After two pandemics interrupted years ago, Salone del Mobile, one of the most respected design fairs in the world, returned to IRL this week in Milan, Italy. WIRED went to the stands, stalls and exhibitions in search of the most interesting new products, designs and designers. An absolute melting pot of creative talent, the Salone del Mobile, think of CES, but for the world of interiors, it transforms the city with pop-ups as global home brands and aspiring design graduates scrub together to show off their ideas under the Italian sun. Hard concert! But the show forms opinions and sets design trends in motion. This is what caught our attention.
Ikea Unlimited turntable
Positive proof that the vinyl revolution has evolved far beyond audiophile listening rooms, this turntable, whose name means “unlimited” in Swedish, has been designed in conjunction with the electronic music giants Swedish House Mafia. Details are still scarce, but the thick design will have Bluetooth connectivity and analog connectors. Fortunately, it comes with a cartridge from the trusted brand Audio Technica, which should elevate performance beyond the swamp standard and ensure that your records are not damaged, as is often the case with cheap needles. The turntable will be available in the fall and will be released alongside a number of other music-oriented pieces, including a desk specifically designed to house the music production kit. $ to be determined from Ikea.
CEA Modular Bathroom Designs Abaco
Please keep your jokes about prison toilets, because this is an exceptionally innovative modular bathroom system from the Italian company CEA Designs. By combining drain, drain and bidet functions along with optional units that include shower heads, partitions, sinks and faucets, the idea is that by having all the works in one space (perfectly hidden inside the units), it is much easier to install. a space as a bathroom. Made entirely of infinitely recyclable and hygienic stainless steel, this rugged design features elegant floor-built lighting as well as rear-mounted LEDs that illuminate the wall against which it is placed. Price on request CEA designs.
Simon Schmitz Lighting Lamp DAY
Based in Hamburg, Germany, Simon Schmitz creates modern sculptural lighting that is both functional and performative. Nowhere is this balance better illustrated than in the DIA monolithic floor lamp. This attractive 1.8 meter high anodized aluminum, steel and glass tower includes two powerful 3000K LEDs that can be adjusted to act as downlights, projectors or both, depending on the atmosphere you want to create. Inside the glass tube, two red steel wires conduct electricity between the two LEDs, while providing structural reinforcement for the entire design. The top-mounted cooling element appears to float in the air when the lights are on. $ to be determined from Simon Schmitz.
Krill Design Homeware 3D Printed Lemon
Last year we came across the Italian design studio Krill when it launched Ohmie, fully compostable lamps each made from the skin of three juicy Sicilian oranges. Discarded skin is added to a biopolymer base derived from plant starches, which can then be used for 3D printing. However, not content with keeping a citrus fruit, the company has now adapted its material to use Mediterranean lemons. The first three items made with the bright yellow biopolymer are a magazine rack, a wall clock, and of course a fruit bowl. Not to mention its orange origins, Krill has also added two more items to its Ribera collection: Metho, a totemic modular desk organizer, and Hidee, an open vase with a concave shape that makes the flower stalks inserted they seem to disappear. These items not only have an attractive look and smell (yes, each has the natural aroma of the fruit from which it is made), each product compensates for about a kilo of CO2. $ 68 (€ 65) and up from Krill design.
Wall light Pierre Murot U1
Pierre Murot is an industrial designer who graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers and the École Boulle in Paris. Her work explores new ways of working with often forgotten natural materials, reusing them in different, contemporary ways. At the Salone he exhibited a project that seeks innovative ways of working clay, adjusting the process of artisanal extrusion to create modern functional items. His original research project, carried out on site in a traditional clay brick workshop in the French region of Dordogne, has resulted in a series of pieces that include these deceptively simple and textured LED wall sconces. as well as a collection of modular storage units reminiscent of our student days, building shelves with scaffolding boards and breeze blocks, albeit with a lot more class. $ to be determined from Pierre Murot
Sideboard Cyryl Zakrzewski Noise
Many products on display at Salone 2022 try to use recycled plastic to make something aesthetically pleasing. Some efforts are more successful than others, such as this piece by Polish designer Cyryl Zakrzewski, who believes that “plastic should now be considered a luxury material.” More like a topological map than a living room piece of furniture, Zakrzewski’s 6-foot-long Noise window is made entirely of recycled plastic, which is CNC milled to create its waveform characteristics. Part of the designer’s Continuum collection, the synthetic material, made with the help of Boomplastic, a Polish collective that has created its own injector mills and machines to enable effective small-scale plastic recycling, has the intention to look like natural stone until you get up. close and the true nature of the structure of the shop window becomes evident. $ to be determined from Cyril Zakrzewski
Prostoria Rostrum and Sabot sofas
Modularity was great news at the fair, with countless brands showcasing products that can be adjusted, adjusted, expanded and updated to suit your needs and space. In addition to the Abaco bathroom (see above), we were very impressed with the work of the Slovenian furniture brand Prostoria. Working alongside Benjamin Hubert’s Layer design agency, the company created two modular sofas, Rostrum and Sabot, both of which can be set up for the home and workplace, and in particular the gray area that we offered the WFH revolution. In addition to being able to scale the sofas to fit your space, each can be equipped with accessories such as electrical elements, height-adjustable side tables, poufs, planters and even screen dividers to create booths. $ to be determined from Prostory
La Pavoni Cellini Evolution coffee machine
While we’re all in favor of the simplicity of the touch screen that saves time from a modern bean-to-cup coffee machine, it’s hard not to fall into the overtly analog charms of this all-Italian La Pavoni coffee machine. Weighing in at 66 pounds and with two boilers, the Cellini Evoluzione combines professional-quality components in a home-sized machine, with glorious touchscreens (redesigned and upgraded to this new version) and acres of high-quality stainless steel. We took a first look at the new backstage machine at the Smeg booth (which was acquired by La Pavoni in 2019) and we can confirm that this new version is priced to face Rocket Espresso and La Marzocco. $ 2,464 (£ 2,000) from Smeg
Baku circle, rectangle, square
There is a light touch to Baku Sakashita’s work that focuses on the importance of artisanal form, with naturalistic shapes and materials that effortlessly combine with modern functionality. His latest lighting project, three portable wireless charging lamps, is soft, sculptural and wonderfully tactile, with the light bulb, wireless charging coils and electronics buried inside. They are subtle, practical and inventive: three touchstones that are often lost when art and technology are combined. $ to be determined from Standard study
Georg Mengel is a designer of tables and chairs based in Copenhagen, but before that his master’s degree in engineering saw him working in the cement industry. No wonder he thinks concrete is a versatile material that is not used outside of construction. So he set out to create concrete furniture inspired by modernist classics and the traditions of Danish and Japanese design. The problem was that the resulting pieces weighed too much.
Mengel used his engineering skills to experiment with cement reinforced with carbon and alkali resistant fiberglass to make stronger, thinner slabs with less concrete. As a result, its 7.8-foot-long dining table weighs 220 pounds, when it would weigh 550 pounds if done with traditional stuff. “The material used is kept to a minimum, with a minimal footprint / impact ratio,” says Mengel. “This also allows the parts to be shipped as a flat package, taking up the least amount of space in transportation.” Price on request M3ng3l.