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Powers of 50

Powers of 50

Mutated Panels by Richard Meier with Italcementi and Styl-Comp Group.
Courtesy Respective Manufacturers

I Saloni, the annual orgy of furnishings, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. And along with the expected round-up of avant-garde teasers, sumptuous stunners, and thoughtfully recyclable ingenuities, there was a full spectrum of highly-sophisticated lighting designs that transformed LED solutions from dreary requisites to exciting options.

With over 2,500 exhibitors, every one of the 321,320 visitors who pile into the swoopy 2.2 million-square-foot exhibition hall—or track down the hundreds of other displays sequestered in fresco-flaking palazzi, chic courtyards, retooled factories, and drafty warehouses around the city—can find their own selection of favorites. We decided to spotlight a solid 50, basing our choice on our own quixotic standards: technical interest, elegance without fuss, knowing wit, and ecological smarts. We tore through the halls and pounded the pavement until our heels broke in hopes of bringing back some lasting winners.

Julie V. Iovine


Horse
by

Domus chair
by Ilmari Tapiovaara

Sfatto
by Francesco Binfarè

Pebble
by Benjamin Hubert

Kelvin LED Green
by Antonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen

Tide
by Zaha Hadid

Mutated Panels
Richard Meier with Italcementi and Styl-Comp Group

Etch
by

Tip Ton
by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

Fortepiano
by Rodolfo Dordoni

Veliero
by Franco Albini

Zartan
by Philippe Starck with Quitlet

Magis
With a seat made of hemp and legs from corn husks, this chair prototype is said to be still too fragile for use.
 

3M Sunlight Delivery System
by 3M Architectural Markets Department

A newly developed system that tracks, catches and delivers full spectrum daylight throughout interior spaces.
 

Landscape
by Jeffrey Bernett

B & B Italia
A classic chaise introduced with a rocking base, with Kvadrat coverings.
 

Besides
by Massimilliano Adami

Refin Studio
Porcelain stoneware tile with structural interest and material texture.
 

Magic Hole
by Philippe Starck with Eugeni Quitllet

Kartell
Made for outdoors and available as an armchair or two-seater with contrasting “pocket” colors.