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50 Products We Loved at The 2021 Salone del Mobile

When we first heard many months ago that the Salone del Mobile — aka the Milan Furniture Fair — was moving forward with a September edition this year, after the pandemic knocked out its April 2020 and 2021 shows, our first reaction was to scoff. In the wake of the Delta variant, would it even be allowed to proceed? And if it were, would anyone attend? The organizers had branded it the “Supersalone,” but we wondered if it would be a “Teenysalone” instead. But the closer we got to September, the more our minds started to change. Invitations started pouring in, brands were announcing legit — albeit scaled-back — launches, and friends were confirming they’d booked their insanely overpriced hotel rooms. So in the end, we figured what the hell, let’s go and see if we can reclaim one of the more meaningful sources of normalcy in our lives: our once-yearly chance to gather with design friends from around the world. We’re happy to report that, for the most part, it was a success.

Sure, we had to turn down a few dinner invitations for lack of outdoor seating (even though we’re vaxxed, it’s scary these days to think of getting stuck quarantining far from home thanks to a breakthrough case). But once we all met up at Bar Basso each night, everything felt insanely, exhilaratingly familiar, and it was a great comfort. And then of course there was the fair itself! At the fairgrounds, the Salone organizers had taken the opportunity to shake up their approach, building new standardized exhibitor-booth frameworks that could be fully recycled post-show, and hiring a woman — Maria Porro — as the fair’s new president, which we almost fell off our seats when we heard. Elsewhere in town, Alcova galvanized dozens of hip galleries and studios in a bucolic compound of abandoned buildings and overgrown foliage that felt like a magical movie set, while folks like Hermes, Studiopepe, Dimore, and Nilufar brought their usual firepower (and in the case of Hermes, their usual gargantuan set-design budgets).

We’re documenting our favorite finds in two stories, yesterday and today — yesterday loosely representing the group shows and galleries and today loosely representing the brands and studios. If you missed the Supersalone, we hope to bring it to life for you here, and we hope even more than we can all go back next April, if fate and the pandemic cooperate.

CC Tapis

PS_cc-tapis_OMBRA designed by Muller Van Severen_simulation PS_cc-tapis_OMBRA green designed by Muller Van Severen_simulationRugs by Muller van Severen

La Chance

NK145132 NK145196 NK145213 NK145260Marble lounge, chair, and table by Hannes Peer, exhibited in Peer’s Milan home

DCW Editions

BZ-yasuke-lampYasuke lamp by BrichetZiegler

Dimore Studio

Dimoremilano_BELLE DU JOUR Dimoremilano_RAZIONALISTA SOFT

Tooy

Tooy-Studiopepe@SilviaRivoltella-04 Tooy-Studiopepe@SilviaRivoltella-12 Tooy-Studiopepe@SilviaRivoltella-3334Lamps by Studiopepe, photos by Silvia Rivoltella

Kettal

KCTL_M20_055.1_Mario Bellini mesa cemento MarronMario Bellini’s 1977 Il Colonnato table, reissued in concrete (as well as marble and teak)
KCTL_M20_056.1_Ringer_FINAL_02 KCTL_M20_077.1_Ringer pared naranja Conjunto_FINALRinger chairs and tables in aluminum by Michael Anastassiades

Tacchini

07_PS_MDW21_TACCHINI_GASTONERINALDI_ORSOLA_© Andrea Ferrari 08_PS_MDW21_TACCHINI_GASTONERINALDI_ORSOLA_© Andrea FerrariReissues of Gastone Rinaldi’s 1970 Orsola sofa and chairs, photos by Andrea Ferrari
01_PS_TACCHINI_VICTORIA by DAVID:NICOLAS @SilviaRivoltella 08_PS_TACCHINI_VICTORIA by DAVID:NICOLAS @SilviaRivoltella 10_PS_TACCHINI_VICTORIA by DAVID:NICOLAS @SilviaRivoltellaVictoria modular sofas by David/Nicolas, photos by Silvia Rivoltella

Etel

ETEL - Tripeça design Daciano da Costa - 2Reissue of Daciano da Costa’s 1970 Tripeça chair
ETEL - Alvor chair- Design Daciano da Costa (2)Reissue of Daciano da Costa’s 1966 Alvor chair

Glas Italia

SIMOON_PatriciaUrquiola_2Simoon tables by Patricia Urquiola

ALPI

ALPI_French Palette_curated by Piero Lissoni_Ph. Federico Cedrone (3) ALPI_French Palette_curated by Piero Lissoni_Ph. Federico Cedrone (1)Piero Lissoni
ALPI_Wavy Fir_design Raw Edges_Ph. Federico Cedrone (4)Raw Edges

Kvadrat

O_20130_C0795_W30-LOW_SRGB_JPEG I_8084_detail_shot_003-LOW_SRGB_JPEGTechnicolor collection by Peter Saville, including an upholstery fabric, rugs, and curtains

Budri

Budri_DSC3726 Budri_DSC3484 Budri_DSC3546BPatricia Urquiola

Abet Laminati

Superficiale design Martinelli Venezia_Ph Max Rommel 1Martinelli Venezia, all photos by Max Rommel
Sunny design Mario Scairato_Ph Max Rommel 1Mario Scairato
abet11553Zanellato/Bortotto

Zanellato/Bortotto

Baia_01_phAlbertoParise Baia_02_phAlbertoPariseBaia table for Del Salvio 1910, photos by Alberto Parise

Cassina

1_CASSINA_Dudet small armchair_Patricia UrquiolaPatricia Urquiola
1_CASSINA_LC6 table_Le Corbusier_Pierre Jeanneret_Charlotte PerriandLe Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand (new tabletop and finishes)
1_CASSINA_Ordinal table_Michael Anastassiades_squareMichael Anastassiades
1_CASSINA_Paravent Ambassade_Charlotte PerriandReissue of Charlotte Perriand’s 1969 Ambassade screen
2_CASSINA_Radio in Cristallo_Franco AlbiniReissue of Franco Albini’s 1938 Radio in Cristallo
4_CASSINA_Serving Cart_Bodil KjaerReissue of Bodil Kjaer’s 1963 serving cart
5_CASSINA_Soriana sofa_Afra_Tobia ScarpaReissue of Afra and Tobia Scarpa’s 1969 Soriana sofa

de Sede

Desede_602New spinoff of the DS-600 sofa as a standalone seating island, with fabric upholstery

Driade

Totoro (15)Totoro chairs and tables by Kateryna Sokolova

Vestre

Munch_1 Munch5Munch chairs by Andreas Engesvik and Jonas Stokke, designed for the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo

Draga & Aurel

DA_Golia Table6_photo Federica Lissoni DA_Golia Table11_photo Federica LissoniGolia tables in concrete and resin

UTIL

KGT_stack_03KGT trays stacked as storageUTIL_plie_wallshelves_120_umarine_210826_11 UTIL_plie_wallshelves_90x4_yellow_210830_20Plie wall shelves

Hem

2021_10_MILAN_HEM_11 2021_10_MILAN_HEM_6Stump tables in MDF by Faye Toogood

Raawii

07_PS_MDW21_RAWII_OMARSOSA_@DavidLuraschiCeramics by Omar Sosa, photos by David Laraschi

Rive Roshan

RiveRoshan_SandInMotion_NaturalSand_PleatMirror-SpinVessel_03Pleat Mirror and Spin Vessel made from sand

Marimar

Marimar_Eligo4 Marimar_Eligo2Onyx candle holders by Eligo Studio for Convivium, curated by Davide ColaciMarimar_Analogia1 copyDishes by Analogia Project for Convivium

Very Simple Kitchen

Very-Simple-Teklan-Edition_X_Fredrik-Bengtsson_007-1_LOWRES Very-Simple-Teklan-Edition_X_Fredrik-Bengtsson_011-1_LOWRES Very-Simple-Teklan-Edition_X_Fredrik-Bengtsson_001-1_EDIT_2 Very-Simple-Teklan-Edition_X_Fredrik-Bengtsson_005-1_LOWRESMarble and steel modular kitchen units by Tekla Evelina Severin, photos by Severin and Fredrik Bengtsson

Bonaldo

BONALDO_GEOMETRIC Console_10_HRConsole by Alain Gillesbonaldo-credenze-rami-stilllifeRami Sideboard by Maurizio and Silvia Varsi