Milan Furniture Fair 2015

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The world's biggest design fair is just around the corner and we've got a ringside seat...

BY DEE IVA

As April's Milan Furniture Fair draws ever nearer, we’ve been readying ourselves for a week where comfortable shoes, a packed itinerary and boundless energy are prerequisites in the hunt for all things new, bright and beautiful.

The main attraction, of course, is the Salone del Mobile itself, the vast exhibition space on the outskirts of Milan where the biggest players in the product design world strut their stuff. But during the week of the show, the whole city is divided into different design destinations, with new districts popping up every other year. The streets of Milan are literally jumping with launches, installations and parties celebrating the cream of the crop of new collections from established design houses, smaller independent designers and international design colleges.

TOP: British lighting company Innermost brings new candy colours to its 'Snowdrop' pendant at Euroluce,  the bi-annual lighting show, which returns to the Salone del Mobile this year

You can never see it all but here’s a little taster of the shows we’re gagging to check out…

DESIGNJUNCTION EDIT MILAN

Our favourite design show is the epicentre of a new design destination this year, San Babila. We're looking forward to seeing the gorgeous 'Halo' chair by Hypetex again, winner of the 2015 Red Dot Design Award (as we predicted in September last year...). See our lowdown of designjunction edit Milan here.
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designjunction edit Milan, Casa dell'Opera Nazionale Balilla, Via Pietro Mascagni 6.
15-19 April 2015
San Babila design district


LEE BROOM

There's no stopping UK talent Lee Broom as he embarks on his most ambitious project yet. 'The Department Store' sees him take over a street of disused shops in the San Gregorio Docet design district where he'll be unveiling more than 20 new products, including lighting, furniture and undeniably glamorous accessories.
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The Department Store, Via Alfredo Cappellini 16. 14-19 April 2015
San Gregorio Docet design district


B&B Italia, Milan's temple of cutting-edge Italian design, will be showcasing two new lines by prolific Spanish star Patricia Urquiola. We're loving the simplicity of the 'Fat-Sofa Outdoor' seating collection (above) with its surreal woven wraparound 'fence'. Looks like alfresco just got its chic on...
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B&B Italia, Via Durini 14. 14-19 April 2015
San Babila design district


BISAZZA X INDIA MAHDAVI

Luxe Italian tile-meister Bisazza has teamed up with Paris-based designer India Mahdavi to create the 'Contemporary Cement Tiles' collection, a poppy geometric range with plenty of 70s groove. Throw in a mirrored disco ball and you can dance yourself dizzy till the sun comes up!
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Bisazza, Via Senato 2. 14-18 April 2015


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One of Milan's most stylish houses, the Palazzo Crespi, will be commandeered by Airbnb and Italian research centre Fabrica for an installation exploring the meaning of 'welcome'. A group of 19 conceptual designers will exhibit pieces, including Giorgia Zanellato's lyrical display of mirrored trays decorated with Venetian papers and Mariana Fernandes' screen-printed postcards with custom designed graphics cleverly linking her hometown of Lisbon to Milan.
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Housewarming by Airbnb and Fabrica, Palazzo Crespi, Corso Venezia 20. 14-17 April 2015
San Babila design district


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Spanish whizz Jaime Hayon imbues so much personality into his designs that they take on an iconic status the minute they hit the shop floor. This small range of trays and side tables for Cassina looks like animated characters from a cartoon family. The 'Réaction Poétique' collection is, in fact, inspired by the architecture of Le Corbusier and is part of Cassina's commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. Hayon's take on Le Corbusier's minimal aesthetic adds a humorous twist to what is undoubtedly one of the 20th century's most influential design legacies.
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Cassina, Via Durini 16. 
San Babila design district
Cassina at Salone del Mobile, Pad 20, Fiera Milano Rho-Pero. 14-19 April 2015

The Milan Furniture Fair runs from 13-19 April; Salone del Mobile from 14-19 April 2015
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