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The 2019 edition of the world’s premier event for furnishings and home decor trends — Salone del Mobile — gave the world a good look at the latest trends in furniture and lighting. This year’s focus area was Euroluce, highlighting new and exciting lighting designs and Workplace3.0, which presented the latest design innovations for the office. An enormous cadre of 2,418 exhibitors presented their designs to more than 386,236 visitors from 181 countries, up 12 percent over 2017, the last time Euroluce was the featured segment.
Here are some of the awesome designs highlights from Salone del Mobile that Homedit wants to make sure you see!
Table from Innovative Material
The elegance of the Elica table by Zanotta belies the advanced technology that was required to create it. The base is made from Cristalplant®, which is a polyester-resin composite material that incorporates lots of minerals. The new material allows designers to create sinuous shapes that have sculptural strength. The solid colored base is topped by an acidated crystal top painted in Sahara Noir and topped with a stain-resistant clear matt polyester protective varnish. Elica is a very artful contemporary dining table, which draws attention thanks to its elegantly twisted base.
Modern Writing Desk
A sleek glass-topped desk, also from Zanotti, features a modern off-set compartment. The asymmetrical design is just as functional as a traditional desk with a center drawer, but it has a great deal more flair. At the other end, the plate glass top of the Cavour writing desk is supported by a column of modern drawers. Available in a natural tone or in this black vanished oak frame, the desk is almost like pared-back frame, exposing the inner structure of a piece, whose artistry exceeds that of any enclosed desk design. The bonus of this modern desk is that it includes storage, which many types do not.
A Favorite, Remixed
A little like a musical remix, designer Jean Marie Massaud has revamped MDF Italia’s favorite chair on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. The Flow Filo features a metal silhouette that is crafted from steel, in either a nickel or black chrome finish. The base features a single sled, completing the versatile piece that is both classic and contemporary at the same time. Although it is designed without a pad, an optional leather cushion for the seat as well as the chair back is available. Even better, the wire-like structure of the Flow Filo is a great outdoor design so it makes sense that it is also available with an epoxy powder coating, making it suitable for outdoor use too.
Decorative Wall Shelving
Even the most compact spaces can take be transformed by decorative wall shelving like this from Pacini & Cappellini. Shelves of varied lengths rendered in a variety of wood veneers are anchored on artfully arranged modular strips of titanium painted metal. Designed by architect Norberto Delfinetti, the shelving unit is ideal for an entryway because custom additions can include mirrors and clothes hooks in addition to the shelves.
Sculptural Bar Cabinet
It’s a piece that can significantly upgrade a room: The Meridiano Bar Cabinet from Ginger and Jagger is equal parts art and function because of the offset shape, meticulously arranged wood grain marquetry and stylishly placed brass handles. Intended to play on the concepts of polarities in nature, the cabinet has a substantial and magnetic vibe. Both the interior and exterior of the bar cabinet shown here are made from American Walnut veneer along with interior components that are lacquered, however other wood finishes are also available. A standout bar cabinet is a grand option compared to a simple bar cart and can be a viable alternative to the average credenza that is often purposed as a bar.
Uber Elegant Coffee Table
Ginger and Jagger also presented their Lily Coffee Table, which channels the floating elegance of the namesake water plant. Set atop a base created from fig tree branches cast in brass, the coffee table has a number of layered tops surfaces, each made with masterful marquetry that lends each one the look of a petal. The version shown here is done in American Walnut veneer, but it is also available in Ebony, Amara Ebony or Olive Ash wood veneer. The stunning multi-part piece bridges the gap between the traditional coffee table and the current trend of using multiple smaller tables.
A Whole New Room
Wewood of Portugal presented an entire living room equipped with everything necessary to create a new, stylish environment that embraces quality and elegance at the same time. The dominant piece in the room is the Bowie sofa, which has a slim but substantial profile. The long design of the gorgeous sofa provides ample seating and its use of memory foam will preserve the deep and well-padded seat cushions. Behind the velvet-upholstered sofa is the Float Bookshelf, which uses a light frame design on which the smoked glass shelves seem to float. The design is also ideal for delineating the living room space, as it does here. Last but certainly not least, the Luna Mirrors on the wall provide a stunning wall decor element while reflecting back the vibrant color of the sofa.
A Chair of Your Own
Dooq’s Egoísta Chair is literally named for the design that envelops and ensconces a single person in his or her own seating environment. Translated from the Portuguese as “selfish” the name of this chair really does fit its profile, which rises above the head and shoulder of the person sitting in it. A modern twist on the concept of wings on the chair encloses the seating space, here done in a light-colored rattan. The chair’s design was said to be inspired by the narrow streets of Naples and is intended to feel like a throne. The solid wood frame of this modern armchair is available in Natural Walnut, Australia, Natural Oak, Beech Camel, and Beech Chocolat and the seat can be upholstered in a textile or leather.
Both on its own and in conjunction with new furniture pieces, Natevo’s new offerings for 2019 include lighting that changes the way it is used in a room. Starting with the Ashaa Lamp, designed by Stefana Bigi, the fixture makes a big statement, whether used alone or in multiples. Standing tall, this modern floor lamp features eight slim slats of curved wood that enclose a clear crystal ball as they soar upward. LED strips inside the slats and in the metal top play off of the glass globe to create a magical lighting environment. The Ashaa is perfect for highlighting an entryway or for adding some mood lighting to a living space.
In the same way, Natevo’s Babele Bookcase uses light in an unexpected way. While underlighting is nothing new for shelving and bookcases, this design by Matteo Nunziati places the light at the center of the round bookcase, allowing the glow to spill out of the middle. The tall metal bookcase (it swivels!) has dividers set at a variety of widths which means that whatever is displayed in each section is highlighted by the central lighting element. Besides being a modern and distinctive piece, the Babele is an ideal solution for a space that doesn’t much room for shelving on the walls because this can be placed anywhere.
Sometimes, no matter how spacious a home is, a room needs to do double duty as far as function is concerned. For these occasions, there’s nothing more amazing for saving space than a room system from Clei. The company is known for its transformable furniture that quickly and easily changes a space from a living area to a bedroom set-up. This particular example shows how the sofa, complete with a full cushion seat and one lounge element can be converted into a double bed with a real mattress and bedframe. It’s a much more modern and useful take on the old Murphy bed concept.
Wittman’s Vuelta Lounge Sofa is just that — part sofa and part chaise longue. Designed by the well-known Jamie Hayon, this piece of furniture will make anyone stop to say “ooh” and “ahh.” Wide tufts combined with the generous and sinuous shape and a deep, rich color create a sofa that is like a siren song to come and sink in. The chaise section of the sofa can be incorporated at either the left or the right end and is perfect for solo lounging or for cozying up with family or friends for a great conversation.
While the bedroom is a private space, the stunning Margareth bed from Misura Emme might drive you to show it off to friends and family. The modern and elegant design by Massimo Molteni combines an upholstered headboard and waif-thin platform base of solid wood, capped off with slim and seductive legs. Unlike the standard platform bed, the Margareth has a much lighter and ethereal look because it sits up off of the ground. Here, the bed is used in a gray color palette that creates a luxurious and serene but sophisticated bedroom.
Next, to the bed, the Milvian nightstand by Francesco Lucchese is a sophisticated fusion of materials and styles. Framed on the sides, the glass-topped stand is open in the front and the back, which adds to the versatility, as does the drawer, which appears to be a fixed section. It is part of a set that includes complementary pieces such as a dresser.
More than a Bench
Yes, it is a chaise longue, but the Aplomb from Ivano Redaelli is far more functional. The relaxed, casual look is achieved through the updated design that combines a textile surface and a sleek wooden frame in a piece that could pass for a modern spin on a bench. Ideal for a bedroom or dressing area, the high-end design is very attractive but not overwhelming thanks to its gracious profile. Used in place of a bench, it is more comfortable for extended periods of sitting or lounging.
Book lovers will rejoice over the BEAT modular bookcase from 4 Mariani designed by Umberto Asnago. Much, much different from the standard bookcase because of its unusually shaped units, the BEAT has a totally different look. More eclectic than the typical regimental outline, this design breaks all the rules of symmetry and adds a fun factor to space. Definitely meant for those who embrace being different, this bookcase will bring added interest to a contemporary space. The veneer finishes include bleached oak, oak dyed dark grey or oak dyed in dark brown and the back if the bookcase is covered in saddle leather as are the containers. are in saddle leather. In front of the shelving, the Giotto coffee table is actually composed of three oval sections set at varying heights. The tops are crafted from marble that has a half-toroid edge and the base is lacquered plywood.
Dark, Sculptural Coffee Table
Almost more of a sculpture than just a coffee table, the Tama from Walter Knoll is a two-tiered design that floats one expanse of marble over another. As a counterpoint, the rounded forms that serve as the base of the table are equally sculptural and are not a feature to be overlooked. Among coffee table designs. this is a unique look that still fits in with the current trend of using more than one table at the center in front of the sofa. The black marble is also super sophisticated, and adding a bit of a darker, moderating effect with a black coffee table is a good way to counteract softer colors like the mauve and muted pink accents.
Coffee Table Substitute
Not every room has the space for a large coffee table and, even if it does, it might not be handy enough. Instead, consider a small side table that can substitute for a coffee table, such as the Jok from Porada. It is a modest, round piece that features a pole support and round base, allowing it to be tucked tightly up against a chair or sofa, putting the table surface right next to the seated person. This little table is available with a pole of solid canaletta walnut, metal base and top crafted from wood, in glass or stone. This style of table could also work as a modern nightstand, especially in a bedroom where the look of heftier design would be unappealing.
Clear Dining Table
Hugely versatile because it’s clear, the Sir Gio by Philippe Starck for Kartell is another modern design using polycarbonate. The base is crafted in an innovative way, molded to a strength that can support a large glass top. For a little extra flair, the base can be done in a smoked version and the top can be produced in bronze, dusty pink, fumé, green or yellow. Even more, the base and top can be mixed and matched to create a distinctive table that fits the individual style.
Vitro showed some fabulous, colorful versions of iconic designs that will liven up a room. This large blue table is the Trapèze, originally designed by Jean Prouvé for the Cité Universitaire in Antony near Paris. Sheetmetal legs have a trapezoidal shape that inspired the table’s name. To go with it, the midcentury classic Plastic Chair by Charles and Ray Eames has a light silhouette thanks to its metal “Eiffel Tower” base and colorful molded seat. Or, for more drama, another option is the Heart Cone Chair by Verner Panton from 1958. Here, it’s shown in a vibrant fuschia color.
As the mid-century movement started to morph, Warren Platner created this Armchair for Knoll in 1966. His aim was to show the “decorative, gentle, graceful” shapes that becoming part of the modern furniture scene. His Arm Chair, shown here with a regal burgundy upholstered seat, is ideal for a dining chair or an occasional chair. The welded, curved steel rods are attached to circular and semi-circular frames, and each section is part and parcel of the artful whole.
A Chair with Legendary Style
The Barcelona chair, designed by the legendary Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929 has not gone out of style and likely never will. Knoll says that it is “one of the most recognized objects of the last century, and an icon of the modern movement.” As such, this design has the simple elegance that gives it limitless appeal. There is not a space in the world where this chair could not fit.
Poltrona Frau’s capitonné leather armchair design is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a remastered design of new dimensions and new proportions. The chair has endured for reasons of its design, superior look and quality, as well as because the chair and ottoman concept is forever popular. In collaboration with Roberto Lazzeroni, the design was modernized to be of proportions that fit the modern concept of comfort. Lazzeroni preserved the features that made it famous but redesigned various components to make it more comfortable. The supporting structure is made from solid seasoned beech and the seat cushion is filled with goose down and a stabilizing insert of polyurethane foam, among other internal improvements. The chair also comes with an optional rotating oval plate where you can place an electronic device, a book or other small personal item.
Another great bar cabinet design comes from Ceccotti Collezioni. The NeverFull features an exterior made of solid American walnut and veneered plywood, that has doors and sides covered with solid walnut strips. The pale maple interior contrasts elegantly with the darker wood highlights. The cabinet has six or eight shelves and the various components, such as drawers and glass racks, can be customized to suit any needs. The growing trend of bar units is a stylish one that secrets all the necessities of a cocktail party behind beautiful closed doors.
Adjustable Modern Ceiling Light
Also from Ceccotti Collezioni, this Folk ceiling light fixture displays the versatility that people are looking for today. The modern suspended fixture can be adjusted to direct light upward or downwards, depending on the type of lighting desired. This is unlike most pendant lights, which cast light only downward. By contrast chandeliers usually direct light upward. This modern fixture, crafted from solid American walnut, offers the best of both functions.
With increasing interest in sustainability, Nature Design’s bookshelves are part of the company’s collection made from old timbers. The size and look of each shelf vary because no two pieces of old wood are the same. The rustic, unfinished material takes on a more modern look with the addition of metal supports. Even at one end thanks to the metal support, the open end is left uncapped, allowing the irregular ends of the wood to be a design feature, which is a great shelving idea. This type of open shelf is also very suitable for use as a room divider not just because it forms an interesting barrier, but it allows the feature of the shelf to be more visible.
Mixed Material Style
Another bookcase that would work as a room divider is the Tripodio by Mario Mazzer for Bonaldo. the sturdy wooden shelves are linked with innovative metal supports at each end that also add a decorative element. Unlike the typical shelf support, these three-legged elements are inverted, adding a little something unexpected. The shelves themselves are available in different finishes and lacquers, and the metal also has finish options.
Fantasy Inspired Chair
Arketipo’s Overdrive Chair is the stuff of dreams. Inspired by fantasy movies, the tall, throne-like armchair is unlike any other thanks to its oversized dimensions. The basic lower part of the chair is topped off by a winged flourish that is upholstered in a complementary material. The metal base allows the chair to swivel and adds to the fantasy feeling.
Casual, Customizable Sofa
Night Fever by Giuseppe Viganó for Arketipo is all about comfort. The low, cushion-centered sofa design is meant to be an escape for the body and the mind. It’s a highly moldable form that lets each person snuggle in and find a favorite sport and position. It’s also a playful and interactive design because the cushions can be arranged any which way, especially those that form the backrest. Night Fever is a popular and modern sofa design that is, above all, casual and comfortable.
Stylish Console Table
A smart and stylish console table goes a long way in upgrading a space. The Terminal Keramik Premium designed by Paolo Cattelan for Cattelan Italia fits the bill, with its modern x-shaped titanium base and long, shaped top. The back side of the console is flat, allowing it to sit flush against — and anchored to — the wall. This type of console table adds a good deal of flair to a room, but is not overwhelming and goes well with accessories and a modern mirror.
Adding extra functionality to a side table is never a bad thing and this Magazine Table from Calligaris is a great design. The frame of the table is made from tubular metal and sports a wood or ceramic top. Underneath the top, a luxurious leather sling serves as a magazine pocket. The modern style, including the oval top, is sophisticated, on-trend and super functional. It’s more than just a magazine rack and could be used in any room of the house.
Colorful Kids’ Beds
The latest designs on show at Salone del Mobile included great ideas for teenagers too. Nidi showed a variety of single beds in both regular, platform and bunk styles that all make great teenage beds. The colorful components and substantial ladders will appeal to teenage girls and boys alike. In fact, these styles can easily grow with kids from their young years well into their teens. The furnishings are versatile enough that they can mix with almost any style of decor in a kids bedroom and fit whatever themes and interests they have.
New Shape for an Armchair
Amid all the different types of chairs, the Parabolica Armchair from Paolo Castelli has some unique features, particularly its shape. The luxury armchair has a delicate shape that fits well in any seating area, whether it’s a living room or bedroom. Named for its shape — a parabola — it sports a gorgeous metal frame finished in polished gold and custom upholstery. In addition, the golden armrests are padded for extra comfort.
Golden Clouds of Light
Long-standing traditions of Murano glass making are combined with new designs for this stunning Golden Cloud Chandelier, also from Paolo Castelli. Completely made by hand, each of the nearly two dozen clouds is made from Murano glass with a triple pass of gold leaf. They are formed in a hand-shaped mold, attached to the metal fitting that holds the LED source and anchored to a metal plate. Arranged in a staggered fashion, the blown glass pendants resemble clouds in the sky and can be made as rounds or ovals.
While designers say that matched sets of furniture are passé, there are exceptions to the rule and the Frame bedroom set from Georgetti is definitely one. The lines are simple but elegant and perfect from framing the minimalist bed and nightstands. The bed can be upholstered in a textile or in leather — or a mix of both. Leather is often the optimum choice because it is found throughout the collection. The style of the Frame bed is ideal for modern or bedroom designs and contributes to the serene feeling of the space.
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