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On the Catwalk

For five days in April, the population of Milan, Italy, swelled by 20 percent, as over 270,000 people gathered from far and wide to see the offerings at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, aka the Milan Furniture Fair.

On the Catwalk

For five days in April, the population of Milan, Italy, swelled by 20 percent, as over 270,000 people gathered from far and wide to see the offerings at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, aka the Milan Furniture Fair.

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    Boboli table Cassina
    www.cassinausa.com
    Tabletops available in marble, glass, or wood
    Base is available as a central pedestal or trestle supports
    Base features aluminum ribbons, twisted vertically Ribbons are available in lacquer finish or chrome
    Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni

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    Antibodi Moroso www.moroso.it Stainless steel frame covered by lightly padded petals of fabric Reversible fabric combinations include leather and felt backed by wool fabric Cover can be applied with petals facing up or down Designed by Patricia Urquiola

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    Little Field of Flowers nanimarquina www.nanimarquina.es Finished area rugs; can be applied to vertical surfaces Flower- and leaf-shaped felt cutouts Available in red, green, or purple, in either 6.5 feet by 10 feet or 5.5 feet by 8 feet Designed by Studio Tord Boontje

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    Kubico Collection i4 Mariani www.i4marianiusa.com A variety of seating options and marble-, leather-, or glass-topped coff ee tables Armchair available on swivel pedestal base Removable foam cushions Over 50 leather and 200 fabric options Designed by Mauro Lipparini

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    Flake Woodnotes www.woodnotes.fi Flake elements are sixpointed, star-shaped cutouts made of Tyvek Pieces fit together with no glue or adhesive Completed panels can be used as drapery or room dividers Designed by Mia Cullen

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    Plissé LucePlan www.luceplanusa.com Suspension lamp Pleated shade can be extended from 23 inches to 63 inches via a special frame Takes seven 60-watt incandescent, halogen, or fluorescent lamps Dimmable wall controls Designed by Inga Sempé

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    20-06 collection Emeco www.emeco.net All-aluminum stacking chairs, armchairs, stools, bar tables, and standard tables available Constructed with 80 percent recycled content Multiple back and seat options Designed by Foster + Partners

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    Latva Covo www.covo.it Can be used individually as a coat rack or combined with others to create a room divider Steel branchshaped body Available in black, green, or white Designed by Mikko Laakkonen

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    Ivory Fontana Arte www.fontanaarte.it Wall-mounted light and shelf Structure finished with polished aluminum Top and bottom glass panels available in extra-clear or acid-etched finishes Power supply housed in base Uses fluorescent lamps Designed by Matteo Nunziati

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    Thalya Kartell www.kartell.it Polycarbonate side chair Available in clear; slated to be produced in translucent dyed polycarbonate in purple, yellow, green, and smoke A grid etched onto the back of the seat and backrest adds texture to the surface Designed by Patrick Jouin

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    Nebula Flos www.flos.com Suspended fixture Diecast aluminum body with blown glass cones Fixture requires either 100-watt incandescent or 75-watt halogen lamps Designed by Joris Laarman

For five days in April, the population of Milan, Italy, swelled by 20 percent, as over 270,000 people gathered from far and wide to see the offerings at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, aka the Milan Furniture Fair. Ensconced for the second year at the new fairgrounds—Fiera Milano at Rho, designed by Rome-based Massimiliano Fuksas—the show encompassed 24 football-field–sized halls under an undulating glass-and-steel canopy. Nearly 2,000 companies exhibited new furnishings and accessories in over 2.2 million square feet of space.

The new products featured the sleek lines and lush fabrics we have come to expect from modern European furniture, but another undeniable trend this year was the influence of nature. At every scale, images from land and sea were on display, be it in Edra's large lobby banquette that was formed by two sea stars on top of each other, with seats and armrests being defined by the various legs, or in nanimarquina's Little Field of Flowers area rug, which features freestanding small floral cutouts anchored to a mesh base. The organic was out in full force.

Also garnering a great deal of interest were the six out of 24 halls devoted to the Euroluce International Lighting Fair on display every two years, with this being the first year at the new fairgrounds. Attendance by both exhibiting companies and specifiers was markedly up, even after a record show in 2005. Euroluce showcases 463 manufacturers' new lighting fixtures, an increasing number of which are slated for application for UL listing, which would make them available in the United States. This year's exhibition focused on the relationship between man and light and featured lighting from all categories: indoor, outdoor, decorative, commercial, task, industrial, and theatrical, to name a few.

Not to be outdone, the historic city center of Milan served as a backdrop for a variety of lighting and art displays to celebrate the fair, from open houses at company showrooms, to outdoor parties and events, to weeklong lighting installations designed to catch the eye and intrigue the viewer to investigate new products and product options. On the following pages are just a few highlighted products on offer from companies at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and Euroluce that should be making their way to the U.S. market in the coming months.