Salone del Mobile 2017 | Workplace

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The third part of the Salone del Mobile posts is ready for your eyes at last! And this time it’s all about workplaces! It was a special section this year with Euroluce. As in our studio we have a lot of projects about office renovations imagine our enthusiasm when we found it out…It was very very interesting and we left with a lot of extra knowledge, company contacts and inspiration.
The sad thing is that in Greece now it’s quite difficult to apply or even propose(!) that avant-garde of technology but even though it’s more than good to know all these stuff.

So, at the first group of photos I have 2 big companies, Fantoni and La Palma, that impressed as a lot. With Vitra (that I missed to take photos unfortunately) had the most minimal and with elegance design without leaving out the technology and funcionality. I saw desks that you can load your preferences (from high, chair settings, lighting brightness, temperature and I don’t remember what else!) and customize them as you like, so when you change working place you can load all of them to another desk and feel like yours immediately!
Also, there is a photo from the installation A Joyful sense at work. Its purpose  is to breathe new life into the theory of office and workplace design by setting its sights squarely on people, in terms of their needs, emotions and experiences.
According to it, the workplace of the future will be adaptive, unfinished, vibrant and evolutionary, tailored to reality and capable of accommodating the comings and goings and needs of the workers and the way in which they use it. It will be smart, fast-paced, flexible, evolutionary and contemporary: human beings will be the key focus in a fast-changing environment. It will be happy, nourishing, fertile and sustainable – both environmentally and ethically, in terms of respect for people’s feelings, history, culture, diversity and rights.

Continuing with seating! In this area you can have countless choices…our favorite is Quinti and arper, with which we collaborate already and we are super happy. We love them and you can see why! Also, Andreu World had a very interesting booth design. I loved the velvet fabrics of Quinti, and even more in these dark colors, and the minimal design and elegance of arper.

We saw a lot of interesting alternatives of beautiful and contemporary workstations and shared break areas. Workplaces are cooler than ever! Some of the companies I distinguished were True, Estel, Nowy Styl Group. Sound absorbing separators, cable management, technologies, flexible break areas, organisation of working surface are some of the features that made you wanna work there! (Give me some work to do!…ok almost…)

Another characteristic was greenery! As a decorative element or as a recycling result on furniture and surfaces. As people spend more and more time at offices it’s necessary to bring nature inside and go on board with a more earth friendly style. Also I noticed a trend to offer workplaces beyond the ordinary, always have something to intrigue your imagination. Officine Tamborino, Sesta are two of them.

Last but not least, 3 companies that caught my attention: Montana, Florim and Unifor. For their design, for their products and their booths. Montana had a retro feeling and something that an architect could relate I think. Florim had a very interesting booth, with impressive xlarge surfaces that could cover anything. And very nice decoration with their materials as stationery. Unifor, on the other hand was something else. Their booth almost confusing, but with cool neon phrases on top of the walls and very very impressive tables. Super minimal workstations, desks and meeting tables with the minimum leg support, so that you couldn’t stay untouched.

I’m not sure anyone on this blog would be interested in workplaces but I thought it was mind opening to be there so I wanted to present them all to you! And, of course there were so many more companies that had a lot to say but here we have just a glimpse of the whole of it! Salone del Mobile was a huge experience in general and I hope I can make it again in the future, I hope you enjoyed these posts!

For more Salone del Mobile check the previous posts here and here

All photos taken by me and Ira Papadaki

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Salone del Mobile 2017 | Euroluce

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‘Arrangements’ by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

The second big sector of Salone del Mobile this year was Euroluce. To tell you the truth I didn’t believe I’d be so impressed! To begin with, I saw Michael Anastassiades’ creations by my own eyes…only this could be enough. Except him though, the whole visit at Euroluce was a big experience! I felt deeply inside that lighting can be a piece of art and  really move you.

Some pavilions were very imposing, with the best of all (I could say best of all at the Salone) the pavilion of Flos. Words can’t describe how amazing it was. At first, it covered a whole block, roughly 10,000-square-foot, it had 2 floors (2nd only for vip members), with its perimeter closed, leaving only some narrow slots to have a sneak peak and raise your curiosity…and the texture of the facade was folding here and there like a concrete cloth. Beautiful! An architecture work only by itself.
So you entered the pavilion from one point and started a root very well organized, like you were in a museum. Starting from the exterior lighting fixtures, with greenery everywhere, like you were in a garden at night and continuing with several rooms that in every each of them you had something magical to discover.

Below you can see some of the creations of Michael Anastassiades that impressed me the most. He uncovered there his new collection of “arrangements”, a modular system of geometric light elements that could be combined in different ways, creating multiple compositions as individual chandeliers. Each unit simply attaches onto the previous one as if resting, balancing perfectly as part of a glowing chain’, explains the designer. I was totally fascinated by them! Check more about this series here.

At the following group of photos you can see some really interesting creations like Philippe Starck’s, in a room full of mirrors and lighting elliptical frames to create an eternal inception environment, in the name “Plus Belle”. You can see me and my friend P. posing in some of them, it was our hobby there! Other designers are Formafantasma, mobile chandeliers by M.Anastassiades in his own booth and some of the exterior lighting environment from which I don’t remember the designers.

Overcoming the sock by Flos, we continue with another apocalypse, the booth of Vibia. Beautiful design of the booth itself, beautiful lighting creations! I loved almost everything there, unfortunately it was very crowded when we visited it that I have only few photos to present. The hanging lighting spheres in combination with greenery was just amazing!

On the next group of photos I have some of Foscarini with the really impressive set up of their booth, a very cool interactive lighting system that you could change the brightness by moving your hand-not touching, unfortunately I don’t remember the designer, and [sygns] with neon installations.

You thought you’ve seen enough? Not yet!!! Below I have another apocalypse that amazed me at Euroluce: Davide Groppi. His linear creations were just fantastic! So minimal, almost imperceptible, presented the essence of light.
Also, I have some shots from Kundalini‘s booth that I liked a lot, and from Servomuto‘s booth that was very very interesting. If you want check them here, here and here.

Continuing, I have various shots by several big names such as Artemide, Panzeri, Louis Poulsen and more.

To sum up, I could say that minimal design, linear and discreet yet with such and intensity, making a big impression, the trends in lighting world got me full on board!

If you want more of the Salone del Mobile expo check the other post I’ve made here!

All photos by me and Ira Papadaki

Salone del Mobile 2017 | Only few of what I saw

So, I went to Salone del Mobile in Milan and it was fantastic!!! We were all the girls and the senior architect of the studio where I work occasionally. It was an spontaneous decision that went really good…imagine 6 girls crazy in Milan! It was our first time and personally I still haven’t absorb all the information… It was a huge experience for sure! We spent 2 days only at the Salone and 1,5 day in Milan but it was enough to shake us 🙂
At first the exhibition is huge…..you walk and walk and walk and you never have enough! And have in mind, in all that walking you carry so much weight of the catalogues, proper exercise!
We were so thrilled to be there and see for the first time all these big brands, touch the surfaces, sit at the couches (which it was necessary to rest our feet from time to time!) see the forefront of the interior design in general. Other than that the pavilion’s design was equally interesting or even more sometimes. Our cameras were on fire and our shoulders ended up dead!

At the first group of photos you can see some branding signs that impressed me as an exhibit and what could start better this post by some big brands themselves!

As you can see on the top group of pictures, the people visiting the Fiera were countless! If you have agoraphobia it’s not the place for you. Outside on every corner people were sitting and resting, like us above talking about what you’ve seen until that time! Of course the same situation were happening inside, at every pavilion, especially on big ones where you should be an acrobat to take a photo!

I should warn you that this post is quite big, I couldn’t make it smaller, although I tried!  This year Salone, except Furniture, had the Euroluce and Workplace section that will follow in another post. So, be patient!

At the next group of photos you can see some spare views, mostly about outdoor design. I really liked the way to depict a pool at Dedon, of course Patricia Urquiola was everywhere something special and my favorite pavilion of all: the one of De Padova! You could go there just to relax from all the fuss, so zen and calm.

Usually, what attracts you the most is the feeling that each pavilion brings you on and not their products. The way they designed them and what tricks they used to show the philosophy of the company. One cool technology trick was at Zanotta’s pavilion where led walls were showing people moving like if they were real users in life. Check it below.

Unfortunately I’m showing you here only the photos that were ok, without a lot of crowd but believe me there were so many more amazing stuff!!

Living room design had it’s honor of course, huge spaces with large sofas, coffee table synthesis and decorations to make you drooling! I should notice that the mid-century style, marble, brass and of course high quality wood are still at the first line. And the master of all: tropical decor…palm trees, any trees, greenery everywhere! At some places you thought you were in the jungle.

Luxury living, as you may notice, especially when it was about dressing rooms or boudoir and bar furniture. The detail of the design, the finesse and material quality that were used was incredible. Also, I think everybody would want these benefits at their home, don’t you!?

On the next group of photos I have some pictures by Thonet, Vitra and Rimadesio’s pavilions. Only some sneak peaks to feel the concept. Especially at Rimadesio the crowd was unbelievable, I was lucky to take even these detail photos!

Object’s design and decorative vases were also something to admire, check these Egyptian style pots, I loved them! And if I should point out one designer that had his moment in Milan this year should be Jaime Hayon. He was everywhere and I loved him.

And I shouldn’t miss the 2 glass companies that impressed me a lot: Glass Italia and Fiam! Taking glass material in another level.

Next you can see 2 big companies I already loved but now even more: Bonaldo and Baxter. Notably, Baxter’s pavilion was very imposing, exotic yet luxurious environment, low lighted and beautiful textures. I spent some minutes laying at the most comfortable sofa there!

Another element that stood out at these interior environments were lighting fixtures! Besides Euroluce, among all the furniture etc. lighting is very important and at some examples I was more fascinated by them. So, here is a small collection to see what I’m talking about…

Libraries and shelving units couldn’t be missing from this post! Only by the best. Words are needless…

As every single detail was studied and everything had a role, I should notice that decorative synthesis were pieces of art! Sometimes they used just material schemes to decorate a wall or table and it was admirable. Because what is more beautiful than a circle of marble?

Last but not least, the people! Except from being innumerable they offered sometimes some really good snapshots! Of using the furniture, or examining and photo shooting them and posing on them. Of course I was one of them (last photo) 🙂

More of the photos are mine and some of my friend’s Ira Papadaki.