Hilda Impey of Wilson Associates shares her favourites from 2017 Salone del Mobile

Remnants Series by Josh Carmody at Ventura Lambarte

Josh Carmody Studio is a multidisciplinary design practice based in Melbourne, Australia. With a decade of furniture designing and production experience, Carmody’s studio has an unwavering commitment to balancing a resolved modern aesthetic with traditional handcrafted quality.

Remnants Series is the best example of executing a simple idea to perfection. I was impressed by the design coordination, restraint and refinement of the pieces, which were designed to inspire interior designers and architects to reuse the stone, tile, and timber offcuts often forgotten in their design studio libraries. The resulting hardware range is a clamp on leg system, which will hold and join materials of different shapes and thicknesses – allowing anyone to make tables out of any material they desire and can access. With the maximum material thickness of the standard clamp being 30mm, table stability and structural capacity is dependent on the person assembling the table – their selected table top material, and desired leg layout.

The system is specifically designed to allow the configuration of table tops in any size, layout and shape desired. www.joshcarmody.com.au

The Colour of Hair

Creative talent and know-how merging the best of both reinventing each other – Solomon & Wu and Studio Ilio & Martijn Rigters showed a new version of The Colour of Hair.

The Colour of Hair aims to create a sustainable surface-altering process through the use of the natural hair. The developed process uses human hair to create surface treatments and decoration on diverse metals. The hairdressing industry is both stable and growing and a regular visit to the hairdresser is considered a necessity, not a luxury. Considering hair as a useful material rather than a material to evoke distasteful emotion, The Colour of Hair proposes controlled and sustainable printing wonders, by turning hair into a printable ink. www.solomonandwu.com; www.studio-ilio.com

Tube Lamp clock by Lambert Kamps at Ventura Lambarte

Lambert Kamps is an artist and designer based in Groningen, The Netherlands. Kamps studied fashion and design before attending the school of fine arts in Groningen. His work widely exhibited in galleries, art fairs and in site-specific installations or happenings is known for blurring boundaries between art, architecture and design.

The Tube Lamp Clock consists of 31 pneumatic moving tube lamps, which are joined together to create a dynamic lighting installation. This installation places time in a different perspective and allows time to become an experience by itself almost becoming a contemplative passing of time experience. www.lambertkamps.com

Rattan and neon light by Nuovo Istituto di Design at NODE – Natural Organic Design Exhibit

Designed by interior design class students from the Perugia Nuovo Istituto di Design, this suspension lamp combines rattan weaving techniques and neon lights challenging aesthetical interpretations of the use of traditional materials and exposed functionality. The result is an outstanding new interpretation of the two materials in a way that opens a dialogue between conceived perceptions of materiality and function. www.nuovoistitutodesign.it

The Study collection by Nacho Carbonell at Rossana Orlandi Gallery

Even though Nacho Carbonell is not new at Milan’s art and design scene, it’s a pleasure to keep seeing his design process, humour and personality reflected in each of his pieces. Carbonell likes to see objects as living organisms, imagining them coming alive and being able to surprise you with their behaviour. The “Study” collection are communicative objects that can arouse one’s sensations and imagination. What he wants to create are objects with a fictional or fantasy element, which allow you to escape everyday life. www.nachocarbonell.com

Urban Mandalas by Neal Peterson for Moooi at Tortona Design District

Urban Mandalas are large-scale photo collages of cities and neighborhoods. They are made from photos taken of architecture, sculptures, graffiti, nature or anything Neal Peterson finds unique. Traditional mandalas are often representations of the universe illustrating that all things are connected. Peterson takes inspiration from this idea and creates these microcosms with the same principles of connectivity, community, and oneness. www.moooi.com; www.nealpeterson.com

Re-Productie by Inderjeet Sandhu

A graduate from the Royal College of Art, Inderjeet Sandhu creates objects and installations that are best positioned in a grey area. Growing up cross culturally and being an amalgamation of two cultures, he tries to make sense of the space between two clearly defined borders. Re-Productie looks at our need for classification and how one should be labelled to define its place and purpose in the world. www.inderjeetsandhu.com

Tripolino tables by Cristina Celestino

Cristina Celestino’s work is based on observation and research, plumbing the potential of the shapes, functions and going beyond the traditional relations between fashion, art and design and embedding in her projects passionate interest for the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary. Common features to all projects are defined geometry and rigorous research, combined with a subtle play on the impact of traditional forms. Through variations of scale and small inventions, the objects are able to convey new messages and different meanings.

Tripolino tables for Editions Milano are not only furniture, but elements of a philosophy that places imagination, quality and splendour at its core. www.editionsmilano.com; www.cristinacelestino.com

Progetto Tessuti by Dimore Studio

Progetto Tessuti is part of Dimore Studio’s new collection showed for the first time during the Salone del Mobile. Progetto Tessuti within the master collection Progetto Non Finito is a textile collection with a classical flair that are made contemporary by creative interpretations. Unveiling different emotions: joy, surprise, nostalgia, these fabrics showcase elusive colours, precious materials and combinations that explore a dialogue between past and present.

Every object selected or created by designers Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, has a story and an allure capturing imagination in a way in which only art and design are able. Designed and produced by Salci and Moran, objects from far-away worlds live next to sculptural furniture. www.dimorestudio.eu

“The cordless” by Ryo Kozeki at Rossana Orlandi

Sometimes the simplest things are the most difficult to find. Japanese designer Ryu Kozeki presented Xtal cordless lights at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Xtal is a small lamp that resembles a tea light in a holder and throws patterns of light across the table top. www.ryukozeki.com

Hilda Impey is associate design director of FF&E at Wilson Associates Dubai. 

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