5 brands, 10 chairs—we pick out the best seats from Salone del Mobile 2019. Learn about the brands and their work as you pick your favourites
In this second feature from our Salone expedition, we focus on that significant furniture piece without which it’s impossible to do pretty much anything. The chairs here hit the highest notes of design and are vying for the throne of being the best seat in the house. Here’s the list of our favourites:
Surprise and delight - this is a brief Kartell follows year after year when presenting their new collections at Milan. This year, their 70th anniversary made it even more special. Kartell created a fresh burst of energy by launching its brand-new floral and spring themed fabrics in a range of patterns. We love the summery feel and lightness of material in the Clap and Foliage collection created by Patricia Urquiola. You can use it as a dining chair, study desk chair or simply place it in the verandah and enjoy your morning cuppa. If adding a dash of colour to your seating is your forte, then choose from the sorbet shades in the Philippe Starck-designed A.I. range.
Here is a brand that is trendy, inspiring and iconic. From the many wonderful styles that made their debut this year, we were wowed by the M’Afrique range of outdoor chairs. Launched in 2009, the collection celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. In keeping up with its tradition of attention-grabbing style, the ‘Shadowy’ armchair by Dutch designer Tord Boonjte, is an absolute delight. Another Moroso piece that had us excited was the Banjooli chair by designer Sebastien Herkner. Its curved design is inspired by the courtship dance of ostrich birds living in East Africa and borrows the brilliant colours of tropical birds. To continue this African inspiration is one more show-stopper - Imba, one of our favourites. The Imba collection, made in Dakar, has been designed by Federica Capitani and attempts to translate the warmth of handcrafted, unique artefacts into a collection that is at once comfortable and cool.
What caught our eye was the sleek and elegant ‘01’ chair designed by Shiro Kuramata. Simple, straight lines with lacquered iron tubes or polished chrome. Crisp, contemporary and very current. The other, equally impressive offering was the reincarnated ‘Newood’ relax lux chair by Alberto Brogliato and Federico Traverso of the design studio Brogliato Traverso, which was a redux of its previous avatar.
Missoni Home, an iconic brand which transcends fashion, decor and accessories, is known to display its unmistakable design language through creative installations, wonderful combination of print and pattern and a seamless amalgamation of colour and texture. This year, the brand showcased a composite collection of seating across sofas, armchairs, chaise lounges in breathtaking prints and hues. We found three fun models that can be a wonderful addition to your dining table, your kids’ room or even your home office space.
A brand known for its opulent aesthetic and the ability to combine lavish design with exquisite workmanship, Visionnaire’s showcase at the fest was a winner, particularly its ‘Camden’ armchair, a perfect example of luxury and style. As always, the brand left us impressed.