Metropolis’s 7 Top Picks from Salone del Mobile

There was no shortage of beautiful and cutting-edge design at this year’s Salone del Mobile, which just concluded in Milan.

Salone del Mobile 2018 top picks
This new collection of furniture and lighting from the New York–based studio Apparatus attempts to reconcile personal history, cultural memory, and contemporary form. Titled Act III, its five pieces were conceptualized by Apparatus creative director Gabriel Hendifar, a first-generation American from an Iranian family. Growing up, Hendifar’s experience of Iranian culture was limited to the ephemeral media of food, storytelling, and music. With Act III, Hendifar creates something new and concrete from history and memory, referencing Iranian cultural regalia like Berber jewelry and the Tombak drum. Courtesy Paola Pansini

For nearly a week each April, Milan becomes the center of the design universe as 343,000 architects, designers, journalists, sales reps, and enthusiasts descend upon the city for Fuorisalone, also known as Milan Design Week. While the vast majority of these visitors roam the vast acreage of display booths at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, the rest of the city has its share of installations popping up in cafes, bars, showrooms, stores—even the street.

While you’d be hard-pressed to visit all of the promising events happening during Fuorisalone, here’s what kept Metropolis editors busy—and inspired—at this year’s events, which wrapped on the 22nd.

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