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298 Chair by Michele de Lucchi for Cassina

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Italian architect Michele de Lucchi has designed the 298 chair, inspired by the folding director's chair for manufacturer Cassina. It was created as an homage to the Unicredit Pavilion - a large wooden structure currently being built in Milan and designed by Lucchi. 

Cassina is available locally from Matisse.

The Coloured Bubble by Alex de Witte

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Big Bubble Light is one of Alex de Witte’s most well-known works. Bold, audacious and inspired by blowing bubbles as a child, at this year's Milan Furniture Fair, de Witte unveiled the Coloured Bubble, much to the admiration of design lovers. 

Moooi's 2015 Collection

Anna Coe - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Famed Dutch brand Moooi are launching a large collection of products at the Salone del Mobile this week. The brand's co-founder and esteemed designer Marcel Wanders has created a number of new novelties - including the primary coloured Charles chair, the Power Nap sofa, a new development of the Container table, and Arion - a wooden rocking horse with unicorn head. 

Other pieces on display are Atelier Van Lieshout's Statistocrat floor lamp, Jonas Forsman's Shift dining chair and Studio Job's Paper wall lamp, to name but a few. 

The brand will showcase these new launches against a backdrop of large images by photographer Rahi Rezvani. 

Moooi is available locally from ECC.

The Department Store by Lee Broom

Anna Coe - Monday, April 13, 2015

This week in Milan, Lee Broom has transformed a street of disused shops into his very own department store where he will launch 20 new products. This will be the largest collection Broom has presented to date, incorporating furniture, lighting and home accessories. 

Included in the release is the Hanging Hoop chair that appears to be inspired by a gymnast's rings, made from two large brass rings complete with an upholstered seat; the Ring pendant lights, furthering this theme with two fluorescent hoops held in place by brass balls; and the Crescent lights, designed in the form of two half spheres offset to reveal a shiny brass surface. 

Lee Broom is available locally from ECC

Frank nightstand by Boca do Lobo

Anna Coe - Monday, April 13, 2015

In continuation of their Frank series of stacked drawers, Boca do Lobo have added a nightstand. The layering of the different materials - gold and copper leaf, lacquered veneer, glass and hand carved wood finished in mirror, results in a luxurious take on the standard bedside table, as well as serving as a substantial storage system. 

Boca do Lobo is available locally from ECC.

Glider sofa by Ron Arad for Moroso

Anna Coe - Friday, April 10, 2015

The final version in Ron Arad's Glider sofa series is set to be launched this week in Milan. With this design, the sofa is much smoother and plump compared to the last and appears to be inspired by the shape of a log, complete with tree rings on the end of the armrests. Glider will be presented in 'Blur', an ombre textile designed by Atelier Oi and Febrik. 

Moroso is available locally from Matisse.

Joco Stone table by Eoos for Walter Knoll

Anna Coe - Friday, April 10, 2015

This year Eoos' Joco table has had an update with the addition of a raw stone top. The heavy material seems to almost float atop the thing metal framework of the base. Joco Stone is available in two sizes in marble or onyx marble. 

Walter Knoll is available locally from Matisse.

Belleville Collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Franky March - Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Belleville collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra is to exhibit a lightweight dining set at Salone Del Mobile - designed with families in mind, ensuring versatility and durability for a variety of environments. Available in two materials according to use - polypropylene, ultrathin plywood suited for outdoors and upholstery and plywood suited domestic living environments. 

Vitra is available locally via Matisse.

Reaction Poetique Collection by Jaime Hayon for Cassina

Anna Coe - Friday, March 20, 2015

Jaime Hayon was inspired by the works of Le Corbusier for his new collection of wooden objects for Italian manufacturer Cassina. Titled Réaction Poétique, the series consists of four table centrepieces, a tray and two small side tables, all constructed from solid Ashwood stained black. 

Cassina is available locally from Matisse.

Patch Marble Tables by Note Design Studio and Norm Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, March 13, 2015

The result of a collaboration between Sweden's Note Design Studio and Danish firm Norm Architects, the mixed and matched marble top tables for Menu were inspired by a Milanese floor made from leftover marble. Patching together different varieties of the organic surface, the removable surfaces sit on slender powder-coated steel frames and can be stacked in different configurations. 

Menu is available locally from Simon James Design.