The 2013 international furniture exhibition during Milan Design Week featured an incredible array of products and furnishings from the biggest names in design. The theme of this year's show was “The world we will live in,” and we were glad to see designers address sustainability through research, experimentation, innovation, long-lasting materials and responsible manufacturing techniques. Read on for a sneak peek at the green designs that will be featured in the houses of tomorrow!
Werner Aisslinger‘s Hemp Chair is made from over 75% hemp! Natural fibers, sustainable production processes and innovative technologies borrowed from the car-making industry are the pillars of the collection, which is produced by Moroso.
Designers are blending indoor and outdoor spaces more and more – and garden exhibits were a recurring theme at this year’s show. Arper‘s booth featured an entire wall made of pure wood volumes that hosts a real garden.
Patricia Urquiola‘s Earthquake 5.9 collection is a tribute to the Budri – a company that successfully recovered from the earthquake that hit the Emilia region in May 2012. The collection comprises a bookcase, two series of vases, the low Origami tables pictured here and a striking scene made of hundreds of fragments of marble and onyx destroyed by the earthquake.
The Parrish Collection produced by American company Emeco was designed by Konstantin Grcic working under commission by Herzog & de Meuron Architects. The chair was designed for the Parrish Art Museum that recently opened its doors in Water Mill, New York. Employing exclusively local materials, the collection is made from 80% recycled materials and timber. Contrasting with the building’s bare construction, the Parrish Collection is designed to make people feel protected, thanks to the round tube that provides a sort of an embrace.
The warmth of wood, pure lines and contemporary sinuous silhouette of Arper‘s Aava chair make it Ideal for any environment. Designed by Antti Kotilainen, Aava can be personalized with different woods ranging from natural, white and black painted birch to oak, walnut, and beechwood.
The Raphia Chair by LucidiPevere is a perfect fusion of technology and traditional craftsmanship. It uses two main elements and materials – metal and wicker – for both the structure and the seating. Raphia comes in two different colors: black and red.
Italian company La Palma presented is new Miunn Collection designed by Finnish creative Kami Monn. The Nordic lines of Miunn give shape to a whole a family of products: chairs and stools comes in different heights, materials, finishings and colors.
Spanish studio Ramos Bassols designed the warm wood Rama Chair for Kristalia. The chair was inspired by authentic materials, genuine shapes and gently curving lines.
The playful geometry of Arper‘s Ply Table reminds us of the game Tangram! The modular series of low triangular tables was designed by Lievore Altherr Molina to serve as a flexible furniture system. Ply comes in three different heights (for the stools) and in three sizes (for the low tables).
The Magis booth featured work by Konstantin Grcic, the French brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Jaime Hayón, Philippe Starck, Stefano Giovannoni, Ron Arad, Naoto Fukasawa and Marcel Wanders, among others.
Konstantin Grcic sought to develop a design language that is “very true to the material” for his Medici Collection. Designed for the Italian brand Mattiazzi, the collection includes a low chair with a comfortably reclined posture that fuses the latest digital design technology with traditional craftsmanship. The chair is ideal for indoor and outdoor spaces.
Patricia Urquiola designed these colorful Mathilda Chairs for the Italian company Moroso. The concept behind the chairs is very simple and well-balanced: two trestles give the structure stability, supporting the seat and the back rest. Authentic materials and a lively color palette do the rest.
Italian company Roda chose set its new outdoor collection amidst a pop-up greenhouse.