The Salone del mobile 2017 event promises to present a full bill of events.
Director Matteo Garrone, who, during the last edition, in his short “Before design classic” had portrayed the classic style on the seashore inside an old freshwater cistern, has this year been commissioned to tell the story of the contemporary. Delightful, his new short, dedicated to design furniture is set in a forest among moss and ancient trees. Historical buildings return to their role as the settings for presentations. Evidence of the intent to amaze of Masterly, the Dutch collection in Palazzo Turati, can be seen starting from the courtyard, decorated with floral curtains by Edward Van Vliet. In the ancient rooms, its Flemish paintings provide a frame for contemporary design and provide an atmosphere of middle-class life. The courtyard of Palazzo Litta hosts an installation by Diller and Scofidio. “Doppia firma” (Double Signature), the exhibition promoted by the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, exhibits objects created by the designer/craftsman at the gallery of modern art. Vuitton presents the second edition of Objets nomade at Palazzo Bocconi in Corso Venezia, whereas Elle Decor, again in Corso Venezia, exhibits furniture proposals for the retail market in Palazzo Bovara. At no. 14 Via Cesare Correnti, the collection “Ladies e gentlemen”, curated by Roman gallery Secondome and the PS Studio from Milan returns in a striking abandoned building. The design museum of the triennale presents “Giro, giro, tondo” an exhibition dedicated to design for children, created by Stefano Giovannoni, who in Via Stendhal proposes the new products of the company Queeboo, including objects by him such as a floor lamp printed in plastic with the profile of King Kong, clutching a Led torch. In Corso Como in the Carla Sozzani Gallery, 94 year-old designer Pierre Cardin (who will be 95 in July) offers his “Sculture utilitarie” (utilitarian sculptures). The archistar Stefano Boeri makes his debut as a designer with his “Mettitutto” furniture unit for Annibale Colombo, a classical furniture company that is now venturing into the contemporary world. The event hosts many Brazilian contributions, both at the “Material Immaterial” exhibition organised by the magazine Interni in the cloisters of the Statale, and with the Sollos brand at the Posteria.
The previews promise a return to natural wood and to fine varieties of wood, as well as the use of materials such as brass and marble; the increasingly widespread presence of limited edition artistic design. The new designers are abandoning the precise language of the subject and instead trying out a method of expression capable of accommodating the lights and shadows of an increasingly multi-faceted reality. The result is an expressive variety that cannot easily be classified in terms of trends.
The images are only a taste of the endless proposals that the Fair will offer in every corner of the city, its showrooms, in the courtyards of its buildings, in its museums and apartments.