Preview: What not to miss at Salone del Mobile 2018

Salone del Mobile 2018 kicks off on April 17 bringing another edition of the world's premier interior design fair. As usual there will be a slew of new launches, collaborations and innovative designs from some of the globe's finest furniture, lighting and textile companies providing fresh inspiration for your home or superyacht interior. But, with only a few days to see everything, where to start? Get your priorities straight with our edit of the brands and products not to miss.


As well as promising a lighting extravaganza, the glassware connoisseurs will be presenting a series of new tableware collections. These will include the Otto collection designed by Yabu Pushelberg – stemmed glassware with an etched clear crystal design and a solid, weighty base with matching decanters, carafes and an ice bucket; Circle by Milena King, beautiful one-of-a-kind mouth-blown table glasses; and Yakisugi, designed by Kengo Kuma, which draws inspiration from a Japanese technique used for preserving timber and results in a unique contemporary glassware design. There is also Zig Zag by design duo Lars Kemper and Peter Olah, a range of colourful glassware with a spiral form.


The theme for Visionnaire’s new range of furniture and accessories is “breathe”. Inspired by the idea of meditative spaces, the collection uses natural materials, including wood, stone, marble, raffia and bamboo. The brand will be collaborating with new designers Roberto Lazzeroni, Marco Piva and Armando Bruno, as well as former collaborators Alessandro La Spada, Mauro Lipparini and Giuseppe Viganò among others. One of the stand-out pieces is the beautiful Jason dining table by Lazzeroni (above), featuring a tabletop of three types of marble arranged in a geometric pattern.


Textiles brand Sunbrella will be teaming up with Italian-born, Paris-based designer Marc Ange, of studio Bloom Room on an installation (above) to mark the launch of a new collection of its performance upholstery fabrics so loved by superyacht owners. Bloom Room has previously collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Ferrari and Louis Vuitton, adding an element of the fantastical to the luxury brands’ products. Few details have been given about the new Sunbrella line, which will be revealed at Salone, but we imagine it’s worth stopping by for.

Paolo Castelli

With a stand specially designed by its eponymous founder and CEO, Paolo Castelli will be encouraging all visitors to take a tactile approach, feeling as well as seeing for themselves the quality of raw materials and craftsmanship that goes into its products. This year the Italian brand will be launching the Inspiration collection, influenced by early 20th century design and with its roots in sculpture. The pieces to look out for? The Dione coffee tables (above) in a series of three unique sculptural shapes made from marble, ceramic and galvanised metal; the Orus Dormeuse chaise longue (with Belle Epoque charm but unique contemporary criss-cross style legs); and the striking Midnight suspension lamp crafted from Murano glass and brass.

C&C Milano

Head to the C&C Milano stand to see its luxurious cashmere throws being woven by hand as part of its Interior Decoration & Craft event. San Patrignano Design Lab will be demonstrating the traditional Italian weaving technique (above) used in the creation of throws and outdoor rugs. There will also be a special guest from Japanese silk manufacturer Moonshine Material, who will demonstrate three different approaches to the creation of  fine quality silk. Alongside these interactive events, C&C Milano will also present its new fabric range, which includes linen jacquards, a soft-furnish suede and raw silk inspired by the Mediterranean.


Despite celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Promemoria will be showing at the prestigious design fair for the first time. The brand will present some of its current furniture collections, including pieces from Bottega Ghianda (above), the brand specialising in artisanal solid wood objects and furniture that Promemoria acquired in 2015, and its lighting collections featuring its patented energy-saving Icosaedro lighting system. Most notable is the launch of the Indigo Tales collection, designed by Romeo Sozzi, which includes pieces such as the Iris chair, made from stained blue beech wood with a cushion upholstered in soft blue leather.

Scarlet Splendour

The Kolkata-based brand, founded by siblings Ashish Bajoria and Suman Kanodia, is known for its opulent and eclectic furniture, lighting and accessories collections, inspired by different cultures. Showing at Salone for the first time, Scarlet Splendour will present its newest collaborations: with Matteo Cibic, on a range inspired by the ancient Indian technique of bone and horn inlay; with Nika Zupanc, who uses a palette of pastels and metallics, as well as the likes of diamantine tabletops; and with London- based Artefatto Design Studio, whose Snow White collection is intended to blur the boundaries between art and design and features pieces such as fine sheepskin-covered chairs with golden frames.

Tai Ping

Luxury carpet and flooring manufacturer Tai Ping will be presenting its recent Reverence collection from Edward Fields for House of Tai Ping. Created in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist and furniture designer Fernando Mastrangelo, the range of rugs and carpets (above) is inspired by the contours of landscapes, from the travertine terraces in Yellowstone National Park to the salt flats of Utah. Using a mixture of materials, from blended silk to wool yarns, there is contrast in the texture and depth, and a beautiful ombre effect in a neutral colour palette.


Notable among Armani/Casa’s Salone presentation is its beautiful new Net side table. A testament to the precise craftsmanship that goes into all of its furniture collections, the table is formed by combining glossy transparent methacrylate cubes with solid Canaletto walnut cubes for a chequerboard effect. As well as its striking good looks, the table can act practically as a board for keen chess players.


Following on from the popular Curve Sofa that was launched in 2017, Donghia will launch the Curve Chair, a soft, sculptural and extremely comfortable piece suited to both traditional and contemporary settings. The popular Anziano chair (above), designed by John Hutton in 1989, will be joined by a bar and counter-height Anziano stool, with the same bent wood Klismos silhouette and architectural base that allows for stacking.