Salone del Mobile.Milano 2023: Chair-ish is the Word, pt. 1

The 61st edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano was a success, not just by the numbers (attendees up 15% compared with 2022) but also the breadth and quality of new products.

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2023, back in its original April slot for the first time in three years, was elevated by architect Beppe Finessi’s expanded cultural program which brought architecture, art and photography to the fairgrounds as well as the returning biennial Euroluce exhibition devoted to innovative new lighting products.

 Peak | Michael Anastassiades

This series of lighting fixtures with minimalist elongated cones take inspiration from the shapes of mountain peaks and allow for different configurations, resulting in a range of sleek and subtle designs. Each piece in the collection is crafted with precision and attention to detail, showcasing the company’s signature style.

Pallana Light | Moooi

Designed by San Francisco-based IDEO, this suspended lighting fixture incorporates rotating light rings that optimize the available lighting area, is available in two muted colours and offers a dim-to-warm functionality to control the colour temperature moods throughout the day.

Vector | A-N-D Lighting

Designed by Lukas Peet, this floor or table lamp channels the spirit of Brutalist architecture, playing with the interchange of voids and volumes and offering a gradient effect as light washes down its inner surfaces. The lamp’s bold materiality is conveyed in weathered steel, black steel, or polished stainless steel, affirming its simple yet powerful form.

Puff | Tom Dixon

Inspired by inflatable geometry, Puff is an intricate polyhedral object made of 30 metal panels, arrayed to form the rigid structure of a 45 cm diameter lamp. Available in brass and silver, the collection includes single pendants, trio round pendant system and mega pendant system.

Bilboquet | Flos

Conceived by Canadian designer Philippe Malouin, this lamp is deceptively simple yet full of character. Inspired by magnetic ball joints, the lamp’s range of movements are both playful and precise, and its versatile design make it useful as a task light on a desk or table lamp that emits a soft glow against a wall.

Raphael | Minotti

Italian-Danish design duo GamFratesi have delivered a full domestic collection with three sofa variants, two types of armchairs, dining chairs and a footstool. The organic forms of the pieces are enhanced by sophisticated upholstery, and the design adapts to the morphology of the seating shapes.

Mickey | Gebrüder Thonet Vienna

This new collaboration with architect and designer India Mahdavi got its name for a pair of distinctive “ears” that recall those of a mouse. Mahdavi’s praise for the company’s ability to translate freehand drawings into high-quality wooden pieces is seen in the chair’s black wood structure set in slight contrast with two different shades of green upholstery.

Unut Oval Wall Mirror | Nomom

A natural solid walnut frame manufactured and polished by hand and irregularly offset from the perfect geometry of the glass strikes a provocative balance between innovation and tradition. The mirror itself is silver, providing a clear reflection that enhances any room.