The Best of Salone del Mobile 2019: Dior, Missoni, Louis Vuitton, and More

The 58th edition of Salone del Mobile has come to a close, and we’re looking back on some of our favorite debuts by Dior, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Tod’s, Molteni&C, and COS.

COS
Arthur Mamou-Mani’s Conifera
Courtesy of COS.

Working in collaboration with French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani, fashion brand COS revealed a large-scale architectural installation entitled Conifera. On view in a 16th century palazzo, the installation was composed of 700 “bio-bricks,” which were 3D printed using renewable resources. Converging at a point between construction and design, the modular blocks interlock with one another to create giant sculptural pathways.

Tod's
Courtesy of Tod’s.

Tod’s No_Code project recognizes the current changes in our contemporary society, offering new solutions for the way we work, for our personal relationships, and for our constantly evolving style. In “No_Code Shelter: Stories of Contemporary Life,” Studio Andrea Caputo created an exploration of the history, background, and current meaning of a shelter through a series of eight documentary style videos, featuring names like Formafantasma, Chris Bangle, and Maurizio Cheli.Each personal video is accompanied by a complementing physical construction, each representing different codes and criteria for a typical shelter. The project also includes the No_Code Shoeker—a new category of footwear that brings together a classic shoe with a sport sneaker—designed by Yong Bae Seok.

Molteni&C
Courtesy of Vincent Van Duysen and Molteni&C.

Presented by Molteni&C, designer and creative director Vincent Van Duysen debuted his newest exploration of contemporary living, the modular Gregor seating system. Composed of a series of mix-and-match units, Gregor can be put together as one piece or reconfigured to fit an array of room layouts. The multi-purpose piece features a light design with a zinc finished steel base and a sophisticated contemporary aesthetic with polyurethane foam-filled cushions and wing-shaped armrests.

Dior
© Silvia Rivotella
Courtesy of Dimore Studios and Dior.

With Dimore Studio, Dior introduced a 14-piece collection of precious design objects. The Italian-American studio (founded by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran)drew inspiration from Surrealism and Cubism—two of Christian Dior’s favored artistic movements—and created a selection of designs that play with a mixture of metals like gold, bronze, and silver, and employs clean lines and a hint of 18th century influence. The collection includes the “Basket” series, a smoked gray Plexiglas tray from the “Cubisme”series, and an umbrella stand cleverly titled Ceci n’es pas un vase (French for “This is Not a Vase”).

Missoni's "Home Sweet Home"
Missoni’s “Home Sweet Home.”

Missoni presented “Home Sweet Home,” an installation by Alessandra Roveda, in the brand’s space at via Solferino. For this special presentation, designer Roveda worked her magic to create a whimsical environment where rainbow crochets adorned the surface of a typical domestic environment. Friendly, soft cacti and gardening tools welcomed viewers on the outside of the “house,” made up entirely of a spectrum of crocheted yarn. And inside, every detail brought delight in kaleidoscopic textiles—right down to the basket of toast on the kitchen table.

Louis Vuitton
Objets Nomades at Salone del Mobile 2019
Courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton debuted a large selection of furniture and design objects by various designers, like Raw Edges, Atelier Biagetti*, and Atelier Oi. Highlights included a yellow chair by Campana Brothers (nearly the perfect center of a great yellow dandelion) and the designs by Marcel Wanders—including a monochrome red sofa and chair, both sitting on bases made up of geometric lattice. 

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