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Sighted at Salone.

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Almost 400,000 of us gathered in Milan for Salone del Mobile, one of Europe's leading design festivals. Design practitioners from around the world came together to celebrate the classics, the current and the future of furniture, fabrics and materials. eporta was there to take note of the hottest releases and most notable trends. Here’s just a short snapshot of our favourite moments from the show.

Mater Design: Going Circular

Following the UN's warning that we have just 12 years to prevent environmental catastrophe, there was, somewhat unsurprisingly a focus across the show on sustainability. Unhappy to stop at just utilising recycled materials, we saw brands looking to go 'circular', and considering how their designs could actually help reverse some of the damage already done.

Mater Design pitted themselves as leaders of this movement. Their ‘Ocean Collection’ is a sustainable reimagination of Joergen and Nanna Ditzel's table and chairs. Using plastic waste from the world's oceans, and remodelling it into classic garden furniture, each component can be disassembled into its purest form and recycled for further use.

Mater Ocean Collection, available now on eporta.
Mater Ocean Collection, available now on eporta.

Winning several awards, including the 2019 Wallpaper* Magazine Design Award, 'Ocean' is quickly drawing a lot of attention to itself and circular design. Source 'Ocean' now on eporta.

The Mater Ocean chair, made from upcycled ocean waste.
Mater Ocean Chair
The Mater Ocean chair, made from upcycled ocean waste.

Tala: A Brighter Future

Another frontrunner in the race to offer this World a brighter future, were London based lighting designers, Tala. They’ve long championed ecological efforts, and their newest light Magma is no exception. Debuting at Euroluce, the diffuser is made from disused solar panels; crushed, cooled and upcycled into new material, Glaskeramik.

Tala's new Magma Collection which debuted in Milan.
Tala's new Magma Collection which debuted in Milan.

This new ceramic crystalline diffuser was paired with Tala’s latest dim-to-warm light bulb, Sphere (pictured below).

The marriage of bold, spherical shapes against the cold, crystal Glaskeramik evokes a sense of mysticality; a trend explored by several designers in Milan, as you’ll see later on in this article.

Source Tala's environmentally leading range on eporta.

Tala's new Sphere lamp.
Tala Sphere
Tala's new Sphere lamp.

Petite Friture: Natural Reflection

In an ode to our natural environment, this year we also saw more and more designers scoping out natural resources for inspiration. Exhibitions at the show were adorned by huge plant displays, water features and ideas of organic beauty.

Petite Friture's Francis Mirror debuted as in the form of tables.
Petite Friture's Francis Mirror debuted as in the form of tables.

Much of the furniture itself took a cue from nature too, such as Constance Guisset’s softly pigmented ’Francis’ mirror for Petite Friture. Debuting this year as a three-part table series, the mirrors showcased a playful and somewhat ethereal interpretation of water.

Source the original mirror now on eporta.

Petite Friture
Petite Friture

Made by Choice: Ideas of the Cosmos

As touched upon already, ideas of mystic surrealism were a source of interest for many at this year’s Salone presentation.

Bohinc's Saturn Collection.
Bohinc's Saturn Collection.

Bohinc Studio launched their whimsical 'Saturn' collection, while Made by Choice partnered with fêted artist, Matthew Day Jackson, to devise 'Kolho'. This bold series of dining furniture was centred around the first moon landing, 50 years ago this July. The surface of the seat is textured with gentle craters, much like the surface of the moon.

These cosmically inspired creations showcased sculptural, spherical and tubular silhouettes that indulged the imagination.

Source 'Kolho' by Made by Choice on eporta.

Made by Choice's Kolho Chair.
Kolho Chair in Space Rainbow.
Made by Choice's Kolho Chair.

Paola C: Curious Things

In collaboration with two of today's most popular designers Neri & Hu and Jaime Hayon, Paola C also toyed with our visual curiosity. Their exhibition 'Blurred Rooms' debuted their two new tableware collections in a 'clever mutable exhibition scenario'.

The collections featured a combination of blown glass, moulded metals and coloured ceramics, coming together to form warm, intriguing interior accessories.

Source Paola C's collections now on eporta.

Paola C's 'Blurred Rooms' exhibition.
Paola C's new collections.
Paola C's 'Blurred Rooms' exhibition.

Fritz Hansen x Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon's influence as a designer was seen in numerous places around Milan this year.

His collaboration with the iconic Fritz Hansen was unsurprisingly worthy of much attention. Working with the Danish design house, Hayon created the JH97 Lounge Chair, which we predict is soon to become a classic.

Striking a balance between the traditional and the contemporary (and available at a lower price point than other Fritz Hansen pieces) this chair is said to be the beginning of a new direction for the company.

Browse Fritz Hansen's collection now on eporta.

Fritz Hansen's JH97 Lounge Chair, designed by Jaime Hayon.
Fritz Hansen's JH97 Lounge Chair, designed by Jaime Hayon.

Tom Dixon: New Beginnings

Salone always showcases new beginnings, yet no-one quite celebrated a new direction like Tom Dixon.

A flurry of designers, bloggers and press alike, headed to his new showroom come restaurant; The Manzoni.

The Manzoni
The Manzoni

"After years of doing five-day exhibitions in Milan, we finally decided that we had enough of putting such huge energy into pop-up interventions," said Dixon, "with the city being so active and engaging right now, it is the right time to forget being temporary and build something permanent."

As one may expect the restaurant had an other-worldly feel. Paired with an abundance of natural features from the plant installations to raw stone structures, and charcoal infused food the experience was synonymous with the Tom Dixon brand.

Shop the Tom Dixon collection now on eporta.

The Manzoni bathroom.
The Manzoni restaurant.
The Manzoni restaurant.

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