Salone del Mobile 2017: My Key Takeaways
The Salone del Mobile in Milan is certainly a yearly appointment not to be missed for those who are looking for something totally new.
I collected many ideas, interesting news and companies to keep an eye on. In this article, I will mention a few that I particularly liked.
Swedish moss by NORDGRÖNA
I will start with the product created by three Swedish university students: starting from their apartment, they have patented a special moss. It is a dried moss available in multiple colors, applicable on inner or outer walls, with multiple features. The main one is sound absorption, but it also acts as an air purifier and maintains proper humidity. It requires no maintenance, meets the ISO 11925-2 fire regulations for internal use and it is easy and quick to lay, thanks to the predisposition in different size panels.
Particularly pleasant to the touch, you will be fascinated by the look and the colors: there is only one risk… it is so cool that you could lay it everywhere, and your environment could become a real forest!
Mesh by I-MESH
A completely different product is a material that got my attention in one of the many outdoor shows of the “Fuorisalone” in the dedicated roads of downtown Milan.
We are in Italy, to be precise in Numana in the Marche region: from here comes the project and the realization of a grid that is composed of a mixture of materials developed by marine and aerospace industries. The result is a melted product that, plotted with different patterns, can be used for different needs: from the setting of environments to the curtain, from the coating of external or internal structures to create furniture.
Available in different colors and in wide format, the canvas has many unique features. It had me thinking about the many fields of application with its fire resistance, sound absorption and sun protection, customization, high toughness, environmental sustainability and cost competitiveness.
Microresina® by KERAKOLL®
After these two newly discovered products, I marveled one more time at the Kerakoll Design House showroom in via Solferino 16: it is a permanent exhibition of the continuous surfaces program signed by the Kerakoll company.
Although it is a product that I have been using with great satisfaction for at least three years, it still amazes me with its potential and quality. In conjunction with the Salone del Mobile, the Kerakoll Design House showroom was dedicated to Microresina®, the recoloring system that can be used from wooden surfaces to furnishings. iron, ceramic, glass, plastic, wood… you simply ask Microresina® and it responds by giving a second aesthetic life to your floor or furniture: all with ease of laying and significant containment of costs and time.
Compacted stone by Citytile’s
I had the same experience of wonder in the showroom designed by the architect Paola Navone (Gervasoni – Letti & Co.), where the floor that was laid, with a special technique, is also dear to me: Citytile’s – The compacted stone. The peculiarity of this product is an extreme versatility and it originates from the union of natural elements, such as porphyry, granite and quartz. A compact, durable material, produced without CO2 emissions which, given its different finishes and colors, can be laid in exterior and interior.
In the showroom located in via Durini 7 this material was used as indoor flooring, without any joint fillers, obtaining a particular and original aesthetic effect.
The Salone offered so much to dwell upon, but I would like to conclude with the distinct impression that the big brands transmitted on color, surface and finish trends for the near future. After years of “color/no color”, surfaces in the soft tones of bleached driftwood or taupe “passe-partout“ color, this year was marked by the return of strong and colored surfaces such as iron, of recycling in the details and shapes, and by the return of walnut, clearly present in a lot of exhibition sets.
Occasionally I noticed a bit of lacquered color, without exaggeration, and if the shapes of furnishings have almost erased drawers and openings with the common 45 °angle, there is a return of rounded edges and, for example in the seatings and soft furnishings (chairs, couches, etc.), more spacious and generous forms.