Franco Forci / For The Times
At the 2010 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the Milan furniture fair where the world's greats in home décor are gathered to premiere their 2010 collections, Philippe Starck strode up to the pedestal where the designer's new outdoor chairs were perched like art. He ran his fingers over the soft curves of the silky polyethylene, and as cameras flashed and onlookers nudged closer to hear his verdict on the display, Starck didn't say much of anything to Claudio Luti, owner of manufacturer Kartell, also pictured here. Instead, Starck peered into an armrest, where gloomy black suddenly gave way to sunny orange, and he smiled. A light at the end of the tunnel. Optimism reins at this year's show. Hop along for a tour of the bright (and not so bright) ideas to premiere this year.
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