Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009


The four most important trends from Milano
 

"Super normal" is normal
At times of crisis many manufacturers go back to basics, and the design principle of the "super normal" propagated by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morisson has become the answer for products when times are hard. No more focus on elaborate experiments with design and form. The aim is no longer to be noticed whatever the cost – instead the objective is to become part of scene as unobtrusively as possible. Delicate new interpretations of the archetypical chair were to be seen in large numbers and are intended to ensure healthy sales figures without long development times. The reason for this trend is that the "super normal" (almost) always adapts itself to its surroundings, whether these are in private households at the kitchen and dining table or for commercial purposes such as the restaurant or waiting room...
Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Cappellini: Bac Chair, Design: Jasper Morisson
to the Cappellini Collection to the Cappellini Collection

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Lapalma: Stil Chair, Design: Patrick Norguet
to the Lapalma Collection to the Lapalma Collection

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Plank: Monza Chair, Design: Konstantin Grcic
to the Plank Collection to the Plank Collection

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Riva1920: Melissa Chair, Design: Riccardo Arbizzoni
to the Riva1920 Collection to the Riva1920 Collection

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Driade: Zaza Chair, Design: Naoto Fukasawa
to the Naoto Fukasawa Collection to the Naoto Fukasawa Collection

Colours and colour changes
It's not a conspicuous formal idiom but targeted changes in material or colour that create an effect. Minimal resources can be used to create the maximum impact. Products with a long and cost-intensive time to market are no longer being launched. In contrast colour is once more becoming prominent, with existing collections being subjected to a contemporary colour revision. A good example of this is the new colour range designed by Hella Jongerius for the Vitra Standard collection.
Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Magis: Trattoria Chair, Design: Jasper Morisson
to the Magis Collection to the Magis Collection

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Kartell: Hi-Cut, Design: Philippe Starck
to the Philippe Starck Collection to the Philippe Starck Collection

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Vitra: Eames Plastic Chair Collection. New Colours by Hella Jongerius
to the Vitra Collection to the Vitra Collection

"Applied graphics"
"Applied graphics" as an eye-catcher for furniture were a prominent feature in Milan, for example the surprise effects in the designs of Front for Moroso. Draped covers or soft cushions are printed as photo-realistic graphics on furniture upholstery. Moroso also presented flowers pressed into a table top by Tord Boontje. Especially effective were the relief graphics by Antoine Audiau and Manuel Warosz for BD Barcelona.
Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Moroso: Cushion Sofa, Design: Front

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Moroso: Draped Sofa, Design: Front

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Moroso: Pressed Flower Table, Design: Tord Boontje
to the Moroso Collection to the Moroso Collection

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Cappellini: Homage_to_Mondrian, Design: Shiro Kuramata
to the Cappellini Collection to the Cappellini Collection

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Porro: Black and White Cabinet, Design: Front
to the Porro Collection to the Porro Collection

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BD Barcelona: Tout Va Bien, Design: Antoine Audiau, Manuel Warosz
to the BD Barcelona Collection to the BD Barcelona Collection

Shooting stars 2009
Two designers were prominently represented at the Milan fair with a large number of their designs for prestigious manufacturers. Only recently Nendo from Japan and Philippe Bestenheider from Switzerland were newcomers known only to a few insiders, but they have now arrived among the acknowledged masters of their trade. Philippe Bestenheider, in particular, has made a rapid rise to fame after opening his own studio in Milan and Crans Montana only as recently as 2007.

Nendo:
Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Cappellini: Antler, Design: Nendo
to the Cappellini Collection to the Cappellini Collection

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Moroso: Kub, Design: Nendo
to the Moroso Collection to the Moroso Collection

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Quodes: Collar, Design: Nendo
to the Quodes Collection to the Quodes Collection

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Arketipo: Target, Design: Nendo

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Varaschin: Meji, Design: Nendo
to the Nendo Collection to the Nendo Collection

Philippe Bestenheider:
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Moroso: Binta, Design: Philippe Bestenheider
to the Moroso Collection to the Moroso Collection

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Pallucco: Itaipu, Design: Philippe Bestenheider

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Varaschin: Kente, Design: Philippe Bestenheider

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Fratelli Boffi: Lui5, Design: Philippe Bestenheider

Trends Salone del Mobile Milano 2009
Fratelli Boffi: Lui6, Design: Philippe Bestenheider
to the Philippe Bestenheider Collection to the Philippe Bestenheider Collection