Our trip to Milan. Part 1. The Fair

April 17, 2015 By Milan, Product, Travel


Last week Dodds & Shute set their out of offices and headed to Italy for Milan Design week. This is our first blog which covers the Salone del Mobile a vast never-ending landscape of furniture. Before visiting the fair it is impossible to comprehend the scale of this event or realise that this many manufacturers even exist. With 2,106 exhibitors over 201,700 square metres of exhibition space this truly is the global benchmark for design fairs.

Since 1961 it has grown into a diverse international event with manufacturers exhibiting from all corners of the world. It has become an integral industry tool for the 311,781 architects, interior designers, buyers, agents, dealers and retailers that made the design pilgrimage last year.

As these figures show there isn’t really anything else in the industry that is comparable and it is a fantastic opportunity for us to meet with many of our important suppliers and see what plans they have been busy hatching over the past year. With careful planning (and sensible footwear) Dodds & Shute braved the hordes of visitors to come up with our personal highlights from the show.

blow_1240Cassina – Réaction Poétique by Jaime Hayon.
A fascinating collection of wooden objects inspired by the organic shapes of Le Corbusier’s architectures and esprit nouveau artwork: launched as a commemoration of the 50 years since Le Corbusier passed away.

Kristalia – 1085 Edition chair.
A design by Bartoli that draws upon inspiration from haute couture and the nautical sector. Based around the central values of traditional craftsmanship, Italian manufacturing and eco-friendly production

blow_1240Magis – Officina collection by the Bouroullec brothers.
The brother designers have used the ancient technique of iron forging to create a series of beautiful wrought frames for a collection of tables and seating. The surface of wrought iron is alive and imperfect and has a fantastic visual language.

blow_1240Frag – Arche Armchair & Bak sideboard.
Fantastic collections by Frag who boast a century of family tradition and passion for leather manufacturing. The ranges are made from steel and leather and are ideal for high end residential projects.

blow_1240DK3 – Royal shelving by Poul Cadovius.
Not a new piece but a very exciting opportunity to see DK3 after a long time admiring from afar. The Royal shelving, made in 1948, was the world’s first wall-mounted system and also was a breakthrough because of its light styling and the many individual combination possibilities, a beautifully elegant design.

Knoll – Bertoia plastic chair.
The relaunch of a chair designed in 1956. Its distinct outline, colourful finishes and competitive price point makes it an ideal alternative to the plastic chairs currently on the market. Shortly it will hopefully be suitable for outdoor use also.

Gebruder Thonet Vienna – Hideout by Front.
An enveloping and intimate space which combines comfort and design sophistication

Gebruder Thonet Vienna – Targa by GamFratesi.
Two elements of seating which perfectly fit contract spaces designed for an intimate and secluded atmosphere, as well as non-conventional residential environments

Alias – Twig chair by Nendo.
A masterful combination of different materials and production techniques, wood, plastic and aluminium, Nendo has put his signature to a collection of 5 chairs.