Best Stands at Salone Del Mobile.Milano 2016 | #MILANTRACE2016
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Artek at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Arper at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: A little moment from the beautiful Artek stand, designed by Kuehn Malvezzi. Right: Entry to Aper stand. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Baxter at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Bolon at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Hot shelf action by Pietro Russo at Baxter. Right: Bolon’s small by striking stand by Doshi Levien. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Arflex at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
Arflex stand. Note the ‘Ugly Colour’ used perfectly – one of the key trends from this year. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Carl Hansen & Søn at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
Playful stand by Carl Hansen & Søn. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Cassina at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016De Padova at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Cassina’s stand was inspired by the Rietveld Pavilion (1955), designed by brand’s new Art Director – Patricia Urquiola. Right: De Padova stand by Piero Lissoni. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Dedon at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Diesel at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Dedon. Right: Diesel. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Edra at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
The always bonkers Edra, making me feel like I was trippin’ out on LSD. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Finn Juhl at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016e15 at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Onecollection by Finn Juhl made it’s debut at Salone this year. Right: e15 stand. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

GAN at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Gebrüder Thonet Vienna at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: GAN. Right: Gebrüder Thonet Vienna. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Kartell at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
Inside one of Kartell’s Talking Mind booths. I really just wanted to share the photo of the dude wearing a yellow cardigan. Classic Italian moment. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Kettal at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Kvadrat at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Kettal stand. Right: Kvadrat stand designed by Neri&Hu. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Knoll at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
Knoll stand by Dutch Arhitecture studio OMA was a knockout, and one of my personal faves. Note the major marble mashup going on. Sick. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Tourismandhotels at Knoll at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
Tourismandhotels (Nick, Dana & Giacomo) reflecting on the situation in front of Sabine Marcelis’s graduated colour mirror at Knoll. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Petite Friture at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016La Chance at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Petite Friture at the new French District at Salone. Right: La Chance exhibited at the Fiera for the first time, also at the French District. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Lema at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
The always extraordinary Lema stand, designed by Piero Lissoni. Let’s just get some perspective here – this stand was built to last for just seven days, yet it looks better than most homes I’ve ever seen. Ka-ching! Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Living Divani at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
Killer stand by Living Divani. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Magis at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Menu at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Magis celebrated it’s 40th anniversary with a stand was conceived as a mini museum exhibition. Right: Menu stand. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Moroso at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016nanimarquina at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Moroso stand by Patricia Urquiola was inspired by Japanese tokonoma – a tearoom alcove use for the display of ornamental objects. Right: Small but interesting stand by nanimarquina. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

String at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Poliform at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Black on Black at String. Right: Poliform lushness. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Swedese at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Tacchini at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Left: Swedese took things up a notch this year. Right: Tilted planes at Tacchini. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Sancal at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Sancal at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

One of my absolute favourites this year was Sancal, who presented their FURTURA COLLECTION with a stand inspired by 1960’s and its particular vision of the future. Think Austin Powers – carpeted walls, silver, fur, disco balls – it was all there! Yeah baby! So. Much Fun! Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Vitra at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Vitra at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Vitra stand looked like a mini design museum. Absolutely gorge! Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Walter Knoll at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
Walter Knoll’s biggest ever stand designed by Ippolito Fleitz. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Walter Knoll at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Walter Knoll at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Personal favourite from this year – Walter Knoll’s “Votteler Chair” Designed in 1956 by Arno Votteler. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Zanotta at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016
Zanotta stand was inspired by Villa Muggia designed by Piero Bottoni in 1936 – a forgotten masterpiece, now overcome by nature. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Zanotta at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Zanotta at Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Styling perfection and brilliant use of ‘Ugly Colour’ at Zanotta. Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

Rho Fiera Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016Dana Tomic Hughes at Rho Fiera Salone del Mobile Milano 2016, Photo © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace | #MILANTRACE2016

Oh hi there! Some general scenes from the fairground at Rho Fiera.

 

The sheer epic-ness of Rho Fiera, the purpose built fairground where Salone del Mobile is held, never ceases to amaze. This year marked my 6th visit, and I still felt overwhelmed by the gigantic scale of the fair – it’s 24 halls, thousands of mega stands and the sheer volume of products on offer. Over the years, Salone has grown into the undisputed world’s biggest and most important furniture trade fair with an unprecedented 372,151 attendees in 2016, from more than 160 countries. Salone del Mobile also celebrated it’s 55th edition and officially changed it’s name to Salone del Mobile.Milano.

In the fast-paced world we live in, you may think that it’s a bit late to be reporting on Salone at this point, but I truly believe that one can only digest and appreciate the calibre of design on offer after having a little bit of time and distance. Salone is not only an opportunity to witness the best products and stand designs in the word – the event is also the ultimate study on Brand extension and multifaceted design expression of the highest quality.

This was an optimistic year in Milan and at Rho Fiera. The fair was filled with thousands of exhibitors putting their best foot forward and paying careful attention to the way stands are designed and products displayed and styled. For my money, this is one of the most exciting aspects of attending Salone, so today I wanted to focus on some of the very finest Big Brand Furniture Stands from Salone del Mobile.Milano 2016, including our video highlights. Look our for a separate post on the best new Furniture releases from Salone later this week. And enjoy many, many, MANY more images in the gallery below. Ciao for now!

 

Related Posts:
Big Brand Furniture Stands at Salone del Mobile 2015.

Video Highlights from Salone Del Mobile 2015.

 



 


 


[Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.]

 



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