Salone del Mobile 2023 | RECAP
Published: April 25, 2023
The 61st edition of the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan over the past week did not disappoint. A transformation of the entire city, Salone is a dizzying maze of installs, pop-ups, stunts, parties, open studios, and symposiums. We would like to thank our industry partners Studio Como, Rifugio Denver and M.O.D. Design for their generous invitations and help navigating the show. Read on to learn more about what we saw and loved.
Handcrafted in the Netherlands, the Van Rossum collection is marked by the juxtaposition of the raw elements of nature with the supple materials of luxury. Equally as comfortable, the Bracci armchair was among our favorite pieces. Sister collection to Delcourt Collection, we fell in love with the bold yet understated statement pieces of Collection Particuliere. The collection includes lighting, furniture, textiles, and objects. Each piece is sculptural, intentional and unique—with new details to discover at every angle. Van Rossum and Collection Particuliere will be available through Studio Como.
The Cassina ‘Echoes, 50 years of iMaestri’ took us back in time through the treasures of the Cassina iMaestri Collection. Billed as “An Echo from the Past to Celebrate the Future,” the install was in a historic bank inside Palazzo Broggi, with iconic pieces such the Corbusier lounge and Gio Ponti on display washed under red lights, a nod to Cassina’s brand and iconic mark.
The independent design creations on display at Alcova was a radical mix of lighting, furniture, textiles, art, and objects. The new venue of the 5th edition of Alcova, Ex-Macello di Porta Vittoria, a former slaughterhouse offered a labyrinth of raw spaces for product display and was as much of a design statement as the 100 plus independent designers on display including headliner Lindsey Adelman.
Outside the beaten design path is Paola Lenti’s new flagship location on Via Bovio. In addition to a showroom, the space is intended to be an immersive brand experience including a small hotel, restaurant and spa currently being built out with completion nearing the end of 2023. Upon entering, the visitor is swept up and away into the world of Paola Lenti. Defined by vibrant color, leisure and texure, the space is an oasis of inspiration and gardens. The new Paola Lenti collections staged the large, in-progress space and included the Agio indoor modular sofa, The Baia outdoor armchair, and the novelty Hat tables made from wood recovered from the bottom of riverbeds.
Finally, the Baxter display, inspired by glamour of the 70’s, pop art, and Studio 54, is among our Salone del Mobile highlights. The new collection displayed at an impressive build out at the Rho fairgrounds was portrayed through a series of immersive spaces, including an outdoor vignette complete with a pool. Collaborations included the ‘Joni’ desk and ‘Clara’ bed by Christopher Delcourt, and the ‘So Good’ relaxed armchair by Studio Pepe. While the collection is contemporary, it is infinitely comfortable – the hallmark of Baxter design.