Dwell is in Milan this week, reporting on the furniture industry's biggest design fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Today we hit the ground running, and noticed quite a few storage pieces we'd like to call our own. Some have innovative operating mechanisms, and others luxe materials—either way, we're inspired to start shelving things, from books to DVD players.
Normann-Copenhagen's new storage system Kabino works as a media cabinet (since a remote control can work through the perforated facade) or a tall stacked cabinet (if you take off the legs it works together in a modular fashion). The piece was designed by the company's in-house designer Simon Legald, who only graduated from design school in 2012!
Cassina, part of the Poltrona Frau Group, had one of the moodiest, gorgeous, evocative booths around. This series of wall shelving (accented by raw cut wood) adds to the feeling.
Danish company Onecollection holds the license to Finn Juhl's fantastic mid-century furniture, and they've just released his panel system (which you can see in person at his home, now a museum).
Kartell unveiled a bathroom collection in collaboration with Laufen, designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. The whole shebang is on view at Kartell's Brera showroom, but these plastic, stackable shelving units called "Sound Rack" were a standout at the Kartell booth.
Karl Andersson & Söner is a fourth-generation wood furniture manufacturer that has been operating in southern Sweden since 1898. The entire booth is chock full of great storage options, from the mint green Level shelf by Lina Nordqvist to the wall-mounted Ridä units.
Albed's very chic closet systems put regular old coat hangers to shame.
One of the many cheerful novelties in Valsecchi 1918's booth is the towering modular shelving unit shown here. For closed storage, we recommend the company's Terrace chest, designed by up-and-comer, Emiliana Design Studio.
Magis is introducing a ton of new furniture for 2013, including some companions to Konstantin Grcic's past work, like the Tom & Jerry bookshelf in the back.
Germany's Richard Lampert has great storage and shelving options in spades.
45°/vetrina units, a part of Ron Gila's Grado° collection for Molteni & C.