What to expect from big-name designers at this year's Milan Furniture Fair
The Milan Furniture Fair, April 4-9, is a major event in the world of design and decoration where industry professionals can admire the latest creations. Here's a look at some of the new items on show at the Italian event and heading to interiors soon.
The British designer's new collection is focused on lighting. New futuristic designs include the "Cut" facetted ceiling light, the "Tube" light, inspired by artistic optics, and a new version of the "Melt" light that can be mounted on a wall, ceiling or floor. Design fans heading to Dixon's exhibition can discover, for the very first time, the British designer's collaboration with the Swedish furniture giant IKEA, in the form of a modular bed/sofa called "Delaktig." The designer's first ever textile collection, "Super Texture," will be heading to Milan too, with velvets, boucles, and knits featured on cushions and blankets.
The French architect has joined forces with furniture maker Poltrona Frau for a seating collection designed for the Louvre museum's Abu Dhabi outpost, which he also designed. The collection includes leather benches and seats that echo the curves of the building, located on Saadiyat Island.
Architect Zaha Hadid -- the first female recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize who died in March 2016 -- left behind several unfinished projects still in development. One of those is the "Forma" cheese grater, manufactured by Italian brand Alessi, inspired by the shape of pebbles, smoothed over time by water and wind.
Pulpo is expanding its "Brutal Beautiful" collection with "Pow," "Bang" and "Kaboom" armchairs by designer Hermann August Weizenegger and the "Gin" table by Sebastian Herkner.
The venerable luggage-maker and leather goods expert Louis Vuitton will present new pieces from its now much anticipated "Objets Nomades" collection, with travel-minded designs from India Mahdavi and Patricia Urquiola.
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Mooi promises new work from the likes of Dutch designer Marcel Wanders in "A Life Extraordinary," a presentation celebrating an exceptional world of remarkable detail, featuring sculptural lighting and luxurious wool carpets.
Seletti has teamed with Studio Job on a collection of fast-food furniture including a hot dog sofa and a hamburger armchair.
Wallpaper and fabric designer Pierre Frey has a collaboration with Pierre Gonalons in store for Milan.