Welcome to the 53rd Salone Internazionale del Mobile, where all things good, bad and ugly about design congregated last week. More than 2,400 manufacturers, designers, organizations and others take part officially. Stores in the city are rented out by participants for a king’s ransom (the storeowners actually move out completely for two weeks). The exhibitors put up shows or create mini-salons in the hotels. At this stage there is not a hotel room to be had in Milan.
At first, when the ceramic previews for the show began to roll in, CFile had some reservations about this year’s editions. One is reminded that much of what is shown there is bottom-feeder design or kitsch. After reflection about the show, we’re not convinced that these works are proof of God’s existence, but it’s solid stuff nevertheless. Here is the first of several posts surveying the state of art in ceramic design. Descriptions of the various projects are included below in the captions.
Above image: The Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
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