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Salone del Mobile, the furniture fair held during the Milan Design Week, is a high stakes game. For one week in early April, all design eyes turn toward Milan. Italians are not modest in their expectations for the 2,000 exhibitors at their 56-year-old fair: “Design is a condition in itself. Milan is its capital,” President of the Salone del Mobile Milano Claudio Luti has proclaimed With two new major collections pieces, in addition to their roster of hits, contemporary Spanish furniture manufacturer Viccarbe, certainly brought their ‘A’ game to this year’s fair. If your Spring Break plans didn’t happen to include a flight to Milan, here’s a little recap of their best.
Víctor Carrasco, the strategic director for Viccarbe, was about to board a plane when he became captivated by the shoes of a fellow passenger: They were a brilliant blue. Víctor was intrigued enough to strike up a conversation. The passenger just happened to be Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon. The two spent the flight deep in the conversation and by the time wheels had touched down, Víctor was determined to bring Jaime’s design sensibility into the Viccarbe family. The ALETA collection debuting this year at Salone del Mobile is the result those hours in the air.
Jaime’s seating collection is inspired by the movement of sharks. Yes, sharks. You’d expect nothing less of a blue shoes-wearing designer known for a playful approach to design. The chair’s curved details are intended to evoke the fins of a shark, and are designed to work equally well in both residential and commercial spaces.
Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni is also debuting his latest piece for Viccarbe in Milan. The Season collection sofa joins his bench, chair, and pouf to round out a suite of seating options. The sculptural piece is comprised of three modules, which allow for a variety of different configurations, all of which reflect both the lounge experience concept of Viccarbe and the innovative spirit of Lissoni.
In addition to the Lissoni and Hayon pieces, Viccarbe added wooden elements to some of their existing pieces for a warmer, cozier option perfect for any space, commercial or residential. Scroll below for a spin through our favorites from the Viccarbe booth. And, for more eye candy, see the full collection at Viccarbe and follow them on Instagram to see more.
The Burin, a side table, by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola is as sculptural as it is functional. The newest version offers a handle for easy portability.
Viccarbe strategic director Víctor Carrasco designed this chair, MAARTEN, to be reminiscent of classic ’70s design. (It comes in both swivel and fixed versions). At Salone, Viccarbe introduced a wooden base for the chair as well as wooden legs for the table, and a low height version of the table.
Víctor Carrasco’s MAARTEN table is minimalism at its finest.
An innovative chair, available in both fixed and rocking versions, designed by Japanese designer Tomoya Tabuchi for Viccarbe. NAGI means ‘calm water’ in Japanese and refers to the stillness of the water’s surface when it is undisturbed. The most recent addition to the collection is the new Nagi Low version and a version with soft upholstery.
Another Victor Carrasco design for Viccarbe, the Serra side tables are designed with a calibrated steel column lacquered in thermoset epoxy. The belt on the table top is as functional as it is attractive. Just pick up the table by the belt and move to wherever it’s needed. The newest additions include wooden table tops and bases.
Lievore Altherr Molina’s Sistema sofa system is completely customizable. The design breaks down the sofa into a variety of elements (seating, back resets, leg rests) that can be combined in any number of ways. This year, Viccarbe introduced a new soft version for residential use.
The snug back of WRAPP chair for Viccarbe by Marc Krusin is designed to perfectly envelope the sitter in a cocoon of comfort. The newest version include four wooden legs for a warmer look.
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