Salone del Mobile 2014

28 April 2014

Design Pilgrims flock to Milan in April to the worlds most important design fair, the Salone del Mobile 2014. The event this year inhabits more areas of the city than ever before from the Rho Fairgrounds, to Brera and Milan’s central design district. And this year fashion designers are getting in on the act in a big way!


The organised designer started planning their trip months ago… I like to fly by the seat of my pants so my whirlwind weekend in Milan was organised within 24 hours notice. Thank goodness I got some good insider tips when I arrived.


At the Rho Fairground there was hall after hall of design houses to explore. The impact of the global financial crisis can still, in the furniture industry and perhaps as a result of these big manufacturers, seem to focus on reinterpreting classic pieces often in collaboration with fashion, think Paul Smith & Hans Wegner, or the use of a star designer for built-in cache, Patricia Urquiola & Moroso or the Bouroullec brothers & Mattiazzi.


Outside the Fairground, the exhibition is scattered amongst sites and shops all over town with locals and visitors alike wandering the streets to enjoy the sunshine, prosecco and design.


This fertilization through the whole city allows the visitor a rare opportunity to see inside the hidden gems of Milan’s buildings. The city can sometimes seem closed and austere, so the chance to see some of the beauty hidden behind the walls and inside the gates is not to be missed!


This year’s highlight for me was Hermès ‘Home Universe’ exhibition at the spectacular late 18th-century Palazzo Serbelloni. It housed the new lighting collection by Hermès, and at the entrance a wonderful Pierre Marie fabric ‘Jardin D’Osier Imprimé’ was used to create a ‘living wall’ inside the gallery.


The other stand out building was the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, which hosted the ‘Untold’ exhibition curated by Rossana Orlandi.


Oh and last but not least, it appears that the trends across the board from the Fairground include, velvet, vintage lighting, sideboards and a mid-century mood, with blue, red and mustard being the standout colours.


Words by Jacqueline Senior – Associate