Salone del Mobile Milano 2017 – A Morpheus Retrospective
Salone del Mobile is always an exciting event in any interior designer’s calendar, and this year two of the Morpheus team made the trip to Milan. There were a number of trends and exhibitions that particularly interested our designers, from state-of-the-art technology through to creative art.
Whilst the official Pantone colour of 2017 is green, ‘millennial pink’ was particularly well displayed throughout the show, with incredible pieces such as Marc Ange’s installation Le Refuge; the most instagrammed installation at the event. Nika Zupanc’s stunning furniture also heavily featured the colour, particularly well displayed in the beautiful cabinets she designed for Scarlet Splendour.
Another exhibitor that particularly impressed the team was Bang and Olufsen, with their intriguing new Beosound Shape speakers. Resembling artwork more than a Hi-Fi system, the modular, wireless wall-mounted speakers create a vastly different aesthetic to traditional stereos. The system itself was designed by Øivind Alexander Slaatto, who created the successful and stunning Bang & Olufsen A9 speaker. Equally interesting within the technology sector was Boffi’s new Tomato+ innovation. An all season indoor vegetable garden, it seamlessly integrates with your kitchen, allowing the user to have fresh in-house produce no matter the external environment.
Nendo, a company headed by award winning designer Oki Sato, was a brand that the team was particularly excited not to have missed. Their Invisible Outlines exhibition brings together 16 of the brand’s projects, all exploring what happens when boundaries are either enhanced or blurred. “The theme is about boundaries, borders, edges of things,” Nendo founder Oki Sato told Dezeen Magazine in an interview; “It’s about showing new ways of seeing things and sharing these things.”
Finally, it wouldn’t be one of the world’s most famous design fair if there wasn’t place for creative minds from all around the world to meet and share the experience. Bar Basso is a favourite location of exhibitors, creatives and in-the-know visitors, and has over 70 years of heritage. They are famous for their signature cocktail Negroni Sbagliato- (often referred to as a “Bungled Negroni” or “Wrong Negroni”) which is the perfect way to end an inspiring day.
Fig. 1 Marc Ange – Le Refuge
Fig. 2 Bang and Olufsen – Beosound Shape
Fig. 3 Nendo – Invisible Outlines
Fig. 4 Bar Basso – Milan
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