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Salone del Mobile or “Two Alices in the Wonderland”, Part II

I had a chance to visit this time Salone del Mobile in Milan, one of the most prestigious design furniture fairs in the world, together with its accompanying content outside the fair premises. That included visiting the city center, Brera and other areas within FuoriSalone, fair program that is being shown for many times in the row now outside of the regular fair content. Second day was reserved for the furniture fair itself.

The day after we went to official fair areas, which was expectedly overwhelming. As we were not looking for anything in particular, we hit first SaloneSatelite and in  the end of the day, that remained our favorite spot. Satellites are those relatively smaller boots, mostly arranged by less established younger designers, such as Zeljka Kavran or design schools, such as New York Institute of Technology or American University of Sharjah, just to name few. This area was boosting of freshness and new vibes – it is not to say that others were not, but we found this one more to be more innovative and dynamic.

I hope you liked Salone del Mobile 2012!

(Please note that I have marked the design objects to the best of my knowledge. If there are any objections, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I can remove the picture from this blog right away.)

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Salone del Mobile or “Two Alices in the Wonderland”, Part I

I had a chance to visit this time Salone del Mobile in Milan, one of the most prestigious design furniture fairs in the world, together with its accompanying content outside the fair premises. That included visiting the city center, Brera and other areas within FuoriSalone, fair program that is being shown for many times in the row now outside of the regular fair content. My personal highlight was Tortona Design Week in Zona Tortona.

 Zona Tortona is a rather non-conventional area, which is normally populated by young people with artistic inclinations. During the time of Fiera, it transforms into an open-air art fair, with a huge mass of people checking out the design spaces and art boutiques hiding in Zona Tortona streets. We* absolutely loved the atmosphere here and enjoyed the sun, crowd and also beautiful sights and innovative design ideas!

What we have seen there was a variety of funky design commercial products, such as senz°/the orignial storm umbrella or the o bag, which I will try to cover in some next posts. There were a lot of events in Via Tortona and Via Savona as well, but what we like the most were huge pavilions and halls, all with different themes but all equally interesting. Again, it is very difficult to make a right selection but here is some preview.

– to be continued –

* by ‘we’ I mean, my host / guide / artistic advisor & my lil sis (Please note that I have marked the design objects to the best of my knowledge. If there are any objections, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I can remove the picture from this blog right away.)

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Catalog from BoConcept that inspired me for today

I got the other day a catalog from BoConcept delivered to my home, with accompanying letter that there is going to be some kind of showroom today in their stores. Well, I am not into buying any furniture just now, but it doesn’t cost anything to: a) flip through the catalog, b) even stop by and see it in the store.

I don’t want to spam you now with photos, as you can see it yourself and/or check out their inspirations, but just to share some favourite ones with you.

Carpet Hopscotch: yes, it is a bit pathetic how they play with our memories, but it still did work in my case. I must admit – I kind of like it.

Then this lamp, Woody. I like the combination of black colour and raw wood, seems smart, warm, simple yet elegant. I’ve been today in the store and it looks even nicer and classier in real. There is also a able version, which can also be very functional and pretty at the same time. Other lamps there are beautiful as well.

This sofa table is there for already some time, combination of walnut wood and ash grey glass, and functioning as storage space. There is a great danger that you can easily turn your living room in an eating space as well – that is exactly why I am SO NOT buying this one (like, ever!).

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Project “Furniture Shopping”: Collecting Ideas

At least the process got started. So far, the ideas are:

– Go for a large wardrobe first. After seeing some of them, I think that good ol’ PAX from IKEA is still the best (and safe) option. I would still have to take the measures of our ‘changing’ room, but the bigger the better (so that I can stuff all objects that do not have a place in). The only question is what to take for the cover planes? Aaaaagh I have seen everything on the web site, but I need to know a) how it should look together with others in the apartment, b) how it really looks in reality

– Skip the dining table for the time being. It has to  be something special. But I do have chair that I like and I have to thank my friend for suggesting it to me (over a beautiful morning pre-new-year-2011 brunch): 


Source: minimum.de 
(Update: In the moment of writing this, I have just found a multifuncitonal table that I *might* like. I found it in Abovo in Munich, but this is apparenly made in Berlin, in a furniture design store Atelier Haussmann. In this blog, you can see other furniture pieces, but I liked these tisch ‘legs’ because you pick yourself what you want for the plate over. E.g. in blog there is an example with wood plate, which gives some ‘factory’ feeling to it, while you may also want to consider giving it a homey or even sleek touch as here:



Source: stilsucht. de, warenbund.de, berliner-produkte.de

– Check out more stores for sofa but other ideas as well
(now I am being local: Bo Concept, Who’s perfect, Sit and Sleep, the one in Belgradstr.*, Böhmler in Nymphenburger Str., and cruise Schwabing, Neuhausen, Glockenbachviertel etc)
* I don’t remember a name of the place, but there is a cute furniture store there, with Missoni taboret among others, which often has sale. I bought few years ago a Designers Guild sofa there and here is a similar photo of it, with a matching no-name sofa table. (Mine is black-white-beige-silverish and, yes, I promise: I will take picture of it soon and update it here.)


Source: bemz.com

– See more of flea markets in Munich neighborhoods
(Tips: I like only the ‘Hofflohmärkte‘, that is, flea markets in the selected city blocks. The great thing about it is that people who are selling it are the regular people, like you and me, and you can find some really cool stuff there, everything from clothes, to new perfumes, books, decorating items – you name it. I found a ‘fatboy’ two years ago, for small money and practically new, and I also remember seeing a wonderful 50’s-design chair. It is best to go to areas where people with better taste live (my favourite one is where most of gay population lives, as they are always the trendiest ones.) The one in the area where I lived I have just missed.)

I am so proud of myself for (finally!) noticing beautiful around me! (and kind of enjoying it)

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