After a whirlwind Milanese tour, Design Folio Incubator Award Winner Tim Webber has his feet firmly back on our shores after visiting the largest design fair in the world - the Salone del Mobile in Milan alongside Design Folio's Editor-in-chief Claire Sullivan. We asked him to round up the favourite pieces he encountered whilst in the city of design for us.
1. Rui Alves - Woodpecker
Displaying at the Salone Satellite Exhibition, Alves had a great new modular
stand system where the user can attach different components, which have
different uses, to create their own somewhat custom piece of furniture. His
elegant, considered and well crafted use of wood suits just perfectly.
2. Cecilie Manz for Fritz Hansen
The Minuscule chair is a beautifully
crafted sophisticated object where its finer details set it apart. Features like
the hand stitched leather edging which follows the contours of the shell, helps
create a unique, clean aesthetic. The mix of the handmade elements and the
industrial production process of the legs and shell is a nice contrast in a
3. 3000 Njord by Kusch + Co
I love the warmth and feel of this mix of materials of wood and pressed felt.
It was great to sit in as well, super comfortable especially with a bit of flex
in the felt. The chair's detail and workmanship in both the frame and the
pressing of the felt showed how much of a well resolved piece of furniture it
4. Cyclops light and Woofers by Sander Mulder
Above: Woofers' speakers
I was really impressed with the finish and quality of the whole range of Sander
Mulder design studio. It was evident when seeing these products in the flesh
how refined and considered every detail is. The Cyclops light was a highlight
for me as an innovative and clever design, which is incredibly well made. The
user pulls the light down in the middle to switch it off and straightens it out
again to flick it back on. Attention to detail on this light is second to none
and very impressive from a relatively small studio. I loved the ‘Woofers’ speakers too as a whimsical, sculptural object…and the
intentional pun name just tops it off! I'll take 2 thanks.
Norguet: Kobi Chair for Alias
I’m a bit partial to a
good wood and metal mix, so the Kobi chair caught my eye straight away. It was
interesting to find out that the legs are in fact aluminium, but covered in an
oak veneer. I found the steel basket seat structure produced a 3D vector map aesthetic
which contrasted nicely against the solid, clean lines of the aluminium frame
and legs. The block colour and the padded options looked stunning too!