Where form meets function

Every year the Italian Salone del Mobile – the non-plus ultra of all furniture fairs – exhibits the latest developments in furniture and product design. The new head of the conference is the CEO of furniture and interior giant Kartell, Claudio Luti. On the selection board with him are other Italian majors like Flos and Poliform. Here are some of the must-sees from over 2,500 exhibitors showcasing their 2013 ranges inside the Rho Milan Fairground Pavilion. Take a closer look after the jump.

Ascent Light by Daniel Rybakken

The Ascent light designed by Norwegian Daniel Rybakken uses an archetypical head mounted on a slender vertical stem. By moving the head along the stem, the light intensity goes from being turned off at the bottom position to full light output at the top. This gives the user control over not only the light intensity, but the spread of the light, too. Ascent is featured by Wallpaper*.


KETTAL Chair by Jasper Morrison

Jasper Morrison designed the KETTAL chair, an outdoor chair made from aluminum perfect for your terrace or backyard. Its clean design that pays “respect to the longstanding codes of metal stacking outdoor chairs while gently refreshing the look.” To watch the video and for some more information head over to Selectism.

Twin’Z Concept Car by Ross Lovegrove for Renault

Twin’Z is the fifth concept car illustrating Renault’s new design strategy in collaboration with Ross Lovegrove. Twin’Z is a take on the city car in a fun, modern, artistic way. The all-electric car with rear-wheel drive and a rear-mounted motor takes its inspiration from the Renault 5 and the Twingo. For the Twin’Z, Lovegrove imagined a cabin that is occupant-friendly and joins the worlds of furniture and automobile with the living, natural world.

Aunts and Uncles Collection by Philippe Starck for Kartell

For Kartell the French designer Philippe Starck designed a true family of indoor and outdoor furniture pieces entitled ‘Aunts and Uncles’ comprised of five family members: the ‘Uncle Jack’ sofa, ‘Uncle Jim’ armchair, ‘Uncle Jo’ chair, ‘Aunt Jamy’ dining table’ and ‘Aunt Maggy’ console. Starck found inspiration in his personal memory consisting of his aunts and uncles sitting in their armchairs and sofas either smoking their pipes or knitting, surrounded by relatives telling stories.

Tools for Life by OMA for Knoll

OMA, the collaborative practice co-founded by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, has designed a kinetic furniture range entitled ‘Tools for Life’ for Knoll. Designed as a high-performance instrument rather than a design statement, the collection features tables that can be adjusted by electric motor, swivel chairs, a stool, and an executive desk. The furniture not only contributes to the interior but to its animation, too.


Home Collection Versace x The Haas Brothers

Versace Home has collaborated with brothers Simon and Nikolai Haas to design a collection of furniture made up of 12 pieces. The iconic item of the design family is of course the ‘Donatella Chair.’ The bold collection has Versace written all over it. See for yourself and watch the making-of video here.

Aria and Avia Lamps by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid designed two monochrome pendant lamps for the Italian brand Slamp. The Aria has six light sources plus one downward-facing spotlight shining through 50 sheets of translucent black plastic. The plastic sheets differ in shape forming an organic, asymmetric shape when hung radially. Avia is a similar construction, with opaque plastic sheets in either white or black.

N=N by Nichetto and Nendo

Italian designer Luca Nichetto and Japanese studio Nendo teamed up to create a range of seven products for a full-on interior collection including a knitted room-divider and a scaly carpet. With the ‘Nichetto = Nendo’ cooperation they aim to show that it is possible for two very well-known designers to work together in today’s world without seeing each other as competitors.

adidas x Tom Dixon at MOST

The industrial designer Tom Dixon teamed up with adidas for the first installment of his two-year partnership with the brand. Featured were parkas that convert to sleeping bags, hoodies, a modular five-in-one coat, and many more double and triple duty function items. Get more details here.

Locomotive Mirror by Kare Design

The Locomotive Mirror by Kare Design is a mounted mirror piece made of many small round mirrors in structured wooden frames. The piece is an interpretation of a train’s locomotive parts.

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