Milan 2011 Product Report

Milan 2011 Product Report
May 09, 2011 Chairs were plentiful, both at the fair and scattered around Milan, as many manufacturers were out to make their mark.

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Milan 2011 Product Report_01 Beehive by Foscarini

Beehive, a new table lamp by German designer Werner Aisslinger, is sculptural and comes with a built-in dimmer that creates a lovely glow. Created with stacked polycarbonate rings, the light can fit halogen or fluorescent bulbs.

Milan 2011 Product Report_02 King Top by Kartell

Frenchmen Philippe Starck along with Spaniard Eugeni Quitllet have designed King Top, a large round table that functions indoors and out. The black and white matte finish is made from injected molded plastic, while the 48-in. tempered glass surface is scratch-resistant and ideal for eating or working on.

Milan 2011 Product Report_03 Yumi by Fontana Arte

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has created Yumi, an arched floor lamp for Fontana Arte that is ever so light. The 10-cm. thick, black lacquered metal base is manufactured from fiberglass, aluminum, and coated in carbon fiber. It’s a perfect mood or task light for a public space.

Milan 2011 Product Report_04 Raviolo by Magis

Ron Arad, the Israeli-born, London-based designer, has created another rotational molded chair for Magis. Raviolo is a continuous, loopy, ribbon shape that would work in a group in a hospitality or work environment.

Milan 2011 Product Report_05 Cabanne by Paola Lenti

Paola Lenti’s outdoor collection keeps expanding and now includes Cabanne, a modular tent structure designed by Bestetti Associati. The all-weather steel structure comes with fixed or open wall panels that can be combined with new fabrics Kimia or Jarrah, or with a lattice of sustainably farmed Sassafras wood.

Milan 2011 Product Report_06 Synapse by Luceplan

Francisco Gomez Paz, an Argentinean designer based in Milan, has developed Synapse, modular lights that fit together to illuminate an entire space or wall. Made from polycarbonate, which encapsulates a series of tiny LEDs, the programmable light can project a range of colors and is ideal for a lobby or entrance hall.

Milan 2011 Product Report_07 Tip Ton by Vitra

The rocker is back. Brit design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s Tip Ton is a plastic rocking chair that could as easily multitask in a school library as in a digital firm. The indestructible 100-percent recycled chair has a built-in, posture-friendly tilt and is offered in eight colors.

Milan 2011 Product Report_08 Nestrest by Dedon

Lounge or pod? Nestrest is a mod outdoor seating concept created by Fred Frety and Daniel Pouzet for German manufacturer Dedon. Offered with a stationary mount, Nestrest also can be hung from a tree. Its aluminum frame is covered in Dedon’s signature synthetic woven material in natural or chalk and comes with a fitted mattress and cushions. 


Milan 2011 Product Report_09 Veliero by Cassina

Legendary Italian architect Franco Albini’s nautical-looking bookcase appeared on the cover of Domus in 1941. Veliero (which translates to sailor in Italian) is being reissued by Cassina this month. The original design from 1939 now is manufactured in ash, brass, steel, and glass.

Milan 2011 Product Report_10 Capo by Cappellini

London-based Doshi Levien launched Capo, its first product for Italian producer Cappellini. The flexible high back chair is soft to the touch and comes upholstered in felt or faux or real leather in any combination. It’s perfect at the office when you need to hide out.

Milan 2011 Product Report_11 Aim by Flos

The French Bouroullec brothers used their Liane lamp, previously shown at the Kreo gallery in Paris, as inspiration for a more commercial version called Aim. The adjustable, suspension LED light is made from polycarbonate and die-cast aluminum with cables that allow for multiple applications.

Milan 2011 Product Report_12 Husk by B&B Italia

Husk is a chair you can sink into. Designed by Spaniard Patricia Urquiola, the molded recycled plastic shell is upholstered with soft cushions and available in a choice of natural oak or grey or black lacquered wood with matching ottoman. Standard, large, or very large cushions offered in bright fabrics or leather makes it a comfy choice for an office or hotel room.

Milan 2011 Product Report_13 A-Bench by Established&Sons

After graduating from the Royal College of Art, London designer Felix de Pass did a stint in Japan. His A-Bench manufactured in Larch wood, is a flexible seating option that has applications for indoors or out.

Milan 2011 Product Report_14 Area by Lammhults

New pieces were added to the Area collection by Swedish manufacturer Lammhults. Designed by Anya Sebton, the additions include a modular upholstered footstool and metal perforated table. A magnetic linking device is embedded so they easily can be joined in a lobby or waiting room. Check out Area on YouTube.

Milan 2011 Product Report_15 Blur by Moroso

Blur by American designer Marc Thorpe is like an optical illusion. Although the sofa’s surface looks like it has been sprayed on, the pinkish fluorescent orange woven fabric actually is upholstered to a wood frame to make the form look like it is fading out.

Milan 2011 Product Report_16 Piana by Alessi

Piana is a compact folding chair by British designer David Chipperfield for Alessi.
The 100-percent recyclable polypropylene chair is manufactured by Lamm and reinforced with fiberglass with an anti-slip finish. Available in six colors and weighing in at 10 lbs., the portable Piana is perfect for public spaces.