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The Designer Homeware From Salone Del Mobile 2018 We're Most Excited For

It’s April and in the home and design field, that can only mean one thing: Salone del Mobile, or Milan Design Week. Widely considered to be the most important international stage for designers to show their latest homeware collections, some 300,000 odd people flock to Milan annually for the event, which is in its 57th edition this year and takes place 17-22 April.

Every year, more and more fashion brands partake in the event and while we’ll be doing a separate post for the exhibits to look out for, here’s a round-up of the pieces you can purchase to deck out your pad:

Marni has become known and loved for its whimsical chairs and this year’s offerings at Salone del Mobile continues in that vein, with a theme of Las Veredas, which means small rural communities. The Italian house has continued to work with artisans from different regions of Colombia, but what’s different this time is the updating of age-old techniques and materials. Marni
For example, traditional baskets that have used willow stems for centuries have been modified to include brightly coloured plastic filaments for the first time. Marni
Women from the Santander region of Colombia hand process the raw material to create an organic textile, which is then used by Marni to block-print these beautiful totes. Marni
New this year: Marni’s celebrated chairs now feature, in certain models, a loom-woven effect – in other words, greater visual and tactile texture. Loewe
No surprises that Loewe continues to partake in Salone del Mobile – creative director J.W Anderson who is famed for his love of various artisanal crafts after all. This year the focus is on textile crafts, hence the various forms of tapestries and blankets.   Loewe
If it looks really exotic, it’s because craftsmen from Japan, India, Ecuador and Senegal were invited to work on this project, each contributing their own special techniques – for example, a handpainted silk tapestry from Japan featuring cranes. Loewe
There is also a small selection of totes and small leather goods that complement the collection that will be made available later in the year, so look out for it. Atelier Swarovski
For the uninitiated, Atelier Swarovski is the luxury arm of the crystal specialist, and they’ve been collaborating with titans of the product design/interiors world for homeware for a few years now, such as the late Zaha Hadid. This year’s crop of designer collaborators include architect John Pawson (above), Japanese design outfit Nendo, superstar product designer Patricia Urquiola. Atelier Swarovski x Nendo
Nendo offers a calming yet simultaneously quirky take on homeware – as expected of the veteran Japanese firm. Atelier Swarovski Core
What’s new however, is the debut of Atelier Swarovski’s own in-house homeware collection, called “Core”, that will be available later in the year – it features a range of small tableware items, such as geometric-shaped stationery, vases, trays and candles. Like this? Check out the poetic works of Ashley Yeo – the first Singaporean artist to make it to the Loewe Craft Prize finals, the new Singapore art spaces that aren’t your typical galleries and the best spots in Japan for cherry blossom viewing.