Exhibitors at Milan Furniture Fair could have, but didn’t, play it safe, says Sara Manuelli

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Arad makes his annual appearance at the Gio Marconi gallery with new pieces of his paperwork collection and the shelving system SOS for Magis.

This year also sees the offerings of lighting fair Euroluce, a vast affair that consistently manages to unveil a few interesting products. Flos is launching two commercial lights, Pochette and All Light, both designed by Rodolfo Dordoni and On The Rocks by Antonio Citterio. In Via Tortona15, the exhibition De-lighted by Corian®, will show off work by James Irvine, Ross Lovegrove and Marc Newson. Each designer will create ‘mini architecture’ spaces and play with the characteristics of the Corian® material and their uses of light. Artemide will collaborate with Irvine while Luceplan will join forces with Lovegrove.

The Brits are, as always, out in force. Dixon makes a welcome return with his own company exhibiting four new products and new material groups, the Mirror Ball light, the Stone Table and Stool, the Enamel Living Surfaces seating units and the tableware Eco Ware.

Manufacturer SCP launches three new sofa systems by an excellent trio of long-term collaborators, Terence Woodgate, Matthew Hilton and Michael Sodeau. Although cynics may wonder about the need for yet another composite sofa system, the whole point about the fair is to enjoy and indulge in endless variations. Pearson Lloyd finally see its Westminster street furniture system going into production with Artemide and is launching two new lamps with Classicon.

The Design Museum and the British Council are also jumping on the Milan bandwagon with an exhibition of four British designers, Mathias Bengtsson, Tord Boontje, Daniel Brown and Sam Buxton, at Paul Smith’s new Italian’s headquarters in Viale Umbria 95. New and old work will be on display.

The Milan Furniture Fair runs from 9-14 April. For more information visit www.isaloni.it

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