Cover Gervasoni Flair outdoor sofas by Gabriele e Oscar Buratti

As spotted at the Salone del Mobile Milano fair during Milan design Week, we cast our eyes on some of the new and beautiful furniture designs you’ll want to shortlist for your home soon

This June, the Italian city of Milan will be abuzz with activity as decor lovers and designers from all around the world gather for Milan Design Week. This includes the tentpole event Salone del Mobile.Milano furniture fair, as well as pop-up installations and festivities happening all across the city. Running from 7 to 12 June this year, the 2022 edition of the Salone del Mobile Milano also marks its 60th anniversary.

During this pivotal week, top furniture manufacturers and community present not only new collections to be launched in stores the following year, but also innovative exhibitions and prototypes that celebrate the various creative disciplines while looking forward to how we can create a more sustainable and eco-conscious way of life.

Here, we highlight some of the notable collections to look forward to.

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1. Cassina Tramonto a New York screen by Gaetano Pesce

This imaginative design takes inspiration from the iconic skyline of New York, the city that never sleeps—its kaleidoscope of colours and patterns also take a cue from Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce’s striking Tramonto a New York modular sofa.

“New York is a place thriving with innovation and ‘colours’. My screen recalls the shapes of its towers with the tints of their spatial vitality,” says Pesce. He adds: “The material used to make it is dear to me because it has more quality than glass in terms of transparency, brightness and non-fragility: resin is a better material than its traditional counterparts for its ease of workmanship and high-quality of its products.”

Comprising semi-opaque polyurethane resin screens, this triptych room divider makes spatial division all the more stylish. To create this striking piece, coloured resin is poured into moulds layer by layer in various phases, ranging from rosy shades of pink and red to green, blue and purple hues; each colour is carefully mixed to create the intensity desired. The three panels are then secured with bronzed brass hinges. This handcrafted process thus means that each screen is unique, and will bear a plaque that indicates its sequential production number, as well as the signature of Pesce.

Cassina is available at Space Furniture in Singapore and Malaysia

2. Gervasoni Flair outdoor sofas by Gabriele e Oscar Buratti

The versatility of outdoor collections continue to be popular, with designs catered to look as chic whether in your living room or a spacious patio. Among some of the new finds is the Flair outdoor sofa from Gervasoni, designed by Gabriele e Oscar Buratti. Dinstinguished by its quilted backrest, the sofa features a modular configuration with a backrest can be manually lowered individually for each spacious seat. Supported by a steel frame and a non-slip breathable base, the plush cushions feature polyurethane foam in various densities for added comfort.

Gervasoni is available in Singapore at The Beuro

3. Roche Bobois Polygonia sideboard by Giacomo Garziano

A stylish sideboard can serve as an accent piece, just as much as your favourite designer armchair. Designed by Giacomo Garziano, the Roche Bobois Polygonia sideboard is a sculptural marvel that’s sure to catch the eye in any space it’s placed in. The sideboard comprises four units, two of which feature butterfly doors and the other two open with flap doors. This piece can feature either a plain or metallic lacquered finish; choose your favourite hue from nearly 200 colours to perfectly match this piece to your home interior.

Available at Roche Bobois

4. Porro Boutique Mast system and Acquario storage unit by Piero Lissoni

Dream of having a boutique-style wardrobe in your bedroom? This stylish design can be among your options soon. Created in collaboration with Porro’s in-house team CRS Porro, the Boutique Mast wardrobe system combines the elegance and purity of design that Italian architect Piero Lissoni is known for. The glass back introduces transparency and a sense of lightness, while the cantilevered open shelves in white cherry wood create that desirable boutique-inspired look. Pair it with the Acquario storage unit, also designed by Lissoni, which features a cuvée frame with glass shelves, base and drawers also in white cherry to showcase your beloved accessories.

Porro is available at Proof Living in Singapore

5. Gebrüder Thonet Vienna Mos console by GamFratesi

Love the textures of rattan and other woven furniture? This charming console Gebrüder Thonet Vienna should be among the pieces on your wishlist. The Mos collection by GamFratesi gets a new addition with this storage unit in a pleasing elliptical shape and doors crafted with Viennese straw. The woven shell is paired with feet in brass tips, wooden shelves, and a beech wood structure in either a black lacquered or natural finish. 

Gebrüder Thonet Vienna available at Space Furniture in Singapore and Malaysia

6. Living Divani Aero D desk by Shibuleru

Even as more of us begin returning to our offices, a stylish home office is still highly coveted. This compact desk from Living Divani can be among your top picks. Designed by San Francisco-based studio Shibuleru, the minimalist Aero D desk features a sleek linear form that will be a hit among minimalists. Its parallel table top and shelves can be arranged in various configurations to better customise this piece to suit your work-from-home habits.  

Living Divani available at Space Furniture in Singapore and Malaysia

7. Stella McCartney x B&B Italia Le Bambole chair by Mario Bellini and Stella McCartney x Cole & Son Fungi Forest wallpaper

This three-way collaboration between British fashion brand Stella McCartney, UK-based upholstery brand Cole & Sons and Italian furniture giant B&B Italia taps onto its mushroom inspiration with earnest.

The B&B Italia Le Bambole chair by Mario Bellini is covered with a forest-themed fabric from the runway collection, and the same pattern is part of the Cole & Sons wallpaper collection too. It’s not just mere fungi fun either; this spore-filled installation is also rooted in eco-conscious principles. The fashion label also presented the Stella McCartney Frayme Mylo, a bag that’s made with mycelium, and paired with mushroom sculptures crafted from recycled materials. 

B&B Italia is available at Space Furniture in Singapore and Malaysia, Cole & Sons is available at Goodrich Global

8. Cimento mirrors and stools

Venice-based firm Cimento made a striking debut at the international furniture fair, featuring collections by Patricia Urquiola, Studio 63 and other international designers and architects.

Its namesake product, Cimento, is a composite compound made with over 90 per cent mineral aggregates that are combined with a cement binder, with lively hues inspired by Venice. Standout pieces include Urquiola’s Frari tables, Zattere stools and Fondamenta side tables, and an innovative series of finishes that feature glass and quartz fragments mixed with marble or cork to create a tactile result like no other.  

Available from Cimento

9. Paul Smith + De Padova Everyday Life armchair

Italian manufacturer De Padova’s latest collaboration takes up a sartorial slant—the brand has teamed up with British fashion designer Paul Smith to create an elegant line of furnishings which includes the Everyday Life armchair.

The leather straps on the seat are a nod to the collection’s fashion influences and are complemented with other details such as the functional leather pockets for your remote controls and reading materials. The minimalist charcoal-tinted oak wood frame of the Everyday Life armchair is paired with upholstery fabrics in rich shades that include peacock, midnight blue, along with neutral shades and earthy tones like the brick red hue featured above. 

Available at Boffi | De Padova Singapore

10. Flexform Camargue outdoor sofa by Antonio Citterio, and Alcamo outdoor coffee table and side table

Accent pieces in earthy, clay-like hues inspired by terracotta and brickwork were seen at several stands by brands including Flexform at Salone del Mobile. Think autumnal shades that range from rosy and rich tones that range from burnt umber to softer shades in hues like camel brown and creamy beige. 

Top picks include the Flexform Alcamo outdoor coffee table and side table in a sprightly coral hue, as well as the Flexform Camargue outdoor sofa by Antonio Citterio pictured above.

Available at Flexform

11. Sancal

Love all things colourful? Take a cue from Spanish brand Sancal’s presentation at Salone del Mobile Milano—the furniture maker showcased their latest collections in apartment-like settings conceived by Teklan (Stockholm-based photographer interior designer Tekla Evelina Severin) and Milan-based Studio Pepe.

Set against pastel-hued walls, Teklan’s bright and cheery interior featured furnishings and decor items in rich jewel tones that include cobalt blue and emerald green; the latter are among the trending shades spotted during Milan Design Week. Novelties of note include Singaporean designer Nathan Yong’s playful Faces side tables.

Sancal is available in Singapore at Grafunkt

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