Above Image: Kabiljo Inc - Occupy!
Every year, Salone Internazionale del Mobile
promises to offer us an exciting melting pot of design, with this
year's show proving to be no different. Here we bring you our
roundup of 2012's most innovative installations and creations, from
big-name exhibitors to hotly emerging designers.
Claire-Anne O'Brien - Knitted Furniture & Booo!
Studios with Front - Surface Tension Lamp
Bored of your winter knits? Claire-Anne O'Brien puts a uniquely
contemporary spin on hers with her knitted furniture. Her playful
designs manipulate standard forms and scales of knitting.
This quirky light installation by Booo! Studios for Front has
been designed to draw on the long life of LED bulbs. The Surface
Tension Lamp combines a metal base with a constant cycle of bubbles
to create an ever-evolving lampshade. In the ten years it will take
for the LED to burn out, the bubbles will have delicately formed
approximately three million different shades.
Canon - Neoreal in the Forest & Ashley Temudo -
This installation by Canon recreates the beauty of a wild and
unpredictable forest. Giant sculptural screens draped in fabric
project a constantly transforming spectrum of colour and
sound, filling the exhibition space.
Ashley Temudo's Super-able Table has been cleverly designed to
challenge society's preconceptions of weakness. Upon first glance,
the table looks delapadated and unstable. In fact, the holes used
to create this image are highly functional, smartly holding glasses
and mugs with an even stronger balance than your average table
Zhang Ke with Moroso - Hidden Dragon Sofa & Makoto
Tanjiri with Toshiba - Passing on Project
Interior design meets ancient Chinese folklore with this piece
by Zhang Ke for Moroso. It's designed to represent a dragon. With
smooth curves and peaks like a mountainous landscape, the Hidden
Dragon sofa encourages interaction between all those who sit on to
it by having no set direction. Seemingly floating just above the
floor, it's as though the mountain is reflecting in water.
The Passing on Project installation by Makoto Tanjiri was
created in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan to
resemble the moment that light is born. Upon entering a completely
dark room, visitors are each given a translucent acrylic cube.
Passing through a hidden tunnel, cubes can be placed into a shallow
pool of water where they illuminate on contact. With each cube
placed in the water, this installation slowly begins to resemble a
city scape at night time.
Kabiljo Inc - Occupy! & Paolo Navone with
Barovier&Tosa - The Secret Garden
Design studio Kabilijo Inc created Occupy!, an exhibition
designed to represent the 2011-12 occupy and protest movements by
calling both political and aesthetic demands on design into
question. Created from the uncovered springs of a disused mattress,
the seating is made comfortable and functional through the addition
of brightly coloured balls of yarn.
Paolo Navone worked with Barovier&Toso to create The Secret
Garden, a clandestine beauty hidden from the outside world. 11,000
hazelnut branches have been woven into little huts, housing
thousands of murano glass chandeliers inside. Visitors sneak a look
into the spaces through tiny gaps, catching a glimpse of the glass
secretly concealed inside.
United Colors of Benetton - Objet Préfére/Objet
The United Colors of Benetton exhibition combines two
collections in collaboration with Fabrica and the cultural centre
Grand-Hornu Images in
Belgium. Objet Préfére presents fifteen pieces of
furniture created around a favourite object. Objet Coloré showcases
store display fittings, designed to mix surfaces, forms and
multicoloured geometries to best present United Colors of Bennetton
Text by Josie Sampson
Images courtesy of:
Indesign Live & via
Passing on Project
via Designboom & via Barovier&Toso