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Whitewaller Milan 2019: Design Debuts

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Here, Whitewaller is giving you preview of what the top brands in design, fashion, and tech are debuting this week at Salone del Mobile in Milan.

2019 Collection
Dedar’s latest collection features quality fibers, weaving techniques, and high performance pieces. It includes the Linen Anthology and Texturologie lines, and new jacquards, silks, satins, and outdoor high performance versatile fabrics. Linen Anthology—combining an element of the casual yet elegant—is offered in more than 69 thread counts and colors. The Texturologie line features a range of feels in wool, alpaca, cotton, and linen in a rich palette of colors. Geometric details in the new jacquards are notably inspired by Art Deco, Anni Albers, and travels to Japan.

Arthur Mamou-Mani
Fashion brand COS has collaborated with Arthur Mamou-Mani for this year’s Milan Design Week. This is COS’s eighth year collaborating with an artist or designer. For 2019, the French architect created a digitally fabricated installation inspired by the future of design, technology, and material innovation. The experience transports visitors to the 16th-century courtyard of the Palazzo Isimbardi through an architecturally innovative journey. Mamou-Mani employed 3-D printed bio-plastic modules to build the structure, on view April 9–14. “I hope that the combination of distributed large-scale 3-D printing with bio-materials and open-source parametric tool, will offer an insight into the future and showcase how this digital craft can have a positive impact on the world,” said Mamou-Mani.

The “Gople” collection by Bjarke Ingels Group
This year, Artemide is introducing an extension of the “Gople” collection by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). New lighting pieces include a smaller size, a table lamp, a floor lamp, and new “Gople” mini pieces in suspension, table, and wall versions. The glass is created by a hand-processed, traditional Venetian technique, designed for the most pleasing light, complemented by silver or copper vacuum metalization finishes. Artemide’s Euroluce presentation will also include expansions on collections by Neri&Hu, Elemental, and new product from Norman Foster.

Louis Vuitton
“Objets Nomades”
We’ve come to look forward to new additions to Louis Vuitton’s “Objets Nomades” collection. The
ever-expanding series of wanderlust-filled furniture is inspired by the house’s roots in the art of travel.
Past design collaborators have included nendo, Maarten Baas, Patricia Urquiola, and others. In
Milan, the French house will unveil new objects like a Venetian suspended lamp and woven sofa
and chair by Marcel Wanders, a nest and pouf from the Campana brothers, and the Plateau/Tray
by India Mahdavi. Collaborations from new designers like the Paravent by Zanellato/Bortotto and
Vendôme lamp by Doshi Levien will be complemented by the recently unveiled Serpentine table by
Atelier Oï, Anemona table by Atelier Biagetti, and Blossom vase by Tokujin Yoshioka.

Delaunay Quilt armchair
At Salone del Mobile.Milano this year, Minotti unveils the Delaunay Quilt armchair designed by Rodolfo Dordoni. First made in 1998, the successful piece has an air of sober elegance. For 2019, it’s getting a fresh look with new colors and tailoring details. Details like quilted stitching on the seat, and saddle-hide straps on the backrest, are now in ash, dove grey, sage, and bordeaux. These new colorways, paired with a polished chrome metal structure, give this classic a Seventies spirit that shines.

Lapis vase
CEDITCeramiche d’Italia is celebrating a 1968 icon by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni with a new edition of the Lapis vase. Then, the designers were commissioned to create a small-scale production of three vases. The 50-year anniversary relaunch honors the unique shapes with a reproduction in modern colors—gray, dusty blue, and brick. The original shape was inspired by Achille’s family dog, playing with scale and weight with its circular mouth, tapered base, and supportive curved leg.

Fritz Hansen
In 1968, Arne Jacobsen designed the DropTM chair for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Its iconic shape was inspired by the designer’s desire to admire his wife’s shoulders while she sat at her dressing table. Fritz Hansen relaunched the chair in 2014, to much success, and this year they are releasing it in a range of new colors—Millennial Pink, Gen-Z Yellow, If in Doubt . . . Blue, and Nine Grey—and an updated cushion in two shades of gray. The playful new shades complement the classic black and white models.

From the co-founders of DIMORE STUDIO, Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, comes two special projects for Design Week. The Milan-based architecture and design studio is debuting a new label—DIMOREMILANO. Presented in a unique location, on via Mascagni 8, DIMOREMILANO is made up of furnishings, lights, objects, and fabric collections. DIMOREGALLERY, the historical and contemporary Design Gallery at via Solferino 11, will present a special setup for the exclusive collaboration with Gabriella Crespi.

The Lexus Design Award
Early this year in Tokyo, luxury automobile maker Lexus announced the names of the six Lexus Design Award finalists. During Milan Design Week, each will present their prototypes before one is selected as the winner. Each had the chance to work under the guidance of Jessica RosenkrantzShohei Shigematsu, Sebastian Wong, and Jaime Hayon. The finalists and their projects include: Lisa Marks’s Algorithmic Lace, Rezzan Hasoglu’s Arenophile, Jeffrey E. Dela Cruz’s Baluto, Dmitriy Balashov’s Green Blast Jet Energy, Shuzhan Yuan’s Hydrus, and Ben Berwick’s Solgami.

LOEWE Baskets
This is LOEWE’s fifth and most significant exhibition for Salone del Mobile in Milan. The Spanish luxury brand stays committed to craftsmanship, driven by creative director Jonathan Anderson, commissioning several international artists and Spanish artisans to work and create in leather. Eleven artists known for their skill in basketry and weaving will produce one-off pieces that are both practical and decorative. Participating artists include Hafu Matsumoto, Jiro Yonezawa, Shizu Designs, Deloss Webber, Arko/Asako Sato, Jennifer Zurick, Design Afrika, Joe Hogan, John and Cissy Serrao and Patricia Gorelangton, Yoshiko Ichinose, and Lee Kyoung OK. In tandem with the artists’ limited-edition series in leather, LOEWE has also approached Spanish artisans to create a collection of bags, accessories, and charms to accompany the Salone exhibition.

Louis Poulsen
Poul Henningsen’s 125th Birthday
Louis Poulsen celebrates designer Poul Henningsen’s 125th anniversary this year, launching new versions of the PH Artichoke, PH5, and PH 5 Mini. Henningsen was an author and critic who made great contributions to the world of lighting. He began collaborating with Louis Poulsen in 1925, creating pieces that played with shadow, reflection, and color. His philosophy revolved around creating “the good light,” as he called it. The PH Artichoke, reimagined for 2019 in Copper/Rose, was first used in the Langelinie Pavilionen restaurant in Copenhagen in 1958, and soon became a classic.

Luxury Living
Baccarat La Maison
Luxury Living—behind brands like Fendi Casa, Trussardi Casa, Bentley Home, and more—introduces
an extensive new line for 2019: Baccarat La Maison. Created in collaboration with top designers like
Jacques Grange, Gilles & Boissier, Arik Levy, Chafik, and Alban Le Henry, this is the first-ever home collection from the historic French crystal manufacturer. “It was my father’s dream to translate the
legendary elegance and iconic style of Baccarat into an extraordinary furniture collection, offering discerning consumers something truly singular,” said Baccarat president Raffaella Vignatelli.

Outdoor Collection
nanimarquina presents its first-ever outdoor line of rugs. Culminating after years of research, the collection will surely warmly define exterior spaces. The brand created the collection from a mix of ancestral techniques and innovative PET fiber. Followers of nanimarquina will recognize outdoor interpretations of favorite lines like Shade, Tres Stripes, and Tres Texture. A new addition is Oaxaca, featuring vibrant flowers and geometric shapes.

Paola Lenti
“In Scena”
Maker of colorful indoor-outdoor furniture Paola Lenti will showcase their 2019 collection in a curated exhibit at the industrial Fabbrica Orobia in Milan. The show will lead visitors through a variety of installations featuring the brand’s newest furnishings and architectural products, such as flooring, wall coverings, and partitions. Lenti’s roots in rugs will be honored by a museum-like display. Outside, guests will find their latest in high-performance outdoor arrayed within an expansive bamboo “forest.”

John Pawson-designed boutique 
Visitors to Salone del Mobile in Milan this week will have the chance to see the redesigned Milanese boutique for luxury leather goods brand Valextra. Valextra has long been supportive of creative collaboration and design—well represented in their unique Milan store. Over the past four years, the brand has invited Martino Gamper, Bernard Dubois, Kengo Kuma, and Snarkitecture to create temporary site-specific and immersive installations. Architect John Pawson, in this latest iteration, has created something more permanent for the company. With the aim of opening up and brightening the space with natural light, Pawson’s vision for a minimal, elegant space offers a flexible canvas for Valextra’s seasonal displays and series.

B&B Italia
“Up” Series 50th anniversary
Bay by Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien for B&B Italia’s new outdoor collection. B&B Italia is not only showcasing at Salone del Mobile.Milano, the brand is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of its “Up” Series. The iconic collection was designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1969. For the occasion, B&B Italia has created an installation, showcasing six new colorways—bluemarine, red, Havana, cardamom, and California green—and a debut striped edition created especially for the milestone.

Table à Plateau Interchangeable by Charlotte Perriand
Cassina presents Table à Plateau Interchangeable low tables by Charlotte Perriand this year. The
pieces reference a table made back in 1937 at the designer’s Parisian studio in Montparnasse. The bases of the tables are made up of three circular section legs in black stained ash wood, joined by three crosspieces on which the tabletop is placed. The tabletop finishes are available in extra-white glass or Marquinia or Carrara marble. A special feature of the tables is that the tops can be changed around, an innovation Perriand introduced in several other projects including the apartments of the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille.

“50 + 1” and “Zanotta: Stories”
Zanotta’s Sacco, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. During this year’s Salone del Mobile, Zanotta is recognizing one of its most iconic pieces, the Sacco. Celebrating a half-century as the world’s first bean bag chair, the brand will roll out a program of events and exhibits dedicated to Sacco, starting with an artist’s re-creation of the piece in Carrara marble, to be shown at the fair. Also this week, Zanotta’s Milan concept store will debut “Zanotta: Stories,” an exhibit of experiential design vignettes demonstrating some of the many possible real-life applications of Zanotta product for a profoundly diverse array of tastes and personalities.

Mythos, Aleppo, and Ziggy
ETRO Home Interiors will showcase a new suite of novelties during Salone del Mobile. Milano. The Mythos dining table is striking, characterized by two figures of Pegasus in red lacquered resin, holding up a glass top framed in brass. The Aleppo small table features horn inlay decoration, a detail also found in the vertical spine of the Aleppo bookcase. A showstopper this year is the Ziggy console, made in smoked eucalyptus frisé wood in a polished brass frame.

Noce by Yabu Pushelberg
Henge is presenting the new Noce dining chair created by Yabu Pushelberg. The global design studio is known for its romantic and natural world influences. Their Noce chair is expertly handcrafted by the Henge artisans in walnut wood in a shape reminiscent of a tree. It’s specially proportioned to stand on just three elongated legs that support a rounded back and armrest. Sculptural and upholstered in nubuck leather, it comes in a range of colors like honey, nude, charcoal, and gray.

“Theory of Light”
LASVIT will showcase “Theory of Light” at Euroluce 2019. The project comes after 11 years of research, resulting in the discovery that light’s beauty is based on four key elements—spectrum, reflection, perception, nature—and perhaps most important: glass. Proving that theory are a variety of presentations: “Experiment with Reflection: Aura” by Maria Čulenová, “Experiment with Spectrum: De-Lux-Ity” by Wanda Valihrachová, “Experiment with Nature: Liana” by Maxim Velčovský, and “Experiment with Perception: Traces” by Katka Handlová/Katarína Fulínová Kudějová.

All About Materials 
French luxury maison Hermès will present its new collections for the home in a special exhibit. Within La Pelota, via Palermo 10, a site-specific structured space will be designed by Charlotte Macaux Perelman. There a range of items will be unveiled, all focused on quality materials and craftsmanship. Macaux Perelman collaborated with Alexis Fabry to showcase lighting, objects, textiles, furnishings, fabrics, and wallpaper from Hermès Maison.

GREGOR by Vincent Van Duysen
A longtime collaborator of Molteni&C’s, Vincent Van Duysen will unveil a new product, GREGOR. The modular seating system is the perfect addition to the contemporary home and today’s way of living. Straight, corner, or peninsular units can be combined in a variety of ways to create environments for socializing, hosting, relaxing, and entertainment. Its steel base has a zinc finish, armrests are in leather, and backrests are rounded for support and continuity. A mix of cushions provide support and comfort. The designer has also created a set of small round tables in leather, named HUBERT, to go with GREGOR.

Newood Relax Lux
Exploring the theme of Freedom this year in Milan, Cappellini will present a new addition to its Newood series, the Newood Relax Lux chair. Designed by Alberto Brogliato and Federico Traverso, it is the first stackable chair by the brand. Made in solid ash wood and all-beech plywood, it features a curved backrest and upholstered fixed seat. The piece is a rich, warm balance of technological prowess and design skill.

“A Space for Being”
Google Design Studio has collaborated with Muuto, Reddymade Architecture, and the International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University, Brain Science Institute to create
an installation especially for Salone del Mobile.Milano. Entitled, “A Space for Being,” the multiroom exhibition at Spazio Maiocchi explores the impact of aesthetics on the mind and body. The show follows last year’s “Softwear” exhibition of sensorial experiences. Guests will be invited to wear wristbands that track their physical response to the space filled with art, lighting, sounds, scents, and furnishings.

Kenneth Cobonpue
The “Gotham Collection”
This year at Salone, Kenneth Cobonpue launches the “Gotham Collection,” comprised of reimagined Yoda and Bloom chairs and the CU-C-ME hanging lamp. The Filipino industrial designer mixed city influences, reflected in blacks and metallics, with his characteristic coastal feels in organic forms and materials. The Yoda chair wows in rattan while the Bloom chair, in a rich ultra-suede, brings to mind a sculptural blossom. And the CU-C-ME pendant lamps in three sizes are quite textural, made from materials like salago (a shrub native to the Philippines) and handmade paper.

“Dandy” by Marcel Wanders 
Natuzzi is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a new collection designed by the Dutch design studio Marcel Wanders. “Dandy” is an ode to relaxed elegance, complete with: Dove, a chaise lounge; Skyline, a sofa and a bar furniture piece; Shield, a set of stools; Arch, a bookcase; Lave, an armchair; and Dami, a unique lamp. With this new line, Wanders expands upon his vision for dynamic design to offer an interior that welcomes balance between local skill and global image for a multitude of present and future experiences.



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