Italian events Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone, together the largest furniture and interiors trade show in the world, have suffered some setbacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a cancellation in 2020 and several delays in 2021, it only resurfaced last September on a much reduced scale. This year, however, it finally came back strong, and a postponement to June from its usual April date allowed more attendees to participate. Among Fuorisalone’s many venues and a full roster of over 2,000 exhibitors at Salone del Mobile’s 60th anniversary celebration, Japan was well represented, as usual. On:Design features some product launches, installations and young designers that have caught the attention of international media.
At the Salone del Mobile at the Rho Fiera Milano exhibition and trade center, two major players in the woodworking industry launched new ranges involving top designers. Karimoku showcased pieces from Karimoku Case Study, its bespoke furniture collection, which is inspired by models originally designed for interior design projects. The exhibit included two updated versions of the dining chairs designed last year by architect Keiji Ashizawa for the Blue Bottle Coffee chain in Japan. For more comfort around the house, the new chairs’ rounded, slightly sloping backs are now carved out of solid wood and sports thin tube armrests, all matched with leather upholstery and textile upholstery from Danish company Kvadrat. .
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