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WWD Scoop issue 03/24/2008

As usual, furniture collectors will have plenty to choose from at the 47th annual Salone del Mobile at Rho outside of Milan April 16 to 22. The fair’s more than 2,000 exhibitors will showcase wares that are bound to satisfy a range of tastes, from minimal to Baroque. Here, a preview of some of the most anticipated products and firms to watch.

Designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, the chair is made from a polyethylene block that is meant to evoke the chasms populated by make-believe mermaids and Greek sea gods. Available in black or white, it features sinuous folds and a hollow front.


The 18-inch Mini Bottle tables are made from baked clay and come in white, black or blue in opaque or glazed finishes. The company’s Bambi tables are light and versatile. With varying heights and lengths, they fuse form with function and are made from laser-cut metal sheets and work equally well as a desk, a sofa table or a piece of patio furniture.

Officina Alessi

Stefano Giovannoni and Rumiko Takeda continue to bank on eye-catching table accessories. The new line comprises salt and pepper sets, milk jugs, sugar bowls and sushi dishes made from materials like fine bone china or thermoplastic resin. The items come in exotic hues like mango, lime green and orange, and quirky shapes like goldfish, monkeys and birds of paradise.


Coming off the success of their Ghost and La Marie chairs, the company plans to present another transparent one, this time designed by Philippe Starck. Made with a single polycarbonate stamp, the chair comes in white, clear and black and can be personalized with a color strip on the back in violet, yellow, green or orange. “The liaison between Kartell and Philippe Starck is decades long, and together we’ve created a series of bestsellers that have modified the concept of design, including the use of transparent materials,” says Claudio Luti, chairman of Kartell. “I’m very proud of the result, because once again we managed to blend comfort, ergonomics and design.”

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Continuing to capitalize on its “My Life” motto, which prizes individuality in everyday life, the firm will showcase a sleek and comfortable chair designed by Paola Navone. “It’s about being in harmony with the world, being aware of what’s going on but at the same time identifying the right and personal style choice,” says Giovanni Anzani, Poliform’s chief executive officer. Meant to be an ironic name that evokes a ladybug, the Bug chair is soft-edged and comes in a variety of fruit saladlike colors.

B&B Italia

Streamlined and discreet, the Flat.C is equipped to house TVs and accessories, but caters to customers who would rather display tomes. The low-key, high-tech piece is designed by Antonio Citterio and features doors that slide both vertically and horizontally. It comes in a range of colors.