A definite trend at the 56th Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy, during the first week of April 2017, was ‘going back to nature’.
343,602 visitors from 165 countries explored the 200,000 m2 exhibition space and visited the booths and installations from 2,000 exhibitors. A third of the exhibitors came from abroad to make this international design event truly the world of furniture.
Along the ‘nature’ theme, French-Italian artist Marc Ange’s ‘Le Refuge’, a pink, jungle-like daybed at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition space attracted the lens of photographers, instagramers and interested parties in hordes. The art piece of this imaginary jungle at Mediateca di Santa Teresa nicely tied in with our own installation at the Bagatti Valsecchi house museum.The Bagatti Valsecchi museum, one of Europe’s best preserved historic house museums and an honest expression of Milanese design in the fashion neighborhood, allows the guests into the home of late barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi who, in the 19th century, collected paintings and decorative art to transform their home to a refuge of comfort and peace (including central heating, hot and cold running water etc.).
Our large installation on the terrace of Real Rain engulfed the visitors with the sensation of cascading water in a spring downpour, united them with the environment, and took the guests through to the Grand Salon’s vertical garden and Shagreen Artist Editions installation that was designed by Milanese landscape architects Derek Castiglioni and us.
The Salone has been promoting working together, modern manufacturing, creativity and industrial capacity for years and was again setting international benchmarks in furniture and furnishings exports at this year’s event.
Photo credits: Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano – Andrea Mariani, Allessandro Russotti, Diego Ravier, Luca Fiammanghi, Saverio Lombardi Vallauri