Tania Mateos was align’s eyes and ears in Milan last month, checking out the hottest new furniture, trends and design ideas on display at the annual design-fest. Here are Tania’s top ten picks from the 2019 show:
1. First, from B&B Italia, the Table Parallel Structure designed by Michael Anastassiades – a beautiful detailed table; neat, clean and simple with a great solid structure.
2. We loved the display from Danish brand Karakter this year, featuring furniture, lighting and interiors objects. The stand featured designs by Achille Castiglioni and Aldo Bakker, including these great metallic coffee tables by Bakker, with a curved sweeping base.
3. Zanat showed some beautiful pieces with exquisite detailing, including both these stools (left) and a set of Nera tables designed by Monica Forster (right).
4. It’s not the first outing for these beautiful laminated glass tables by Patricia Urquiloa, but they still make their top ten. We can’t get enough of their iridescent multichromatic finish, which reflects light differently depending on where the onlooker is standing.
5. Mirrored table surfaces and reflectivity were definitely having a moment this year (almost enough to be a trend). Petite Friture also showed tables that reflected the light in the form of these delicate and beautiful FRANCIS Mirror Tables by Constance Guisset.
6. A little added lunacy this year was given by BD Barcelona, with a series of high personality pieces, from portraits of Salvador Dali and high-colour sculptural vases to these pieces by the Spanish contemporary master Jaime Hayon – the DINO Armchair, Explorer Table and Happy Yeti Vase.
7. There are pieces that you merely like and there are pieces that you LOVE. The simple perfection of this piece – the BAMBA table by Pedro Paulo-Venzon for Viccarbe – made it one of the latter.
8. The tactile, natural warmth of wood was in evidence everywhere this year, though with a notable preference everywhere on show for paler timbers, such as this collection of clean and simple pieces from Finnish brand Nikari. Shown here are the 12 DESIGNS FOR NATURE – Apriltables, designed by Alfredo Häberli.
9. Designs with a workspace application are always of particular interest to us and we loved this Woods Desk Adjustable from Fantoni, which has no T-Legs, but still offers adjustable height.
10. Our final choice from the main fair was absolutely everything on the Walter Knoll stand. This was serious design – grown-up and elegant, engineered with precision and of the highest quality. Here is the Tama Desk by EOOS, but every single item on the stand was of the same quality. A cut above.