Notes from Milan — Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Ciao, PTSD!), part 2
The fairground alone was a zoo, with 386,236 (official number) bodies cramming aisles to see a couple thousand exhibitors split among the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Euroluce, Workplace3.0, and S.Project. Add entire neighbourhoods like Brera, Tortona, 5vie, La Triennale and Ventura Centrale with twice that many gawkers, and it’s natural to wonder where they put the trauma centres to help deal with the PTSD (post-traumatic Salone disorder).
Star Wars Collection│Kenneth Cobonpue
Seeing a Star Wars tie-in at Salone is not what was surprising: what was surprising was not seeing more of it (for better or worse). Still, people were tripping over themselves to sit in this Imperial TIE Fighter Wings armchair and put their feet up on the Chewie rocking stool. The Philippine designer’s collaboration with Disney includes four furniture pieces and a home accessory inspired by characters and vehicles in the Star Wars pantheon.
Extremely comfortable, fairly light and easy to move, simple and cleanly designed is this settee by French designer Marie Christine Dorner. Uncover is especially eye-catching in the textured, graphically stitched, quilt-like Moby upholstery fabric.
It may look like a black hole (or something else) threatening to pull you down, but this armchair – a leather-wrapped fiberglass shell on a metal frame designed by Verter Turroni — is actually quite comfortable.
Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the idea behind this collection is “less structure, more pieces.” The design abandons classic lines in favour of a conceptual programme made up of repetitive angular shapes and raw materials such as aluminium or teak wood, and parallel fabrics or leather.
Clearly the most dominant feature of GamFratesi Studio’s design is the wing that embraces this armchair, sustaining the frame like a sculptural bustier and emphasized by the contrasts in texture between the saddle hide element, softness of the upholstered interior and legs in Pewter-coloured die-cast aluminium. The family of products includes an armchair, footstool and dining chair, both with the same features but in different sizes.
Designed by Francesco Rota, this seating series is composed of a three-person sofa and linear or shaped sectional elements, with or without removable seat cushions. The structure is padded with stress-resistant expanded polyurethane; the upholstery cover is removable and available in Paola Lenti’s signature indoor fabrics.