An unrivaled passion for furniture design returned to Milan this year at Supersalone, a special edition of the 60-year-old Salone del Mobile.Milano. The annual event, also referred to as the Milan Furniture Fair, is typically held in April but had been on pandemic-induced hiatus for the last two-and-a-half years.
Supersalone, a temporary name to capture the spirit of the mid-season catch-up event, was a scaled down (about one-fourth of its normal size) but still vibrant celebration of design from 425 brands, 170 design students, with more than 60,000 attendees from 113 countries.
The event was the first for new president Maria Porro, who took over for Claudio Luti, CEO of Kartell. “Just leaving an empty space would have been a mistake. I think we have been courageous and brave. We made a miracle,” Maria said about producing the show on a condensed timeframe and with strict Covid protocols.
Supersalone was curated by architect Stefano Beori, best known for his urban forestry projects and the Vertical Forest building in Milan. He designed clever ways to incorporate trees throughout the fair grounds that could later be replanted. The show booths and public spaces were all constructed with limited materials (no glue, paint, carpet, or finishes) for easy reuse and recycling after the show.
The full Salone del Mobile.Milano returns to Milan April 5, 2022.
Our in-depth recap of the best of Supersalone design will be published in Sixtysix 07 (subscribe today) available next month.