The 2017 Milan Salone del Mobile has wrapped for another year, we give a rundown on some of the installations from the FuoriSalone that you may not have already seen but are well worth a gander.
1. Off The Cuff by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Taking over the courtyard at the Palazzo Litta, New York-based architecture heavy-weights Diller Scofidio + Renfro installed a tensile canopy of jeans.
Known for their intersection between art and architecture, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has worked on several significant cultural and civic buildings including the Lincoln Center redevelopment and the Highline, both in New York.
The Palazzo Litta courtyard has traditionally been a mediator between the public and private realms, and it was this that drove the concept of using jeans as the main material.
The individual pairs of pants reflect the more intimate, human scale, while the unifying connection between them from waist-to-waist and ankle-to-ankle creates a singular form. The denim material also paying homage to its ‘everyman’ history.
2. Corian Cabana Club
Taking over a space next to the Museo delle Culture di Milano in Tortona, Corian collaborated with Cabana Magazine to explore a world of maximalism.
Cabana’s editor Martina Mondadori (who also curated Passeggiata) and creative director Christoph Radl art directed the exhibit creating seven different cabana, or detailed vignettes, each designed by seven different designers.
The space drew people through a hallway of eclectic sounds and intricately laser-cut panels of Corian to reveal the elaborately decorated cabanas, replete with a Corian-made water fountain feature.
3. B&O launch BeoSound Shape
In Brera, Danish brand Bang & Olufsen settled in for the Milan Design Week at the Spazio Radetzky to preview its new BeoSound Shape speakers.
In a space designed by the brand’s in-house architect, viewers could see the new product in a series of installations – from an exploded view, to an experimental ceiling feature, and the standard wall setting.
4. The Visit by Studiopepe
The Italian darlings, Studiopepe, took over an apartment in Brera, decking it out in their signature style.
Geometric shapes and a bold palette play up to a modern reinterpretation of mid-century shapes; the apartment featured a range of furniture and brands – all artfully displayed.
Taking the concept of a visit, visitors to the apartment were required to RSVP, given a timeslot to visit The Visit. As Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto explain ,“The Visit is an act implying a physical place and the people who host and are hosted there.”
5. Moooi’s A Life Extraordinary
Always going for bold statements, this year Moooi really went to town. A 1700sqm warehouse was converted into an incredibly detailed experience. Part hotel, part cinema, part boutique (selling a line of hotel cosmetics and books) and part restaurant.
The giant space included multiple rooms and scenarios (bedroom, hospitality, living areas), all incorporating the extensive range of the brand, from carpets to lighting and furniture.
Another striking element of the installation was the series of oversize photographic artworks of bugs. In collaboration with Levon Biss, the microscopic portraits show an incredible level of detail.
Stay tuned for a full wrap up from Milan. We will be releasing a detailed report in the coming weeks.