Back from Milan

Back from Milan

310,840 visitors overall, including big crowds on Saturday and Sunday when the fair opened its doors to the general public.
The Salone del Mobile once again confirmed its international identity with a significant presence of Russian operators, with China representing the largest number of visitors and Germany in second place.

Also noteworthy was the Middle Eastern presence, particularly Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Egypt, while the number of visitors from the USA, the UK and India showed a solid growth.

Salone 2015. with an original and innovative concept for workplace design and technology:
this year, it was being accompanied by the Salone Ufficio – the office furniture trade-fair that comes complete with the somewhat over-trendy name of “Workplace 3.0”
Workplace 3.0, the office is on the move, with 11 500 m² of stans and 127 exhibitors.

with The WALK : This is the title of the new work of concrete poetry by Michele De Lucchi.
A work conceived, written, designed and planned for the work place: the office.

‘La Passeggiata’ (‘The Walk’), a space (this time hosted inside the Workplace3.0 pavilions) where visitors can experience design ideas that showcase all the multi-faceted aspects of the workplace.
Workplace3.0 is an exhibition with an innovative concept, devoted to design and technology for planning the workspace bring together the top proposals from the furnishing world for office, banks, insurance offices, post offices and other public spaces, seating for offices and public spaces, acoustics, flooring and coverings, lighting and office accessories as well as audio-video technologies and communication.
Did you know that sitting all day at work is not only bad for our bodies but it could also stifle creativity as well? Italian designer Michele De Lucchi firmly believes that standing and walking are crucial to thought development which is why he created “The Walk,” a futuristic office for Salone Ufficio at the Salone del Mobile 2015. The installation keeps users on their feet in a loop path that offers different perspectives on ongoing office life.
De Lucchi’s installation is divided into four main themed areas: Club, Free Man, Agorà and Laboratory. These areas are located around a never-ending path that moves up and down in the space and is meant to provoke the evolution of the concepts of office work.!
Office work has evolved exponentially in recent years as a result of the extreme development of technology. This evolution has necessarily placed in discussion the stereotypes of office spaces and the products that customarily occupy them.
The traditional notions of work, of office, of space are being shattered by the democratization and the personalization of technology. The companies affected by this therefore face a great challenge. It’s a difficult moment, one that leads to movement – as the installation by Michele De Lucchiwould appear to indicate.

Visiting the stands, one notes that the brands are by no means sitting still. If anything, judging by the products on display, many brands have already understood where to steer the future of work, as if anticipating De Lucchi’s warning.
Here follows a randomly ordered itinerary of some of the companies we’ve seen and appreciated in Milano :

Self-made Seat by Matali Crasset

Milan 2015: French designer Matali Crasset has presented a sofa made from a system of individual modules that can be carried like suitcases .This Self-made Seat was designed for Italian ...

FLEX a fully adjustable table lamp

Its sleek, low profile design, and flexible head make it the perfect balance of form and function. Designed by Ramos & Bassols. Available in a white or grey matte lacquer. ...

Kristalia’s Hide Chair “1085 Edition”

For Kristalia’s Hide Chair 1085 edition, Bartoli worked with Italian leather manufacturers Presot to develop a seat made from natural hide that will evolve with use – changing in colour, ...

Dieffebi’s file storage containers

Dieffebi, whose file storage containers and elements lend order and personality to the workspace without sacrificing the mobility of the archival materials. Dieffebi defines itself as a metal “sewing workshop”offering ...

Dama by SESTA designed by Favaretto & Partners.

Sesta develops and manufactures design office and contract chairs, with a sharp focus on details and materials. Sesta aims to create homogeneous families of versatile products with strong personalities that ...

The new family of chairs by Alias

Aimed at an increasingly demanding target which seeks highly sophisticated aesthetics, as well as the contract market which increasingly calls for managerial seating solutions. The new shaped cushion is made ...

Fantoni presents the Hub project

by Matteo Ragni, where the intelligent multifunctionality ‘a la Munari’ becomes the foundation of everyday work; Hub is an office system created for this contemporary world. It is a landscape ...

Multy by Tecno

Multy by Tecno is an innovative partition wall system, conceived by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, for dividing and structuring spaces, for creating visual privacy and reducing acoustic impact in offices ...

ICF Cloud seat

Lets you first rest and then work. Laminam, whose expertise with materials make it possible to change the visual horizon of the office with its thin ceramic panels featuring an infinity ...

The USM Privacy Panels

designed specifically to meet the needs and requirements of flexible and multi-generational offices of tomorrow. Modular USM Privacy Panels are the space-saving, flexible solution for structuring workplaces, zoning of work ...

Soundwave @wall and Notes

Offecct Sweden presented at Milan 2 new acoustic panels : SOUNDWAVE® WALL by the french desgner: Christophe PILLET is the largest acoustic panel made by Offecct to date, and is built upon ...

Unifor, with an intimate wooden Studiolo

Designed by Michele De Lucchi for important meetings with oneself, following the example of the study-cell of St. Jerome. UniFor, a subsidiary of the Molteni Group, designs and manufactures solutions ...

KEEP IT SIMPLE, the office chair

Donar is producing an ergonomic office chair designed by the Danish designer Mads Odgard. The chair´s special features are built-in magnets that hold wood and fabric together, allowing for simple ...

Snowsound system, by Caimi

Caimi was presenting in Milano the new products designed by Atelier Mendini, Alberto and Francesco Meda, Marc Sadler, Sezgin Aksu and Lorenzo Damiani, to design different possibilities of acoustic applications ...