Italy’s Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone events, together the world’s largest furniture and home decor show, have suffered some setbacks since the onset 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 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 added comfort around the home, the new chairs’ rounded, gently sloping backs are now carved from solid wood and sports thin pipe armrests, all matched with leather upholstery and textile upholstery from Danish company Kvadrat. .
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