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More details have surfaced regarding the preview for this year’s Salone del Mobile. It seems this year the show will be honoring the work of Leonardo Da Vinci. Many brands have already adhered to echoing this Renaissance master’s ideas.
This year’s edition will be celebrating DaVinci’s 500th anniversary of death. With that in mind, the fair organizers have two major installations planned to celebrate his life and legacy. One of the installations, DE-SIGNO, organized by curator Davide Rampello, will try to draw a connection between Da Vinci’s engineering and contemporary Italian furniture designers. The other, Aqua, by Marco Balich, will be more focused on the mechanics of water which was one of the Renaissance polymath’s obsessions.
This year those who will be attending Salone del Mobile can expect o find a range of displays that will pay tribute to Renaissance ideas and incorporate them into modern design. There’s also some buzz around “S Project”, a new display format expected to bring together multiple brands and products (both newcomers and usual guests) into one single space.
There are also many novelties to be presented at the event from several top brands. One of them comes from Italian brand Zanotta with their new set of tables entitled Enchino. What do these tables have going for them? Instead of showing glass tables with metal legs, this new concept reverses these two elements by showing tables with metal surfaces and glass legs. The legs are hand-blown in Venice by craftspeople using a technique that dates back to DaVinci’s period and will be available in either blue or amber.
Artemide, aside from announcing an innovative new app that lets users turn their fixtures off and on, will be showcasing their new product Huara, a globe-shaped fixture that lights up when touched, also allowing the user to change the direction of the light without moving the fixture. This brand will also be revealing a new surprise: a new collaboration with their longtime partners Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Further details on the product are yet to be revealed.
Magis, another prestige Italian brand, is also set to reveal a product that is the result of the collaboration of Israeli duo Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai. We’re talking about a chair that will be 100% made of lightweight magnesium. To this date, there aren’t pictures revealed of the product.
Moving a little away from Italian names, we turn to Fritz Hansen, a brand that promises to showcase many changes to their branding in April. For once their lighting, furniture, and accessories will all be under the same moniker of “Fritz Hansen”. Then there’s the fact that they have announced the intention of introducing “a splash of color” to their new product as a contrast to their traditional somber Nordic colors. Aside from these changes the brand will also be unveiling a new lounge chair created by designer Jaime Hayon. The only details that are known so far are the fact that this piece of furniture is defined by its “clean lines and delicate curves”.
There will also be a final surprise in store even though it’s only set for the 2nd of May: we’re talking about the restoration of the Sala delle Asse at Sforza Castle, complete with amazing decorations from DaVinci himself. So stick around to see the end of Salone Del Mobile.