The 2018 Salone del Mobile, in Milan, has come to its conclusion. The Salone del Mobile is one of the design world’s biggest events. As such, there is ample opportunity to visit and see some of the best innovations that are coming up for furniture and design. At the 2018 Salone del Mobile, there were three notable takeaways.

Sustainability

This year, Salone del Mobile asked that those exhibiting their pieces have a greater awareness of the impact of their creations on the environments. For companies like Emeco, who had a product line that is made from post-consumer recycled material, there are also companies that have their installations displayed with many prototypes that aren’t actually in production and may never reach production. This brings to mind the question of sustainability. For all the wonderful designs that appear as installations, if they never reach production, how will the designer make any money, through royalties, from them?

Future of Tourism

Like any popular tourist destination can say, the Milan design week is filled with people who are considered “out of towners.” Those that are visiting are drawn to Milan because it has quickly become the “flagship”, if you will, for the design world. Utilizing the Instagram effect, Salone del Mobile was hyping up its new Instagram account and all the posts that go with it. Milan is known for its palazzos and many companies, such as Gubi, Hay, Swarovski, Cos, and Doppia Firma, have recognized the attraction of the palazzos and used it to their advantage through their installations.

Best in Show

Marc Newson introduce a new side chair as the first of three seating collections in store for Knoll. The chair is cantilevered and cast-aluminum and pays tribute to the 1928 Tugendhat Chair. Another favorite of the crows was the German company e15. Their Basis trestle was paired quite well with a cooking objects installation.

 

At some point, those in the design world should make it a point to visit the Salone del Mobile when its held in Milan, Italy. It’s the apex for design installations and offers the crowds, which increased by 26 percent this year, opportunity to view conceptual design that could very well make its way through to the public market.