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Gulla’s Guide: 10 Highlights from Salone

Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Events, Products, Trends

By Gulla Jónsdóttir, principal, Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture & Design

Like-minded people from all over the world united in Milan for the largest furniture fair in the world during Salone del Mobile and FuoriSalone. The city was buzzing with art and furniture installations at palazzos, churches, galleries, and at the conference center, and the transformation from fashion destination to furniture design haven was an enchanting experience.

Scooting around in my vespa between espressos and Proseccos, I discovered intricate and beautifully made items from the event. Here are a some of my favorites:

1. Pretty in Pink
The very instagrammable Le Refuge is a dreamy, jungle-inspired blush pink daybed by Parisian-Italian artist Marc Ange created as part of Wallpaper*’s Handmade exhibition.

Le Refuge from Marc Ange

2. Limited-Edition Furniture
Finely crafted by Italian furniture artist Mauro Mori, his Brass Tres Sculptural table for Les Ateliers Courbet and Sand table in fondante bronze  capture organic expression through curvatures and earthy hues.

Brass Tres Sculptural Table by Mauro Mori for Les Ateliers Courbet

3. Shades of Gray
Variations of the achromatic color is highlighted here in a carved bench from a solid block of marble by Mattia Biagi and a painting by actor and artist Billy Zane, who was there in person to present it, which he painted during the filming of Titanic.

A painting by Billy Zane next to Mattia Biagi’s sculpture

4. Zaha Hadid’s Swarovski Showstopper
Made in metal, marble, and crystal, the late Zaha Hadid’s Swarovski centerpiece wowed many. Part of the Atelier Swarovski Home brand, the sculptural piece shows the possibilities of crystal in design. In addition to the piece, she designed the ultra-fluid Mew table for Italian furniture brand Sawaya & Moroni shortly before her passing.

Zaha Hadid’s Swarovski centerpiece

5. Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades
Louis Vuitton travel pieces inspired the collection at Palazzo Bocconi, including Concertina chairs by Raw Edges and limited-edition hanging chairs by the Campana brothers.

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades

6. Excavation: Evicted Exhibit
An original project by Paul Cocksedge and Friedman Benda, in collaboration with Beatrice Trussardi and Fondazione Luigi Rovati, transformed fragments from an excavation of their studio floor into tables of concrete and glass.

A table from the Excavation: Evicted exhibit

7. Denim Dreams
Truly a unique concept, a canopy made of 300 Trussardi jeans at Palazzo Litta was created by New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to evoke a sense of community.

8. Mixed Materials
Another unexpected but delightful find are pink onyx and brass vanity sinks from Boffi.

Pink quartz vanities from Boffi

9. Scentful Art
Unique yet sophisticated, this creative art installation from artist Felice Limosani for Parisian perfumers Diptyque features metal spherical rings with fragrance bottles and is a piece you can admire for both its design and its aroma.

The Diptyque installation at Salone

10. Intimate Strangers: The Los Angeles Conversation
I was lucky enough to curate a select group of LA designers at Palazzo Litta to create the “Intimate Strangers: The Los Angeles Conversation” exhibition. The theme of lifting cultural boundaries and harmonizing distinct voices was represented on stage by Ariana Rugs, Billy Zane, Graye, Londubh Studio, Mattia Biagi, Natasha Baradaran, Nicole Landau, Robert Kuo, and myself.

Intimate Strangers: The Los Angeles Conversation exhibit

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