The design world turns to Italy this week for Salone Internazionale del Mobile, better known as the Milan furniture fair. Times staff writer David A. Keeps is on the scene, offering this sneak peek at some of the furniture, lighting and decorative accessories making their premieres at the show.
Demonstrating the lengths manufacturers will go to make a design statement during the event, Bisazza commissioned designer Jaime Hayon to create a full-size vintage-style plane covered with black and white glass mosaic tiles and detailed in white-gold-backed Bisazza tiles. This model shows Hayon’s “Jet Set,” an installation for Milan furniture week that sits in a hangar at the Superstudio Piu, an offsite exhibition space in Via Tortona, Italy. (Bisazza)
Known for her innovative use of fabrics, Dutch designer Hella Jongerius created a series of whimsical leather objects called Office Pets for Vitra Edition. (Hansjorg Walter)
The casters for Jongerius Office Pets feature strips of leather rolled into a wheel. (David A. Keeps / Los Angeles Times)
The Eindhoven region of the Netherlands is emerging as a design center. Twenty-five firms converged under the name Design Factory Brainport Eindhoven to exhibit unusual and fanciful custom pieces, including the aptly named Marbelous table from Ontwerpduo. The track carved in the maple carries marbles from the tabletop to the base of the legs. (Ontwerpduo)
Legendary interior designer Andrée Putman created the Zenith table from solid Corian, with brass inlays on the top and base. The pedestal is hollowed out and lined in gold-leafed glass tiles from Bisazza. (Bisazza)
A detail of the Zenith table: An up-light inside the base sets the Bisazza tiles aglow. (Bisazza)
Student designs abound at off-site events held during the Milan furniture fair. This piece, on display at a group show of universities held in the bustling Via Tortona district, mixes contemporary minimalism with an LED-illuminated neoclassic pattern that glows through the plastic shell. It’s called Mr. Hyde and was designed by Pablo Crespo, Martin Franzen and Isaac Pineiro of Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan. (David A. Keeps / Los Angeles Times)
Designer Susanne Philippson’s Butterfly clock for Diamantini & Domeniconi, an Italian accessories firm. The clock face seems to dissipate into the flutter of butterflies, which can be positioned on the wall however one chooses. (Diamantini & Domeniconi)
Renowned for its boldly striped and patterned fabrics, the Milanese fashion house Missoni has moved into furniture. The firm’s bentwood loungers, carpets, side tables and pendants come in the seasons most expressive colors: silver, purple and pink.
For a comprehensive report on the designs presented in Milan this week, look for the story April 24 in the print edition of The Times Home section. (Missoni)