As we plowed through the main halls of the Fiera Milano exhibition center during the Milan Furniture Fair – happily bearing the hot bright lights, hundreds of people and tired feet – reward came in the form of many interesting and innovative designs of all shapes and sizes! Their ‘green’ value is not always immediately visible, but research unveiled innovative materials, sustainable production techniques, or just the added value of being extremely durable. Some of them received extra points for surprising us with their green features - read on for the best of Fiera Milano!
Gufram uses soft polyurethane, brightly coloured with washable, non-toxic dyes, to create the most unusual designs. Inspired by traditional car air fresheners, “Déjeuner sur l’arbre” can be used as a seat or even a coffee table.
Offset is an innovative set of tables designed by Tomàs Alonso for Maxdesign. In a home where the boundaries are ever more blurred, this table is structured as a modular micro-system – separate elements can be combined to suit different needs.
Zoom by Mobimex offers a collection of simply designed and carefully crafted furnishings, in natural materials. Designed by Marion Klein & Jurg Conzett, the “Thin” table and “In-aga” shelf system are both made of solid walnut wood.
Kinnasand’s “Hemp” collection is both natural and unique. Each textile is composed of antique segments, carefully selected, revived and assembled under the supervision of creative director Isa Glink.
Created by Javier Mariscal for Spanish brand Mobles114, the aptly named “Green” chair consists of a recycled polypropylene seat set on a wooden or metallic base. The product is also 100% recyclable.
Stephen Burks‘ collection of “Dala” seats are inspired by south-east Asia communities. Each seat is woven from an innovative eco-fibre made out of recycled food-and-drink packaging mixed with recyclable polyethylene.
Wood from wine barrels made in San Patrignano gets a second shot at life in the “Barrique” project. The objects are conceived by well-known designers, like Fiorucci, and hand-made by people living in the community (which is a well-known drug rehab center).
Outdoor furniture specialist Tribù unveiled a new collection that is made with few components, sustainable materials, and easily assembled. Created by Spanish studio Lievore Altherr Molina, “Branch” was presented in an evocative ‘outdoor’ setting.