The Best Ideas From Design’s Biggest Event Of The Year

At Salone del Mobile, designers showed off new furniture, lighting, home accessories, and experimental design. Here are the best of the best.

BY DIANA BUDDS04.11.17 | 7:00 AM

Last week, Milan hosted its annual Salone del Mobile furniture fair and design week. During Salone, designers and manufacturers pull out all the stops to present their best work to the more than 300,000 people who flock to Milan for the fair. Think of it as the furniture industry’s fashion week.

This year, designers explored the fertile ground between digital fabrication and craft and the value of multisensory experience-driven design; they developed new materials and production techniques; they tried to solve some of our most mundane problems, like moving; they found ways to make boring furniture categories exciting; they looked to design to alleviate some of the stresses wrought by our trying political times; and, of course, they created a lot stuff that’s simply gorgeous.

Here are a few of our favorite new products–ranging from 3D-printed rugs to a lamp that glows like a summer’s day and speakers that disappear into your living room.

[Photo: courtesy Ventura Lambrate]


Designers Mireille Burger and Rudi Boiten of the Eindhoven-based Studio Plot are aiming to make 3D printing more sophisticated by using textile-based techniques like stitching, weaving, and knitting to inform digital fabrication. Their geometric rugs are printed from a flexible plastic and coated with textile fibers for added tactility.

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