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At Salone del Mobile last week, there was fun furniture aplenty. Proving to be a stable backdrop for many of the set-ups, though, were special offerings of tabletops and textiles. We’re sharing some of our favorites below.
Friedman Benda showed what we love so much from the gallery—an artful offering, and this time, of glass tables. In collaboration with Beatrice Trussardi, “EXCAVATION: Eviction” by British designer Mark Cocksedge was presented in the gorgeous space of Palazzo Bocconi-Rizzoli-Carraro. The premise of the work was a reaction to the artist’s eviction from his London studio, where he worked for 12 years, due to property development. Drilling into the floor to excavate some of the materials, he created five furniture pieces to, as he said, “celebrate and release the tension and creative energy that’s shaped the space.”
Campbell-Rey showed “Thierry,” a collection of three elegant octagonal tables, split diagonally with two contrasting colors of marble, with four triangular painted brass legs. Crafted by hand in Carrara and London, the cocktail table, side table, and coffee table all show the brand’s material-focused mindset, and is Campbell-Rey’s first collection of tables at the headquarters of Martina Camboni in Milan.
Zanotta gave guests a peek at the “Emil” table by Frank Rettenbacher. The table, available in a polished copper frame with a walnut top or a polished brass frame with a solid oak top, seemingly floats on its frame. “After experiencing a wide range of materials and bright colours, together with Zanotta I imagined a solid wood top table magnificently contrasting with the shining frame in copper or brass,” said Rettenbacher.
Kvadrat’s “Really: designing materials for circularity” presentation by designers Christien Meindertsma and Max Lam illustrated the making of the brand’s first collection “Solid Textile Board.” The initiative is a response to the global issue of waste, and shows the upcycle textiles as new materials for design and architecture.
And as usual, it was hard to pick a favorite from Hermès. In a pavilion designed by Charlotte Macaux Perelman, the historic house gave a full presentation of new home accessories designed by artistic directors Alexis Fabry and Perelman. Every bit of furniture, tabletop objects, fabrics, wallpaper, and textiles, was covetable and utterly outstanding.