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Furniture on the move
5/11/2012

We don’t know if it has something to do with global warming or the longing for nature in our mechanized society, but this year the Salone del Mobile showed its green side and allowed for a true merger of interior and exterior. Whereby, at first glance it was more the decoration than the products themselves that highlighted this phenomenon.

Walking through the trade fair halls, many of the stands were cheerfully greened with plants. Large terracotta pots boasting meter-high plants usually found outdoors adorned living rooms; entire walls were made using palm trees, and hanging flower baskets decorated bedrooms and dining rooms alike.

One often only noticed the actual products on the second glance: At first it looks like a seating group for the living room, and only after taking a closer look do you notice that the lavish pillows and wide cushions are in fact made of a weatherproof material, specifically designed for outdoor use. The addition of a thermal coating transforms wooden chairs into garden furniture and classic interior accessories such as side tables and stools are also available in a weather-resistant version. Nature is moving into the living space and furniture is moving outside. est

Green, everywhere you look: Poliform trade fair stand, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Green, everywhere you look: Poliform trade fair stand, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
“Gray” by Paola Navone for Gervasoni, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
“Helsinki” Kitchen-Office Counter by Desalto, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Sofa “Stave” by Piero Lissoni for Pierantonio Bonacina, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Vertical garden at Pierantonio Bonacina’s trade fair stand, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Shady foliage at Roda, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Flowers at Arflex, photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
Rug “Vieques” by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Looking through the greenery into the “Austrian Design” exhibition at La Pelota in Milan, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark -
Plants take over the living room: Cassina trade fair stand, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Planting pots on the trade fair stand of Ligne Roset, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Green house at Gervasoni’s trade fair stand, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Hedge at Porro’s trade fair stand, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Photographic wallpaper with motifs from nature at Gandia Blasco, photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
Swinging as though in the great outdoors at Dedon, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Cactuses at B&B Italia, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
“Medici” by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark

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