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Salone del Mobile 2023: creativity and design

From 18 to 23 April, on the occasion of the Milan Design Week, at the Salone del Mobile new furnishings have been proposed to respond to the increasingly complex needs of users and to promote individual and collective well-being. Naturally La Mercanti was there to catch all the news in the sector of office furniture and contract furniture.

As always, the Salone del Mobile is a meeting place, where new opportunities arise in the world of design and projects; at the same time it is a laboratory of creativity, experimentation and contamination of styles and ideas that concern the whole world. It is a place available and open to discussion, to bring out innovation and propose contents of cultural and professional value. Like every year, visitors were able to see the new trends for the furniture and furnishing sector with the use of recent technologies. When technology changes lifestyles, furniture adapts to this change: the home space becomes an office and the work space becomes as warm and welcoming as the home.

The materials most used to produce the furnishings are certainly wood and metal.
Natural and sustainable, wood is now an undisputed protagonist and is confirmed as the most loved material by almost all brands. We tend to keep it as natural as possible by treating it with transparent or opaque finishes so as to leave its veins visible. Simple and minimal lines are often chosen by playing on not too accentuated curvatures that highlight the craftsmanship of the products.
Technology and design merge in the furnishings in which metal is used, forged into slender but very solid shapes to create useful, intelligent and particular solutions.

There were many brands at the Salone Del Mobile 2023. Among these there was Caimi Brevetti proposing furnishings in which the technology of its sound-absorbing fabrics, from this year in ECONYL, recycled nylon fiber, blends with everyday objects, creating hybrid furnishings. The novelties by Caimi Brevetti can be summed up in Lucrezio, a sound-absorbing table designed by Caimi Lab and Integral, a sound-absorbing panel that engages a LED light source to enrich the possibilities of use.
In the LaPalma collections, many novelties are full of imagination to create aesthetically and qualitatively satisfying environments, designed to encourage work, relaxation or conviviality. Here is the completely renovated space of Lapalma for Architects, once again proposing itself as a place of inspiration, creativity and dialogue for architects and interior designers. LaPalma has proposed 10 environments inspired by contemporary places where flexible and sustainable collections emerge that convey contents such as sustainability, well-being and inclusion.

Salone del Mobile 2022: many innovations for the contract sector and not only

At the beginning of June, took place in Milan the most awaited event in the world of design furniture: the 60th edition of the Salone del Mobile. After the stop due to the pandemic, it was a first step towards a new normality. For the return as a live event, the turnout was beyond expectations, a sign of quality, commitment, cohesion and a great desire to come together and get going again.

The Milan Design Week is the most important international showcase, an event that has always highlighted quality, innovation, beauty and sustainability: key words for industry professionals. As Maria Porro, President of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, pointed out: “The Salone del Mobile has always been a catalyst for creativity and energy. It is a generator of beauty, inclusion, new opportunities. (…) A point of reference for the entire design community”.

There are always many companies to expose and make known to the world their news. Among the exhibiting brands La Palma, which has always proposed through fluid and informal environments, furnishing solutions created to accompany the ever-changing experiences of contemporary living. Awarded for its 40 years of participation in the Milan Design Week, La Palma has completely renewed its space alternating with the iconic collections, the news 2022. Among the others: the Jazz bookcase; the original and comfortable Wing Tip lounge armchair; the Foil chair and the Glove and Cross stools. Items suitable to leave different environments: waiting rooms, restaurants, airports, offices, gardens and homes.

Of course, Pedrali participated too in the international design event, presenting twelve new collections, the result of rigorous research and important collaborations with Italian and international designers. Some of these are: the sober and welcoming Lamorisse armchair; the Nolita Sofa that recalls the origins of Pedrali products and at the same time the lightness of the novelty; the Souvenir monobloc seats, colorful and suitable for any outdoor environment and also many functional and versatile furnishing accessories.

The large Arper space could not fail to host several innovations, games between transparencies and dynamic colors, harmonious shapes and versatile systems. The products presented by Arper bring out the important relationship between man and nature through durable and timeless furnishings in which lightness and simplicity are enhanced. Some Arper items have been improved by modifying their shape, materials or colors, to adapt them to new spaces and at the same time to reflect the progress made in materials and technology. The Juno chair, for example, is just one of these “revitalized” products whose design has been improved using more sustainable materials. So was born a Juno 02. lighter but no less durable and in new color variations that adapt to delicate environments with soft nuances that are inspired by nature.

The Milan Design Week brought together the international design community to present and enhance new proposals both for compact spaces or transformable interiors and for multifunctional furnishings for every environment, always quality furnishings, which find in the Salone the most important showcase. In fact, the Salone del Mobile has always been an intense week of productive exchanges about sustainability and opening up to new markets.

Unique design furniture at the ADI Design Museum

Milan, which at the beginning of September will reopen its doors to the Salone del Mobile, celebrates Italian design in the round with the ADI Design Museum, inaugurated on May 26, 2021. Located in a former industrial area with a very high architectural and urban impact, it is located in the center of a strategic area of the city. It occupies a structure with a total area of 5,135 square meters, divided into spaces for exhibitions, services, the museum conservatory and offices.

The permanent exhibition of the ADI Design Museum, collects 2500 artistic projects that have marked the history of Italian design. Among these are all the objects that since 1954, every two years, have won the Compasso d’Oro, an institutional award recognized in the design world. The purpose of this illustrious award is to highlight the qualities of made-in-Italy products, but, above all, the value that design gives to the production of these products. The jury is international, it changes every two years and is made up of design experts and of the culture in general. The Ministry of Cultural Heritage – Regional Superintendence for Lombardy, with a Decree dated April 22, 2004, declared the Historical Collection of the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award to be of “exceptional artistic and historical interest” and included it in the national heritage.

Arper’s Nuur table, designed by Simon Pengelly in 2009 and winner of the Compasso D’Oro in 2011, is one of the furnishings featured in the ADI Design Museum exhibition dedicated to all Compasso D’Oro winners. Nuur is the essential table par excellence: in square or rectangular shapes, it has a single top that rests on four legs. Its style is pure but at the same time flexible. Its simplicity makes it extremely versatile and able to adapt to the most diverse functions and environments: from contract to residential; from workplaces to domestic spaces. Awarded for its extreme lightness and attention to detail.

In addition to Arper’s Nuur table, numerous objects have been awarded this prize over the years. Among these, many are office and contract furniture: Qualis armchair and Vela seat by Tecno, simple, functional, unique and sophisticated, awarded in 2016 and the Big metal bookcase by Caimi Brevetti, a formal solution studied in detail, with decisive shapes and adaptable to different environments.

The ADI Design Museum, in addition to the historical Collection of the Compasso, hosts eight in-depth exhibitions on the history of Italian design, aimed at narrating and enhancing the historical importance of the Made in Italy culture and at relaunching the country with all its historical culture, after the difficult situation due to the pandemic experienced in the last year and a half.

La Mercanti on Metropolis, US March issue

Metropolis is an USA monthly magazine about architecture and design, with a focus on sustainability. It is based in New York and has been published since 1981. With a national event series, print publications, and round-the-year digital coverage, Metropolis is building common ground for the A&D community.

La Mercanti ad in the March’s issue reflects the company business strategy in the North America market focusing the workplace interiors area with the Jera modern executive desk by Las Mobili. The name Jera recalls a Celtic era when essential and monolithic forms prevailed. The executive desk has been designed with an architectural approach. It is characterised by clever craftsmanship, found in the attention to detail, the original design in a pure made in Italy style. The project’s strength lies in its thick planes, joinery between planes and the vertical and horizontal overhangs.

La Mercanti company since 1997, develops and implements design executive offices and tailored solutions for modern office interior design. Series of Italian desk with clean, minimalist lines, conceived to meet the needs of high-level work environments, boardrooms, and other prestigious spaces. These elements are designed to facilitate the use of technology in an unobtrusive manner and are characterized by high technological and ergonomic performance.

For many years, Metropolis has been the architecture and design industry’s most compelling storyteller. Metropolis’ s editorial scope spans design at all scales—from the smallest products to interior design. Metropolis has always sought out, and featured, the game changers in the industry, from emerging talent to established individuals and organizations. And each issue contains stories that link design to evolving furniture trends, from big data to the maker movement.

The executive modern office desks: made in Italy news

The new executive office furniture collections have been presented at Orgatec in Cologne, at Salone del Mobile in Milan (and soon at NeoCon in Chicago), ready to interpret different design environments and brand new design proposals. From the world of management were born projects oriented towards comfort and maximum versatility.

Elite by Las Mobili: Executive collection where the worktop integrates with the structural base which also has a storage function. The only finishing features are the tops and doors of the drawer unit. A functional workstation embellished by wall panelling with shelves and optional LED lighting.

Euclideo by i4Mariani: A desk that goes beyond the function, becoming a real sculpture, a privileged piece, a physical presence. It is Euclideo, design Ferruccio Laviani: it is the evolution of the executive system towards a contemporary concept of furniture that is less tied to the traditional iconography of this functional typology. “It is the combination of two volumes that gives life, on one hand, to the work surface in contrast to the cabinet, deputy as container.

Lay by Archiutti: flexible, dynamic, informal, sharing. Lay is meant to fit the multiple and contemporaneous ways of living the working space. The light and firm lines, the technical aspects and the use of colors meet the individual need of characterizing its own environment. A strong personality project positioning resolutely towards the research of quality of materials and aesthetic of products. The U joint is the visual and structural hub of the system, crossing point of two diagonals and distinguishing element of multiple configurations. Realized in die cast aluminium, it is available in multiple colors. A complete furnishing program for the different working spaces (operative, meeting, executive and break). Multiple configurations can be created choosing among details, colors and modules that make the office space essential, coherent and pleasant.

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