Design's biggest week of the year arrives next week, as hundreds of thousands gather at Salone del Mobile 2016, also known as Milan Design Week, to see what's next in furniture, lighting, interiors, and more. This year, there will be some remixing of icons (such as fashion designer Paul Smith's psychedelic rendition of the cactus coat rack), launching of entirely new brands (like the plastics furniture brand Qeeboo), plus a bit of brand extension (home goods by Swarovski, anyone?). Here's a closer look at what you can expect from the world's largest furniture fair.
Mindcraft16, an exhibition of Danish design curated by Copenhagen studio GamFratesi, will include these plexiglas lamps (inspired by Scotland's west coast and early Star Wars films) by Danish designer Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt. (via Clerici 10)
Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni will launch Qeeboo, a new online brand focused on affordable, high-quality plastic furniture and decor. The debut line includes 25 objects from half a dozen well-known designers.
British designer Tom Dixon collaborates with quartz manufacturer Caesarstone on The Restaurant, a presentation of four conceptual kitchens inspired by the four elements. The designer will also unveil a five-part collection of lighting and furniture inspired by raw materials. (Rotonda della Besana (MUBA) via Enrico Besana 12)
The debut decor collection from Atelier Swarovski features trays, containers, and well, "artful" (and very sparkly) objects for the home. (via Cusani 5)
British fashion designer Paul Smith remixes the iconic '70s cactus-shaped coat stand by Italian furniture company Gufram. This psychedelic version will be available in a limited edition of 169. (via Alessandro Manzoni 30)
New contemporary porcelain brand 2016/, a project based in Japan's famed Arita porcelain region in Saga Prefecture, is debuting a full range of pottery collections, featuring 300 pieces developed through a collaboration with 16 international designers. (via delle Erbe 2, Milan)
Marking a 25-year collaboration with ClassiCon, designer Konstantin Grcic creates a monochromatic series of his folded sheet metal designs. (Spotti Milano Viale Piave, 27 )
Prolific Japanese studio Nendo creates an I-beam- inspired rocking horse for Italian brand Kartell (and a swaying table for Marsotto Ediszioni, and manga-inspired chairs for Friedman Benda, among others).
Scandi brand Hem will show the "Last Stool Splatter" by British designer Max Lamb in a Brera installation centered around the idea of an ice cream social. (H+ Accapiu´, via Varese 12)
Stellar Works will debut Valet, a collection of everyday furniture developed in collaboration with American architect David Rockwell. (The Arcade, via San Gregorio 43)
New York City-based design studio Apparatus will unveil two lighting series that highlight the interplay between movement, shape, and materials.
Noted English designer Jasper Morrison and Japanese designer Naoto Fukusawa will show a collection of wood and steel chairs, created for Maruni Wood Industry. (Rho Fiera Main Venue, Hall 16, Stand F32)
See new furniture and homewares from Norwegian designers at the Structure exhibition, including this sofa by Sara Polmar. (via Ventura 6)
Now in its seventh year, Wallpaper Handmade will celebrate craftsmanship with an exhibit of objects, furniture, accessories and more, designed around 2016's theme: hostelry and world travel.
This is of course just a snippet of what's on offer. Curbed is scoping it all out in Milan next week, so be sure to watch our Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (username: curbed.com) feeds for the latest coverage.
We'll be sharing the best of what we saw there after the event wraps as well. Stay tuned!