The Worlds Best Furniture Fair

The day we have been looking forward to since last April is now just around the corner. The worlds biggest and best furniture fair, iSaloni has come again. An event held anually where manufacturers and buyers all come together to show off and appreciate one common theme; design. Located in Rho, Milano, only 4 kms from the heart of the city, the show is nothing less than incredible. With over 2700 exhibitors and nearly 300,000 visitors from 150 different countries in 2011, you can only imagine the buzz that floods the show hallways and city streets.

Outgrowing the original venue, Fiera Milano located in downtown Milancity, the new 2.5 million square foot venue was built only a few years ago with 24 halls displaying products from kitchens to lighting, antique to modern. Designed with a draping canopy that covers the entire grounds, rain or shine the event is completely accessible by foot making for a lot of sore feet. A world class venue that not only houses some of the best designs the world has seen but also some fantastic cafeteries serving the best plate of pasta bolognese you’ve ever had.

Aside from the main attraction, one of the highlights is the Fuorisalone held throughout the streets of downtown Milan. Similar to Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, but on a much larger scale. With the streets flooded with curiousity, specific stores or apartments are marked with a red Zona Tortora sign marking a venue where either a designer or brand has taken a space and done something unique. Lago is notorious for taking an apartment and furnishing it with 100% Lago products including a fully operational kitchen where they host guest speakers and feed visitors as they pass through. This is also the apartment where the employees working the show sleep for the entire work, just incredible.

Design, architecture, food and culture is what keeps me coming back each and every year. It is truly an experience.

Follow us on Twitter as we will be tweeting often throughout our time at the show. The show runs for 5 days starting on April 17th, 2012.

Doesn't Diesel Design Clothing?

Well yes, but they have recently teamed up with Italian manufacturer, Foscarini, a powerhouse in the lighting industry.  Diesel, a world-wide household name known for its edgy clothing designs has taken a step into the world of furniture and has made an incredible statement.  A lighting line that very much resembles the character of their clothing, a very industrial, raw look which fits perfectly with the target market; young, successful, expressive.  

From floor lamps to pendants, each demands attention it its own way using different materials and finishes complimenting each style.  The Rock collection resembles a volcanic rock that when it breaks apart reveals a jewel within, it is an interplay of surprises and contrasts. Mysterious and severe outside, diamond-bright and iridescent inside.  A personal favorite, the Cage collection takes its inspiration from the lamps of miners and workers, protected by a metal cage which in these pieces becomes a decorative element.   Offered in 3 colors, white, black, and green and available as suspension, floor, or table lamps. 

Available and shipped from the Foscarini warehouse in the USA, most of these pieces are available in about a week.

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Bonaldo Receives Good Design Award

The Good Design Award, the prize for design excellence in the showroom section, has been awarded to Bonaldo. The Golden Design award was established by the Chicago Athenaeum, a prestigious U.S. arts institution dedicated to design in all its forms and expressions: architecture, urban planning, industrial design and graphics. The jury met in November in Los Angeles to evaluate over 500 designs from 38 countries to make their decision. Designed by Mauro Lipparini, the 60,000 sq. ft. showroom is truly a gem found in Padova, Italy. After 26 months of gutting, refacing, and redesigning an already existing building, Bonaldo opened their doors to their new home.

Founded by Albino Bonaldo in 1936 has become a big player in the design world. Working with international designers such as Karim Rashid, Mauro Lipparini, Toshiyuki Kita, Ron Arad and Giuseppe Vigano has allowed the company to continue to grow an elegant and versatile collection for both the home and commercial market.

Bonaldo has always pushed the envelope when it comes to experimentation. Sixty years ago it began with its range of tubular metal applications and today it conducts wide-ranging research into plastics, the use of different alloys and the use of materials such as pressure cast aluminum, flexible cold-pressed polyurethane and propylene. The company has a high-tech focus, however it entrusts fundamental planning and production stages to human skill. Output reflects Italian tastes and lifestyle, something unique to Italy that cannot be reproduced elsewhere. With many design awards under their belt, this is truly a company to follow for years to come as they will continue to create and produce some of the most beautiful furniture in the world.