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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.