Fresh from Milan, our interior design team have selected their highlights from the 54th edition of Salone del Mobile. With 310,840 visitors and over 2000 exhibitors, the international furniture is the World's premier design event.

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The use of natural materials continues to feature among the majority of brands exhibiting this year. Leather, marble and wood combinations were skillfully presented by brands such as Flexform, Flou, Poliform and Giellesse. Marble is crafted into soft shapes for side tables, leather is woven into textured ottomans and wood is scupltured into beautiful forms. Our first highlight is Giellesse's introduction of marble tables and glass finishes to an impressive 2015 collection. New dark veneers sit alongside soft burnished door frames for libraries and wardrobes.


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Euroluce is the bi-annual lighting design event showcasing contemporary architectural lighting to ornate chandeliers from the world's old glass company. The advancement in technology and European laws on efficiency has driven companies to produce low-energy lighting that doesn't compromise the integrity of the light. The Foscarini stand displayed not only new lights, but exisiting iconic lights within the collection have now received the LED treatment - to great affect. We also saw Foscarini take their most popular lights and supersize them! Yet the second highlight was Vibia's installation of the Algorithm light. At a time where algorithms are driving programming, it's also creating beautiful lighting.


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Every evening there are a host of events happening to celebrate the year's achievements and the launch of new products. Flos - the Italian lighting brand - entertained guests at Corso Monforte for cocktails to present an exclusive preview of Jasper Morrison's new monograph A Book of Things and his latest creation for Flos, the Superloon. Other highlights included the opening of Novamobili's flagship showroom in Milan.


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Salone del Mobile isn't the only event happening during Milan Design Week. Events throughout the city are hosted in a variety of settings, from large scale industrial warehouses to underground car parks. Our fourth highlight had to be Ventura Lambrate. Students from around the work exhibit their work, including this featured piece by Simon Taylor and Andrew McDonald who celebrates bespoke British craftsmanship and cycling - a combination of both Modernist furniture and hand-built racing bicycles from the 1940s.



Abitalia South Coast is a leading interior architecture studio featuring contemporary furniture and lighting from leading brands. With extensive experience and industry knowledge, our design teams are passionate about quality design. Our commitment to design and the pursuit of excellence is fuelled in part by attending design events such as Milan. Our clients benefit from our vast portfolio of furniture, lighting and architectural elements that define true contemporary homes. The scale of our involvement is tailored to each client, from supply only to complete turn-key project oversight; from contemporary kitchens to iconic lighting. For more information about your project or to arrange an appointment please call 01202 618155 or email shop@abitaliasouthcoast.co.uk

The next Salone del Mobile will be 12 - 17 April 2016. We hope you can join us.