First Visit to Salone di Mobile Milano 2018

The trip to Salone di Mobile in Milan was a real treat. It has been a long time since my last time in Milan and it is one of my favourite places. The city has a great atmosphere and architectural landmarks that I love to revisit.

I have never attended Salone di Mobile but heard about it a lot. It is one of the main annual interior design fairs in Europe, so a great place to learn about current trends and new products.

This time the purpose of the trip was not only to explore the exhibition but, moreover, to source items for a particular project. I also traveled in a great company, that is with a Client.

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The fair is large. It spreads across multiple halls and levels. In addition, it is well frequented, so it is easy to feel overwhelm and lost.

Of course, having expected that and with limited time, we had drafted a plan of the visit beforehand and pinpointed several exhibitors and sections we wanted to see.  Still, we got lured into unplanned places and discovered many wonderful designs.

Between project sourcing and browsing around, my favourite 5 were:

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Walter Knoll sofas and chairs were very elegant and comfortable.   I particularly enjoyed the seats that were combined with side tables.

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Boffi dressing room furnishing with gorgeous leather insets inside were very stylish and showed a great attention to detail.

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This stunning marble kitchen worktop with integrated gas hob was just a complete surprise.  There may be a few companies who do this now, but the integration was amazing.

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For the outside space, I would choose this drop-shape hanging capsule.  The plated cover would throw wonderful shade in summer sunshine.

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Some smaller items also caught my attention.  I loved this giant ant that followed the still very present golden trend.

Salone di Mobile turned out to rise to its reputation and deliver in terms of selection of items and inspiration. Our one day visit was a successful one and having an aim gave us a lot of focus.  I can, however, imagine spending there a few days to properly discover each section and make new connections.

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