A brief recap of a fantastic Milan Design Week
Looking back at Milan Design Week 2022
What can we say? Well, to start with, grazie! Grazie to the over 8000 people who visited our showroom, grazie to everyone who worked so hard to make Milan Design Week 2022 such an extraordinary and emotional event. From days spent in the showroom presenting our new products to convivial evenings laughing, reminiscing and even singing with old and new friends from the international design world, it was a week to remember.
Now, as we calm down and return to a more measured pace after those frenetic but oh-so-stimulating days, it’s time to look back at this edition of Salone del Mobile that was special for many reasons. First and foremost, because it was the first full Design Week after two years of pandemic and the relief and joy was palpable in the number of visitors to our showroom, in the warmth of the hugs between designers, clients and friends and in the broad smiles. It was special because of the many evenings spent in Casa Salvatori where Gabriele Salvatori was an expansive and entertaining host, with a vibrant mix of guests exchanging ideas against a backdrop of liveable design, music and great wine.
It was also special due to the products we presented, many of which represented quite a departure from our traditional repertoire.
2022 marked Salvatori’s debut into the tapware world with Elisa Ossino’s Spaghetti, our first complete range of taps and shower fittings. This extraordinary collection combines our renowned pared-back aesthetic with smart technical innovations such as a 20-mm cartridge that delivers the slimmest, most minimalist tapware of all time. In simple terms, this slender cartridge, a revolution in tapware, reduces the diameter to a minimum. It was most gratifying to receive plaudits from established experts in the sector and to also note their surprise at what we, as newcomers, had achieved in our first foray into bathroom fittings.
Another addition to the Salvatori world is Koushi, a modular furniture solution by Kengo Kuma who has developed a new universal “grammar” for the furnishing category. This wonderfully simple concept is based on a series of cubes created from a system of batons and joints that can be combined in an infinite number of ways. The world is truly your oyster with Koushi, as you can build vanity units, shelving and cupboard solutions and even coffee tables. As many visitors commented, it is the interior design equivalent of a luxury LEGO® solution.
Then of course, we have Punto, the bathroom collection by Yabu Pushelburg who bring their trademark zest and flair to this artful combination of wood and natural stone. Once again, versatility is to the fore, with the collection developed to offer a myriad of configurations, with a beautifully-veined basin, curved mirrors, wooden or stone tops and drawers and the choice on integrated splashback.
For the living zone, we have new products from John Pawson and Luca Nichetto. The Omphalos coffee table collection, designed by the great British minimalist, is unusually low and solid, yet with a contradictory appearance of lightness given they are made of stone. In fact, many visitors observed that the tables looked like lovely soft oversize cushions.
By contrast, Flirt, by Studio Nichetto, is a playful set of tables and chairs with retro echoes, crafted in luxurious brown leather of the highest quality. The small round table transforms into a chess board, with the game pieces stored in a cunningly-positioned set of drawers located between the slender metal legs. Just as ingenious from the same studio is Teo, an incredibly simple but effective table lamp comprising a sheet of rice paper furled and inserted into a circular base in white marble or dark brown limestone.
Last, but not least, we have two contributions from our friend Piero Lissoni. The first is Lighthouse, the latest addition to The Village collection, while the second is a trio of exquisite and delicate stone bowls inspired by the Japanese tradition of tea ceremonies, and succinctly called The Japanese Collection.
So, that’s it! Milan Design Week may be over for another year, but we are already back to the drawing board coming up with new ideas to surprise and delight visitors in 2023. For those of you who were not able to make it last week, our showroom at via Solferino 11, in the heart of the Brera district, remains open all year round so if you’re visiting Milan, we’d love to see you!