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Plenty has happened in the design world since the 2019 iteration of Salone del Mobile in Milan, and yet, we’re still thinking about these debuts by Versace, Bvlgari, Jil Sander, Bang & Olufsen, and Cassina.
Designed by Patricia Urquiola, Cassina debuted the Back-Wing armchair and a minimal sideboard, Hayama, presented in a scene that epitomizes “The Cassina Perspective.” At the brand’s Milan showroom, a large screen createed a theatrical setting, where four videos illustrated the origins of the designs, including the Back-Wing chair, followed by a diorama that depicted Cassina products in everyday scenarios. The armchair—a cozy perch available in six colors—features an ergonomic design with an enveloping backrest that wraps gently around the body. Bearing Japanese influences, Urquiola’s Hayama sideboard table features a simple, geometric design, available in matte wood or several options of polished lacquers.
Celebrating “93 Years of Magic,” Bang & Olufsen shared a retrospective of the brand’s history of unrivaled sound, with products that are innovative and visually beautiful. Dating back to 1926 when the brand was founded, up until today, the presentation included items like the Beogram 4000 record player and Beolit 39 bakelite radio. As the exhibition comes to a close, visitors will find that they have been led back into the present, where they waved on with a performance of enchanting movement, human-centric design, and sublime acoustics.
For its 2019 home collection, Versace teamed up with interior designer Sacha Bikoff and artist Andy Dixon. At the design fair, Bikoff created a series of settings reminiscent of the brand’s Fall/Winter 1994 campaign shot by Richard Avedon, bringing together elements of both the Versace fashion and Versace home lines. The neon dreamland was outfitted with playful pieces for the home—often referencing past collections, like rugs patterned with the brand’s classic motifs—arranged in picture-perfect scenarios that look like they came from a retro magazine spread.
Bvlgari presented two installations at the Fuorisalone that create a dialogue on the connections between design, art, and science. Created in collaboration with Tomás Saraceno, the first installation, “The Cosmic Web,” explores the cosmic origin of gold, which came to Earth by means of a meteor shower billions of years ago. After more than a decade of working with arachnologists and astrophysicists, studying the analogy between spider webs and cosmic webs, Saraceno has created a complex sky full of constellations in the Ulrico Hoepli Municipal Planetariaum—completely composed of spider-woven webs. Bvlgari also presented “Icons are Born from the Stars: B.zero1,” following the journey of the iconic B.zero1.
Jil Sander created a living installation entitled Adjacent Field, with the help of Australian artist Linda Tegg. Sourcing plants from abandoned locations all over Milan, Tegg paid tribute to the spontaneous greenery of the city and Jil Sander’s new collections, which focus on products for a life spent outdoors. A sea of collected greenery was accompanied by lighting (designed for the project by NDYLight’s Nic Burnham), playing with the relationship between nature and the manmade.