Doing Salone del Mobile 2013 In Just One Hour
June 25, 2013 – Today the International Furnishings And Design Association (IFDA), New York Chapter, presented a trend report from Salone del Mobile [April 9-14, 2013] with design writer and style editor, Melissa Feldman. Feldman, a fourteen year veteran of the show, presented her authoritative highlights from the furniture and design mega show which occurs yearly in Milan, Italy. Ms. Feldman reports for The New York Times, New York Post, Page Six Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and is presently editing and writing a series of books for the International Interior Design Association called “What Clients Want”.
The presentation condensed Feldman’s several 10-12 hour long days at the show into one succinct hour long presentation. Ms. Feldman’s top choices: the lighting show, Euroluce, where she felt that Ingo Maurer and several Flos designers showed well. Trends focused on technology including: 3D printing, automotive techniques, plastic molding techniques, and LED lights. The big color trend – neon. Designer collaboration continues to be popular with top brands partnering with the likes of fashion mainstays: Marc Jacob, Issey Miyake, Comme des Garcons, Missoni, Marni, and Hermes; as well as iconic architects like Rem Koolhaas and Tadao Ando. Creative force and star-citect, Zaha Hadid had no less than seven new lines presented. Also continuing; manufacturers returning to their archives and reissuing select designs. Top textile trends: texture, including recycled leathers, shag everything, and a myriad of weaves from traditional to more offbeat options. Finally large exhibitions of Gae Aulenti, one of the few female Italian designers and Gio Ponti dominated the scene.
A kind thanks to Suite New York (419 Park Avenue South, 17th Floor @29th Street, New York, NY 10016) for hosting and supplying a “pick-a-chair” theme from the showroom to sit in as well as Italian themed drinks. A final thanks to Wendy Silverstein PR for organizing the event.