Nearly three dozen debuts in furniture, lighting, decor, and more that you may have missed at market. As told by Architectural Digest. 

The deinstallation of exhibition booths, showroom displays, and installations is underway in Milan, marking the official wrap of the Salone del Mobile 2022 furniture fair and coinciding Fuorisalone events. Still fresh in the minds—and filling the camera rolls—of designers, architects, and other members of the trade, however, are the new products those spaces displayed. Below, discover over 30 notable launches across furniture, lighting, decor, and more that you’ll want to spec soon.

Furniture

Whether you’re producing a collaborative collection or concocting post-fair aperitivi, the same rule applies: Two are better than one. Or so was the case this market, where creative partnerships bred the most memorable pieces. For starters, take India Mahdavi’s reimagining of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna’s bentwood seating, in which the designer doubles down on the brand’s curves to create lounge chairs and a banquette defined by coiled rings. Elsewhere, the super-low coffee table continues its cool run, with new and notably round styles such as the Omphalos Coffee Table by John Pawson for Salvatori and the Panoramic Low Table by Piero Lissoni for Knoll.

Under the creative direction of Sam Baron, and in partnership with a number of designers, Pierre Frey debuted 30 new furniture pieces during Salone del Mobile 2022. Standouts include Sebastian Bergne’s bulbous Kiss trio, which comprises an accent chair, ottoman, and side table that combine sumptuous upholstery with lacquered details. Plus, Estudio Persona teams up with the furniture and textile house to put forth the Ruban bench and chair reminiscent of origami-like folds.

The experimental shapes continue at BassamFellows, which tested the limits of 3D molded wood veneer. Designers have crafted a chair silhouette that evokes the 20th-century modern shapes made possible by fiberglass and plastic (think Eames’s Tulip chair). The form-fitting result is the Petal chair, unfurling in form as though at peak blossom and available in a number of chair styles. Meanwhile at Molteni & C, Vincent Van Duysen debuts an equally versatile piece, an open-to-interpretation, low-slung, and backlit storage console dubbed The Living Box. And at Fendi Casa, the Dimorestudio-designed Matrice bookcase speaks for itself—even when empty—thanks to a steel frame with paste-dyed glass shelves.

Italian modern tastemakers Minotti and B&B Italia offer thoughtful new seating arrangements with the Twiggy sofa system by Rodolfo Dordoni and a fresh take on Mario Bellini’s Le Bambole courtesy of Stella McCartney, respectively. The latter confirms that more is more, as the designer opts for a hand-drawn mushroom patterned upholstery fabric for the brand’s first-ever fashion collaboration. The sentiment also holds true at Italian fabric house Arjumand, which debuted a collection of slipper chairs adorned in a mix-and-matched assortment of its vibrantly printed fabrics at market—contrasting trims and delightfully full skirts included. Photo of The Living Box from Molteni & C courtesy of Molteni & C.

Outdoor products

Open-air living—whether it’s lounging or dining in the great outdoors—has been top of mind for manufacturers in the past few years, with several among them debuting collections in the category. Take Fornasetti, for instance, which steps outside with The Garden of Possible Natures collection. The line features a stackable chair called Capitellum, the frame of which recalls classical Milanese columns.

At Roche Bobois the foray into the outdoors is an evolution of some of the brand’s most popular lines. Among them is the best-selling Mah Jong sofa, elevated in both function and fashion. The outdoor iteration is raised on a laser-cut metal base to better protect the upholstered cushions, which are covered in spritely Jean Paul Gaultier fabric. Meanwhile, at Flexform’s brand-new Milan flagship, the company previewed the 19 new pieces in its outdoor section (first launched in 2019), including a slim-framed metal chaise available in 13 color options. Photo of The outdoor collection from Flexform courtesy of Flexform. 

 

Kitchen and bath

The hardest-working spaces of the home have never incorporated a considered beauty and brawn as much as they do today. Case in point is Florentine-based kitchen manufacturer Officine Gullo, which has now added 24-karat gold to its list of metal finishes for appliances and cabinetry. This is all in addition to its newly debuted and limited-edition collaboration with Aquazzura, wherein hand-painted botanical motifs adorn cooking ranges. Adding to the metallic conversation, Belgian kitchen manufacturer Obumex debuted what may be the very first contemporary kitchen fabricated in tin. Designed by architect Nicolas Schuybroek, the newest edition to the Signature kitchen series combines a sleek and futuristic kitchen island form with the beauty of time-made patina.

Back at Rho Fiera, designer Sebastian Herkner introduces his first category collection with Duravit, a subtly curvilinear series of ceramic wash basins and a bathtub. Dubbed Zencha, the collection references the shapely forms of teacups used in Japanese tea ceremonies. From soft curves to strikingly linearity, Jean Nouvel joins marble panels seemingly organically (via invisible joinery) to create the clean-lined Face à Face collection of bathtubs and plinth-like basins for Agape. And Kohlerintroduces its Statement shower collection, designed with various sprayers—from showerhead to body spout to handheld—that are as versatile as the fixture’s pared-back design. And good news for fair travelers: The shower system is compatible with universal installation requirements. Photo of Zencha from Duravit courtesy of Mark Seelen.

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