Salone del Mobile 2022: The 35 best new products to debut at Milan Design Week | Architectural Summary

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The deinstallation of exhibition stands, exhibition displays and installations is underway in Milan, marking the official closing of the Salone del Mobile 2022 furniture fair and coinciding with the Fuorisalone events. However, new products on display in these spaces are still fresh in the minds of designers, architects and other members of the trade and are filling the rolls. Below, check out over 30 notable launches in furniture, lighting, decor and more that you’ll soon want to spec.

Furniture

Whether you’re producing a collaborative collection or cooking up a post-fair aperitif, the same rule applies: two is better than one. At least that was the case in this market, where creative partnerships have resulted in some of the most memorable pieces. For starters, take India Mahdavi’s reimagining of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna’s bentwood seating, in which the designer doubles the brand’s curves to create lounge chairs and a bench seat defined by coiled rings. Elsewhere, the super-low coffee table continues its cool run, with notably round new styles such as the Omphalos Coffee Table by John Pawson for Salvatori and the Panoramic Coffee Table by Piero Lissoni for Knoll.

Under the creative direction of Sam Baron, and in partnership with numerous designers, Pierre Frey launched 30 new pieces of furniture during Salone del Mobile 2022. Standouts include Sebastian Bergne’s bulbous Kiss trio, which features a side chair, ottoman and side table that combine plush upholstery with lacquered details. In addition, Estudio Persona is joining forces with the furniture and textile house to offer the Ribbon bench and chair reminiscent of origami-style folds.

Experimental forms continue at BassamFellows, which has tested the limits of 3D molded wood veneer. The designers crafted a chair silhouette that evokes 20th-century modern forms made possible by fiberglass and plastic (think Eames’ Tulip chair). The form-fitting result is the Petal Chair, which unfurls in shape as if at the height of its bloom and available in a number of chair styles. Meanwhile, at Molteni & C, Vincent Van Duysen is launching an equally versatile piece, an open to interpretation, low-slung and backlit storage console dubbed The Living Box. And to Fendi Housethe Matrice bookcase designed by Dimorestudio speaks for itself, even when empty, thanks to a steel frame with tinted glass shelves in the mass.

Italian modern tastemakers Minotti and B&B Italia offer thoughtful new seating arrangements with the Twiggy sofa system from Rodolfo Dordoni and a new version of Mario Bellini The Bambole courtesy of Stella McCartney, respectively. The latter confirms that more is more, as the designer opts for hand-drawn mushroom-patterned upholstery fabric for the brand’s first-ever fashion collaboration. The sentiment is also true at the Italian fabric house Arjumandwho launched a collection of slipper chairs adorned with a matching assortment of his brightly colored printed fabrics on the market – contrasting trims and delightfully loose skirts included.

Buckle design by India Mahdavi for Gebrüder Thonet Vienna

Photo courtesy Gebrüder Thonet Vienna
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