April 17, 2019

In Pictures: Salone Del Mobile & Euroluce 2019

For one full week each year, the city of Milan is overtaken with bold new products, art installations, pop-up shops and showroom events as part of the world’s largest design fair: Salone del Mobile. Every other year, Salone lights up, thanks in part to Euroluce - the biannual brother to Salone, rife with stunning new fixtures and futuristic technology. Here are some of our favorite finds from this year’s event.

Crown Jewel

The industrial bronze and matte black trend is on the decline, as more and more designers favor warm, mid-century modern globes over exposed Edison bulbs. Many brands focused on material - from alabaster to sand-blown glass - for a look that’s a bit more fashion forward. One big trend to emerge this year: Stacked shapes. From Terzani and Tom Dixon to Bomma and Italamp, jewelry-like forms decorated the fairgrounds, threading together to form tall, stacked pendants or linear strung suspensions.

Furiosalone & Beyond

Away from the trade show grounds, Moooi unveiled a stunning new showroom, the perfect backdrop for several new launches. Among them: Iconic Eyes, a fixture created in partnership with BMW, using dozens of vintage headlights to craft something entirely unique. The new Party wall sconces decorated the first floor, with music and sounds coming from each of the five distinct characters. In the lower level, textile artisans showed new techniques, pairing Indigo blue dye from Japanese denim with leather and experimental fabrics new to the Moooi collection.

Tom Dixon made a splash with his new restaurant concept, The Manzoni. Outfitted entirely with Tom Dixon fixtures and furniture, The Manzoni promises great food alongside great design, complete with an outdoor space and an array of new Tom Dixon designs, including his new collections Opal, Spring, Swirl, and Tube.

If that wasn’t enough inspiration for one week, artist Alex Chinneck unzipped light in epic proportions; Nilufar Depot showcased emerging artist and sculptors like Jonathan Trayte; and Rossana Orlandi curated some of the finest pieces we’ve ever seen, including lighting designer Matthew McCormick. I think we found enough to tide us over until 2021. Ciao, Milano!

Artist Alex Chinneck created larger than life works of light art.

Nilufar Depot and Jonathan Trayte

A glimpse inside Rossana Orlandi’s famed Milano showroom, featuring the Mila pendant from Matthew McCormick.