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Best Booth Designs at Salone 2013

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As you may have noticed, Dwell is in Milan this week to scout for new furniture, accessories, and lighting at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and the various satellite fairs around town. It's a veritable circus of design: Last year, over 330,000 visitors ascended on the fairground at Rho, and the experience comprises way more than a sofa here or lamp there. Companies spend years developing the products and prototypes they unveil in Milan, and just as much thought goes into the exhibition design. Designers like Luca Nicchetto (remember that name; you'll be hearing it a lot more!) and Konstantin Grcic introduce a handful of products each year, and booths to boot. Take a look at some of our favorites.

Konstantin Grcic for Magis: very much in line with Grcic's industrial, rational ethos, most of the booth's materials...
Arper's pale wood and translucent scrim arrangement was designed by the company's branding agency, the New York graphic...
Luca Nicchetto's booth design for FontanaArte: The exterior shell is plastic, embossed with lamp silhouettes, while the...
Michael Anastassiades booth in Euroluce.
A massive, neon green Cat's Cradle in the Lasvit booth sets off the blown glass lighting to spectacular effect.
Casamania was another color-themed booth; this one is less about the surrounding architecture than the arrangement of...
Flos was a major attraction at Euroluce.
Vecchetti's exuberantly colored plastic sheeting (and upholstery to match) was a bright pick-me-up at the end of a long...
Bonus round: Though we weren't crazy about any of the individual lighting on display in this booth, points for the bold...
Bonus round two: Fritz Hansen's showroom in Brera is showing the new Ro chair by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon.
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