d+a VISITED THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT FURNITURE FAIR HELD IN MILAN, ITALY AND IDENTIFIED THE TRENDS THAT MARKED THIS YEAR’S EVENT.
It is hard to believe that the Salone del Mobile has been around for 57 years. Held over a week in April in Milan, it sees 300,000 visitors descending onto the city to participate in an orgy of furniture design, innovation, networking and trend-spotting.
Making its debut this year is a manifesto published by the organisers, describing nine areas that it wants to focus on. It declares an intent of “channelling the forces in Milan to work together to preserve the leadership role of both the city and the trade fair, and attract ideas, projects and new resources”. Acting as a rallying call, it reaches out to architects, designers and brands to face up to global challenges such as climate change, support young designers, openly exchange ideas and give a thought to Milan’s contribution to the industry.