Among those making their mark is Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, who is collaborating with Kartell to create an installation at its Milan flagship store as a backdrop to a new series of furniture, The Invisibles. Yoshioka will also present his Memory chair for Moroso – a chair made from a recycled aluminium fabric that transforms its shape through use.
Fellow Italian manufacturer Bonaldo will showcase Afroditi Krassa’s new Icosi occasional table, which is produced by a single, varnished steel rod, replicated more than 20 times in two grids, and Knoll Studio will show its new collections by Jehs & Laub, Don Chadwick and Joseph Paul D’Urso, and reintroduce classics from Jens Risom, Alexander Girard and Maya Lin.
An ambitious range of collaborations will be laid on by Swarovski to promote its Elements material: the exhibition Swarovski Elements at Work brings together designers and manufacturers. Tomoko Azumi has designed Floe tables for La Palma, and other partnerships include Fanny Aronsen and Konstantin Grcic with Abet Laminati; Nendo, Sebastian Bergne and Francois Azambourg with Gaia & Gino; and Gitta Gschwendtner with Quinze & Milan.
From the UK, Established & Sons will present new designs, and Designersblock returns to the Zona Isola, exhibiting work from Henry Ellis Paul, Johan Lindsten and Emotion Lamps.
With parties and exhibitions to match the slew of launches, Milan is set for another sparkling year.