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Milan furniture fair 2009: Best in show

By David A. Keeps Given the global recession, one might expect inspiration and innovation to be in short supply at the world’s most important home furnishings show, which closed April 27. Yet the 2009 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, where top designers showcased their latest looks, offered proof that lean times can inspire fresh thinking. Inspired by Maori legends, New Zealand designer David Trubridge created pendulous lighting fixtures that look like giant water droplets suspended in baskets made from aluminum, sanded plastic and bamboo plywood.
By David A. Keeps

Given the global recession, one might expect inspiration and innovation to be in short supply at the world’s most important home furnishings show, which closed April 27. Yet the 2009 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, where top designers showcased their latest looks, offered proof that lean times can inspire fresh thinking.

Inspired by Maori legends, New Zealand designer David Trubridge created pendulous lighting fixtures that look like giant water droplets suspended in baskets made from aluminum, sanded plastic and bamboo plywood.
(Franco Forci / For The Times.)

The 2009 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, where the world’s top designers showcased their latest looks, offered proof that lean times can inspire fresh thinking. Click to Times staff writer David A. Keeps report in this PHOTO GALLERY.


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