Mattia Biagi's Chair

Italian born and currently based out of Los Angeles, Mattia Biagi returns to his homeland with two projects in this year's fair. The first is with luxury furniture retailer Promemoria, titled Panama Bronze. It's on display at Promemoria Showroom Via Montenapoleone 8 / Via Bagutta 13 Milan.

Biagi’s second work, “Touch Me Is Okay," is on display with innovative flush-to-wall door manufacturer Linvisible at Palazzo Litta, corso Magenta 24, Milan.

Mattia Biagi at Salone del Mobile 2016

Linvisible describes this work as "a metaphysic and contradictory environment [where] the visitors cannot enter the room; but the installation, which rotates in the space, instead wants to be lived and discovered through the senses."

Kenneth Cobonpue at Salone del Mobile 2016

For Milan, designer Kenneth Cobonpue is showcasing new collections by Federica Capitani, Budji Layug and the photographs of Minty. Cobonpue is located at Hall 12 - Stand C08.

Moooi at Salone del Mobile 2016

Amsterdam based Moooi is participating at Salone del Mobile at Via Savona 56 with a “paradoxical theme of Rebellious Harmony.”
Moooi states that “The center of this year’s presentation is Moooi’s new collection” which includes “22 new pieces majestically presented in beautiful compositions on pedestals and carefully placed inside a mysteriously dark and seductive ballroom.”

 Paul Cocksedge's Marble couch for Moooi

Integrated into the exhibit are several components from outside artists, including a “partnership with the young British art photographer Rebecca Bathory,” a marble version of the Compression Sofa designed by Paul Cocksedge and other works by a variety of artists.

Moooi’s statement explains:
“This year, Moooi is proud to reveal new furniture, lighting and carpet designs by 17 different designers, both acclaimed and emerging: Arihiro Miyake, Barbara Broekman, Bertjan Pot, David/icolas, Edward van Vliet, Klaus Haapaniemi, Kustaa Saksi, Lorenza Bozzoli, Maison Christian Lacroix, Marcel Wanders, Noortje van Eekelen, Paul Cocksedge, Rick Tegelaar, Ross Lovegrove, Tricia Guild, Umut Yamac, and Valerio Sommella.”

 360 Panorama virtual tour of Moooi at Salone del Mobile 2016

Similar to last years presentation, Moooi is also splitting their exhibition into sections, which will consist of “14 luxuriously captivating, and elegantly styled home settings.” Preview these settings in a 360 panorama walk through virtual tour of Moooi's new collection linked to above.

 Lindsey Adelman's chandelier for Nilufar Gallery

A new variation of Adelman's 'Cherry Bomb Fringe’ series will be on display with Nina Yashar’s Nilufar gallery for Salone del Mobile. Find this work with Nilufar's Depot at Viale Lancetti 34, Milan.

Lindsey Adelman's chandelier and pendant at Nike's Nature of Motion exhibition

Adelman is also showing new work in a exhibition curated by Nike titled, "The Nature of Motion."
This group show brings together ten designers who created works looking at motion. Adelman's featured new works mix light with motion through integrating programed vibrations.
Find "The Nature of Motion" at Via Orobia 15, Milan.

 Broom's Salone del Automobile.

During Salone del Mobile the London based designer, Lee Broom, is displaying new work throughout Milan in a repurposed, and refinished, delivery van. Broom has titled his mobile exhibition, "Salone del Automobile."

Lee Broom's Optical Collection.

Lee Broom’s new series, “Optical”, will feature globe pendants and globe floor lamps with a pattern of disjointed black stripes as a throwback style to the 1990’s.

Broom's Salone del Automobile. 

Broom explains his inspiration as, “[The Optical series is] really inspired by the period in which I grew up in.” And Broom continues, “I guess my first real foray into interiors was decorating my own bedroom in the early 90s and Optical really reflects the monochrome graphics and mood of that era.”


Lee Broom will stop through Salone del Mobile in Salone del Automobile.

Broom’s mobile display will stop at Brera Design District, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Zona Tortona, San Gregorio Docet, Ventura Lambrate and more. You can track the pop up gallery on during Salone del Mobile.

Luteca's Tuyyo's chair at the Wallpaper* Handmade Exhibition
For Salone del Mobile 2016, Latin American influenced contemporary furniture company Luteca has revived Pedro Ramírez Vázquez design for the Tuyyo Chair.

Wallpaper Handmade Exhibition Logo 
The love seat is showing in Wallpaper* Magazine's Handmade Exhibition, along with other specifically commissioned objects including furniture, fashion and food in the shows 7th year running.
Find the Wallpaper Handmade Exhibition at The Arcade, via San Gregorio 43.

The Restaurant by Tom Dixon and Ceasarstone

Tom Dixon’s upcoming “Materiality” series of lighting, furniture and accessories premieres in Milan during Salone del Mobile.

Tom Dixon's invitation to the Restaurant

Tom Dixon writes:
“For Milan 2016 we present THE RESTAURANT, a collaboration with Caesarstone where four futuristic kitchens and four radical Tom Dixon dining halls collide in a late baroque deconsecrated church in central Milan.”

Base half of Tom Dixon's invitation to the Restaurant

The Restaurant will exhibit lines from Materiality, which are inspired by essential aspects of Tom Dixon’s design. These product lines include Curve, Fade and Copper.

Tom Dixon descibes Curve, Fade and Copper in his official invitation to “The Restaurant.”

Tom Dixon's Curve on display

CURVE a new geometrical light that pushes the boundaries of thin sheet etched metal fabrication. With its microscopic precision-pierced surface and soft nickel silver coating Curve internally reflects and emits a filtered glow of ethereal light.

Tom Dixon's Fade Line

FADE a blow moulded polycarbonate light cannon. Its teardrop shape focuses the light bulb’s output into a satisfyingly round and luminous circle. The metalised finish is unusual as it graduates from completely reflective to transparent in an even fade along the body of the light.

Tom Dixon Copper

COPPER the familiar sphere gets squashed then stretched to create a new pair of complimentary forms in the trademark mirrored copper, allowing new clusters to be formed, lower ceilings to be illuminated or narrow corridors to be colonised by the Copper family.

And to complete “The Restaurant”, Tom Dixon and Caesarstone will fully immerse designers by serving different courses “in each space, curated by Italian food design studio Arabeschi di Latte.”

Tom Dixon describes the full planned exhibit as:
“An utterly unique experience where you can eat, slow down and enjoy the latest ideas in Materiality, Luminosity and Texture.”

Diamond X Chandelier
For Salone del Mobile, New York based Stickbulb has collaborated with Italian gallery, Spazio Rossana Orlandi to display their first limited edition design, the X Diamond Chandelier.

Diamond X Chandelier joints

Stickbulb describes the limited production nine foot diameter chandelier as “a celebration of hexagonal and octahedral forms in nature.” 

Diamond X invitation

This Chandelier consists of 60 3-foot-long-maple wood bulbs which are connected by cast brass joints. The X Diamond is constructed in an edition of 25 and will be on display at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

Invitation for Stickbulb with Fantini

For their second installment at Salone del Mobile, Stickbulb is at the Fantini booth in Fiera Milano. Together they will be offering a custom multiple pendant, designed with Piero Lissoni, achitect and creative director for Fantini. Stickbulb explains that this Multiple Pendant “can be configured with a custom number of pendants in same or differing lengths ranging from 4 to 12ft.” Fantini’s booth is located in Hall 22 at Stand C22, C27. 

Mater at Salone del Mobile

Denmark based Mater Design is unveiling several new products at Salone del Mobile.
Mater details their exhibition, stating, “The founder of Mater, Henrik Marstrand, [is] presenting the new Accent Tables by SPACE Copenhagen, a new LED pendant by the Finnish designer Maija Puoskari as well as the debut of our collaboration with Kvadrat Textiles.”

Mater also debuted a line of classic Danish designs during Salone del Mobile. Mater explains that these “re-launched” designs from the 1950s are being produced as a “tribute to the designers and architects that created the foundation upon which modern Danish design is today.”
Find Mater at Hall 10 Stand B05.

Marcel Wanders:Portraits

“Marcel Wanders: Portraits” opened February 25th at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York City.
Based out of the Netherlands, Wanders is co-founder and art director of Moooi.

Wanders' premieres a variety of new work at Portraits

Although Wanders’ fine art and design work is housed in several permanent museum collections, including MoMA NY and The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, “Portraits” represents two firsts for the artist. Friedman Benda is the first gallery to host Wanders for a solo gallery exhibition and this presentation of his work will offer an unsceen glimpse at Wanders’ darker side in a variety of fine art works that are less utilitarian and more ornamental.

Wanders explains, “My design work has always been about positivity, respect, love and trust. However, this output doesn’t fully represent me as a person. For me, it is also important to produce work that explores a different sensitivity and addresses other aspects of my life and character, otherwise it would feel incomplete.”

Wanders' Digital video compilation Athanasius 1 to 3.

As the name suggests, one aspect of “Portraits” depicts beautifully rendered creatures coming to life in the three part digital video installation “Athanasius,” which Wanders has composed from rose petals. The images appear as if they sprout to life and are very remeniscent of the 16th century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

 Wanders' one minute sculpture out of ceramic.

Other works shown in “Portraits” include a line up of quick sculptures that are composed similar to Lucio Fontana’s ceramics of the mid 20th century. Wanders describes these sculptures in the show as “free-form 3-D sketches of lost pets.” Some are gilded in gold and others are glazed.

Marcel Wanders - "Virtual Interiors - Cottonwood Spa, Cottonwood, USA"

Wanders’ has also included a digital video collage named “Virtual Interiors” which touches on the wondrous and futuristic interiors that he envisions. In an article on 1stdibs about the show, Wanders explains “I started to make interiors that traded reality for eternity,” and he continues, “[These interior spaces] will be good forever, because they will never be built.”

Wanders' Shiqule Nuhai Ceramic Vases, 2016.

Wanders has also expanded on his well known ceramic collection, Delft Blue, with new pieces like Shiqule Nuhai. Standing 63 inches high and 25 inches wide, the two massive ceramic urns play towards the show’s overall arching theme of darkness, and makes the spectator wonder whether the flowers are living on water or actually drawing nutrients from the ashes within.

Tempter, bronze and rubber, 2016

And lastly is Tempter, “an over-sized adult rocking unicorn cast in bronze with metal chain stirrups.” This piece perfectly completes the show as fans of Wanders will recognize this as an interpretation from his solid wood rocking chair, Arion. Once again showing that Wanders is not just about “positivity, respect, love and trust” but instead is a true visionary and artist not afraid of going deep within his own personal emotions and connecting to a side that is not as mainstream as the work we normally associate with him.

“Marcel Wanders: Portraits” runs until April 9, 2016 at Friedman Benda.

Marcel Wanders headshot

Marcel Wanders is a product and interior designer who drew international recognition for his Knotted Chair produced by Droog Design in 1996. His work is ubiquitous; designing for leading international companies such as Flos, Alessi, Puma, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, MAC Cosmetics, Cappellini, B&B Italia, Moroso and Target. Wanders also designs for architectural projects, such as the Kameha Grand hotel in Bonn, the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami and the Villa Moda store in Bahrain. In addition to running his studio, Wanders is cofounder and Artistic Director of the successful design label Moooi (2001).

He exhibits widely and his work is included in such significant museum collections as MoMA New York, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the V&A Museum, London. Wanders has further published numerous books and is extensively profiled in the global media, appearing in such publications as the New York Times, Domus, The Financial Times and Wallpaper Magazine.

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