Collection by Amanda Dameron

Milan, 2010: Day Two


On our second day in Milan, we gathered our wits and plunged headfirst into Salone Internazionale del Mobile—the largest furniture fair in the world. Held at the Fiera Milano, the fair is packed to the gills with bustling people, pulsating music, and, of course, rows upon rows of exhibitors from all over the world. Sam, Jordan and I adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy, and went our separate directions for the day. I headed over to Salone Satellite, a separate exhibition space in which over 700 young up-and-coming designers display their prototypes, hoping to be discovered. With so many pieces, and so little time, I was only able to explore a small portion of the show. Nevertheless, I thought I'd share a few of the items that stopped me in my tracks.

Check out the slideshow to see examples of new designs, many of which debuting for the first time, at Salone Satellite.

A huge chalkboard marks the entrance to Salone Satellite.
Pasadena–based designer Cory Grosser conceived the installation, which is entitled Tell Me Your Dreams.
One of the first booths to catch my eye was that of Guadalajara–based firm Peca.
A pair of attendees take a rest on Italian designer Paolo Ulian's Row bench.
Both Jordan and I were struck by the warm and textured beauty of this collection by Serbian designer Ana Kraš.
A shot of the Salone Satellite floor.
Another public installation, this one created by Japanese design firm Tonerico:Inc, featured a sea of 49 bentwood...
Meet Rolf, an OSB (oriented strand board) chair by Malmö–based industrial designer Maria Gustavsson of Swedish Ninja.
Chinese designer Junjie Zhang crafted this delightful chandelier of feathers, called Bloom, for Innovo.
The Eskimo Cabinet and Chair, by Swedish designer Sigrid Strömgren.
Local Milanese firm A/R Studio created this series of lamps called Firefly.
I saw a couple people gleefully testing the swaying motion of the Rockaround, a bamboo stool by New Zealand designer...
Design blog afficianados will recognize this bentwood-and-metal stool by Italian designer Giorgio Biscaro.
I loved the sweet pastel hues of Swing, a bent-metal fixture by Japanese designer Atsushi Fujii of Monochro Design...

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