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


Domus chair
by Ilmari Tapiovaara

by Francesco Binfarè

by Benjamin Hubert

Kelvin LED Green
by Antonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen

by Zaha Hadid

Mutated Panels
Richard Meier with Italcementi and Styl-Comp Group


Tip Ton
by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

by Rodolfo Dordoni

by Franco Albini

by Philippe Starck with Quitlet

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.

by Jeffrey Bernett

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

by Massimilliano Adami

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

Magic Hole
by Philippe Starck with Eugeni Quitllet

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