Best of Salone 2017: Part One

The people, places, and things that made an impression at Milan Design Week.

Surface is in Milan for this year’s Salone del Mobile and a packed schedule of related events. All week, we’ll be sorting through the new design work on view and posting the best.

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Hiroto Yoshizoe

Lexus Design Award

“Pixel,” a work created by Hiroto Yoshizoe with mentorship from Snarkitecture. The Japanese designer was the winner of this year’s Lexus Design Award.

Marcel Wanders


Marcel Wanders talks about Mooois hotel-themed presentation and introduces his design for a new LED.

Jaime Hayon


Jaime Hayon’s Stone Age Folk collection for Caesarstone at a press preview showcasing the collaboration on Monday morning.

Hayon’s aptly named Clown cabinet.

Paul Cocksedge

Friedman Benda in collaboration with Beatrice Trussardi.

A table by Paul Cocksedge made from concrete cylinders extracted from the floor of his to-be-demolished East London studio. The table is part of “Excavation: Evicted” a presentation of the designer’s work organized by Friedman Benda in collaboration with Beatrice Trussardi.

In the video above, Paul Cocksedge walks us through the exhibition.

Paola Navone

Abet Laminate

A scene at Paola Navone’s installation for Abet Laminate at La Triennale.

Studio Swine


Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine. The duo collaborated with COS on “New Spring,” an installation comprising an artificial tree the blossoms with smoke-filled bubbles. Pictured in the background, it’s situated inside Milan’s historic Cinema Arti.

Scholten & Baijings


A close-up of one of the three shades of fabric in Chromatography, a textile collection by Scholten & Baijings for Maharam. It’s on view as an installation at Herman Miller’s Milan showroom.

Tokujin Yoshioka


Part of a large-scale installation by Tokujin Yoshioka for LG. The project was commissioned by the South Korean electronics company to celebrate its 70th birthday.


Atelier Biagetti

Laura Baldassari and Alberto Biagetti with the former’s cardboard cutout.

A cardboard cutout of Atelier Biagetti’s Alberto Biagetti from “God,” the third and final installation in the Italian studio’s exhibition series on contemporary obsessions.

Read our interview with Baldassari and Biagetti.

Thats a wrap!

A scene from Monday night’s party celebrating Paola Navone’s new limited-edition watch design for Swatch. It was held in conjunction with the Milan launch of Tham ma da: The Adventurous Interiors of Paola Navone (Pointed Leaf Press) by Surface editor-in-chief Spencer Bailey.

Take a tour of Navone’s Milan home in this excerpt from the book.

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