Monday, July 23, 2012

More From Milan 2012: Sophisticated Wares- Nature Included!

Although it’s been a considerable amount of time since Salone del Mobile concluded in Milan, I’m anxious to share some of the wondrous sights I saw there.

Every year the event has a different feature emphasis, and this year it was “Euro Cucina” so Kitchens and appliances figured prominently in what I saw. One of the trends I noticed with many exhibit spaces was an overt display of plant life and nature…it was everywhere and the scale of these features were impressive.

Huge plant walls, ancient olive trees and even a wall of tomatoes made up these references to nature. Here are some of my favorites:

An enormous Olive tree at Liebherr

A “green wall” at Stosa

Another “green wall” at Rimadesio

Yards of blooming Jasmine at Smeg (featuring a denim clad refrigerator)….


The most impressive by far was the booth for Minacciolo, which featured enormous walls created with crates of real tomatoes…

More dispatches from Italy (and the Design world) to come…
David J. Hansen