With Italy in quarantine, and the world spinning like a top with the challenge of the coronavirus crisis, the organisers of Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair have announced that they will decide in April whether the re-scheduled event will take place  in June.

The trade show’s president Claudio Luti has stressed that they will make any decision with the utmost respect and care for the safety of exhibitors and visitors. “Early April will be the time to take a final decision together, in cooperation with the authorities,” said Luti on the 12th March.

With it looking unlikely and the heartbreaking news out of Italy, we’re thinking of the entire country and the passionate spirit for which they are so admired around the world.

Made in Italy

Italian designers have long led the international pack in both the fashion, furniture and design world. Salone del Mobile is the most important furniture fair annually, as it is where the global industry gathers to see the latest directions and pieces from acknowledged taste-makers.

The list of inspiring Italian designers is encyclopedic. However, herewith a few of our favourite things…

Fornasetti Tray. Image: Farfetch.

Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti (1913 – 1988) was a prolific Milanese painter, sculptor, interior designer and book engraver, who created over 11,000 original designs throughout his life. Although incredibly versatile across artistic disciplines, he was perhaps best known for his product design and contribution to the Italian decorative arts.

Fornasetti’s whimsical and colourful designs are often witty and surprising, with an unmistakable aesthetic of ‘practical madness’. The kaleidoscope of Fornasetti’s imagination runs wild across kitchen products, storage jars, sculptures, ceramics and more.
His plates and trays are iconic and launched a worldwide trend.

The designer’s works are still in production by the company that bears his name. Renowned exhibitors at Milan Design Week, notable international designers often collaborate  on new pieces for the Fornasetti collection.

The magical Fornasetti flagship atelier in Milan has also become a mecca for design pilgrims.

The first Floor of the Fornasetti Flagship Store in Milan

Alessi 

Founded in 1921, Alessi is still a family-run business, with Alberto Alessi at the helm today.

Originally intended as a ‘workshop for the processing of brass and nickel silver sheet metal’, the high quality of its products set them apart from the beginning. It has evolved to become a globally-recognised ‘Factory of Italian Design’. Alessi produces a diverse range of products, melding contemporary design with their traditional Italian roots and craftsmanship.

Alessi’s mission is to balance creativity with the needs and desires of a mass audience, making great design accessible on a daily level. Famous for their sleek kitchen products, Alessi works with high-profile designers from around the world to produce items that people cherish for life. Our favourite is the iconic Philippe Starck-designed juicer, the Salif. Designed over 25 years’ ago, it has become a classic piece of design that is as fun as it is functional.

DIMORESTUDIO 

Milan-based Dimore Studio has built an ardent following with its decadent mix of beautiful textiles, artwork. vintage furniture and rich, jeweled tones.

Run by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, the due create a ‘timeless visual and emotional pathway’ with the objects from historical design masters living together with reclaimed materials and other one-off pieces.

Founded in 2003, the Milan studio continues to grow in power, fusing the boundaries between art, fashion and design.

Public Hotel – Public Pump Room Chicago, by DIMORESTUDIO

We look forward to the time when Italian designers can once again exhibit their exceptional eye and taste to the world.

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