Milan Gallery
12 Images

New designs back to basics at 2008 Milan furniture show

Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the world’s most prestigious furniture trade show, ended its six-day run Monday. More than 2,500 exhibitors previewed their latest home furnishings to 250,000 visitors. The biggest news: The gilded extravagances and luxurious looks that defined the market last year now play second fiddle to pieces exhibiting refined form and function. At MatteoGrassi, leather was cut into a fishnet pattern for a chair back reminiscent of Harry Bertoia’s classic 1950s wire seating for Knoll. (Franco Forci / For The Times)
Designer François Russo used the countertop material Corian for the X-shaped legs of this director’s chair, a piece made for Poltrona Frau(Franco Forci / For The Times)
The lineup at Kartell included Patricia Urquiola’s Frilly chairs. (Franco Forci / For The Times)
Many designers tried to balance their sleek, minimal aesthetic with shoppers’ growing affinity for ornamentation. Here, new chairs in Philippe Starck’s Bon collection for xO(Franco Forci / For The Times)
Konstantin Grcic’s design for the Myto cantilevered chair is made of a new synthetic material called Ultradur, which is good for indoor or outdoor use and is recyclable. The piece was made for Plank(Franco Forci / For The Times)
Gervasoni blended IKEA-like simplicity with a helping of Italian refinement. Candlestick lamps with two-dimensional bases were topped with vibrant orange shades. (Franco Forci / For The Times)
A bit surreal: The Danish company Hay’s stool, which appeared to be lightweight and inflatable, instead was made of heavy metal. (Franco Forci / For The Times)
The Twine table from Casamania had wire legs that passed through the top, creating an occasional table that was as cute as a button. (Franco Forci / For The Times)
This promotional photo shows off the Graham & Brown Couture wallpaper design by Marcel Wanders, another Milan standout. In a dream house set up away from the exhibition, Wanders’ design collective Moooi showcased other examples of his work, including upholstery and carpet tiles. (Nicole Marnati by MWStudio)
Graphic patterns defined the Gervasoni space. (Franco Forci / For The Times)
In a riff on the classic Mies van der Rohe button-tufted leather daybed, Fabio Novembre’s piece featured a larger-than-life-size black rubber figure that recalled a Henry Moore sculpture. (Franco Forci / For The Times)
At the Arco booth, Dutch designer Bertjan Pot fiddled with proportions. He fashioned the wooden Arc bench like a hefty boat, but sized it to slip under his Slim dining room table, with its skinny legs and an ultra-thin top. For more pictures from Milan, look for a second gallery to be posted Monday, only in the Home & Garden section of (Franco Forci / For The Times)