calendar, where exhibitors from all corners of the globe descend on the city to display their latest and most innovative creations to the world's industry elite, including top interior designers, stylists and press.
Kicking off the celebrations today, the six-day design extravaganza, which forms part of Milan's celebrated Design Week, will welcome 26 Australian designers to the 2018 show, as part of an exhibition curated by Sydney stylist and designer Emma Elizabeth. This will be the third year she's showcased home-grown talent at the event, and her largest Australian contingent to date. We've selected a few of our favourite pieces from this year's show, flying the flag for antipodean design.
Main and above photo Bloom Cabinet by Adam Goodrum and Arthur Seigneur. Photo: Joshua Purnell
Bloom Cabinet by Adam Goodrum and Arthur Seigneur
An explosion of vibrant colour, pattern and texture, this painstakingly intricate piece (it took 400 hours to produce) by Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur, combines bold contemporary graphics with delicate shades of post-Pop, retro glamour. Inspired by the lotus flower in full bloom, the "Bloom " cabinet is made up of 4,320 sections of hand-tinted French rye straw, contrasted by hand-crafted, black-stained oak joinery and a luxurious, silky interior of white maple.
"Natural Progressions" Hall Runner by Emma Elizabeth. Photo: Supplied
"Natural Progressions" Hall Runner by Emma Elizabeth
Having trained in Milan before making her mark on the Australian design sphere, stylist, designer and Creative Director of Local Design, Emma Elizabeth is no stranger to the nuances of local Milan. This will be her third year curating a line-up of Australian talent at the prestigious event. As part of the exhibition, Emma will showcase a continuation of her "Natural Progressions" range for Sydney retailer Designer Rugs, in the form of a decorative hall runner, to welcome visitors into the show. For more information visit www.emmaelizabethdesigns.com
Milan Design Week runs from Tuesday April 17 to Sunday April 22 at various venues across Milan. Visit www.salonmilano.it/en/ for more information.