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Mandarina Duck Salone del Mobile: highlights

Furniture fans rejoice: Milan’s notable annual design fair, the Salone del Mobile, is upon us again. Across the North Italian city the international home furnishing sector congregates to show their innovative, practical or simply beautiful products – three characteristics that are unmistakably a core part of Mandarina Duck’s DNA.

So what is worth seeking out this year? Contemporary design is no easy industry to navigate, with more and more agencies and designers claiming their rightful place on the scene.

Here, we shine a light on today’s Dutch and Belgian design stars, hailing from a region that is better represented than ever at the fair this edition.

In the chair “Moooi” cleverly combines the Dutch painter Mondrian’s colourblocking concept with a minimal chair design.

Studio Job is an artistic couple-collaboration that has seen its objects exposed around the world. This updated old-fashioned garden chair combo was designed for the Italian brand Seletti, to a kitchy/romantic effect, using a literal garden pattern instead of the more abstract 18th century swirls.

DIFT is a creative, branding and experience agency that organizes  ‘A Belgian Village’ at Salone del Mobile this year there’s furniture to be admired but also great Belgian food! It’s located in a 500 square metres garden in the Ventura Lambrate district, where there is a steel outdoor installation, designed by Filip Janssen, named Jointed Cube.

Per maggiori informazioni sulla fiera, visita: http://salonemilano.it//

An exhibit at the Accademia di Brera displays the works of the last ten winners of the Designer of the Year award (Marina Bautier, Jean-François D’Or, Alain Gilles e il suo Buzz Design, Nathalie Dewez, Bram Boo, l Nedda El-Asmar da Anversa, Stefan Shöning, Sylvain Willez and Alain Berteau), and announces the winner of this year’s award, Muller Van Severen studio (Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen). As usual, the Salone Satellite will show the six young finalists’ pieces, which were selected by a jury of experts.