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Salone del Mobile, Milano 2023: The Newest Seating Options

On April 23rd, Milan’s prestigious Salone del Mobile, one of the largest exhibitions of designer furniture in the world, came to a close. Many brands participated in the exhibition to confirm the quality of their products and assert their high status in the market. Most of them collaborate with our store, VIZZZIO, which is why we decided to devote some articles to reviewing the novelties presented in Milan.

Chairs and armchairs are not as grandiose pieces of furniture as a sofa or a table. However, this does not detract from our attention to them or make our choices any less thoughtful. Rather, on the contrary. Looking for a stylish set of chairs to complement the overall decor of the room and satisfy us in terms of comfort, or a single seating option that becomes the centerpiece of the interior can take a long time, but with the new models presented at Salone del Mobile in Milan, we have a chance to fall in love at first sight and make a purchase faster than before. Many brands have decided to rethink some of their old designs, others have taken another step forward in innovative developments, and still, others already conquer significant public spaces with their projects. All in all, we invite you on a fascinating journey through the various new products from our brands, where you can look out for that very chair from your blue dream!

Yuzu, Arflex

The collaboration between Arflex and the Swedish architectural studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has resulted in an iconic modern piece. The "Yuzu" is an armchair that has been crafted with an organic and softly rounded design that exudes comfort and relaxation. The "Yuzu" armchair may be small, but it certainly has a big personality. Its design is reminiscent of a cute and cuddly animal or perhaps even one of the beloved Japanese Pokemon characters. In short, the "Yuzu" armchair will stand out in any interior setting thanks to its flawless fusion of design and comfort.

Adel, Calligaris

The "Adel" armchair collection from Calligaris, designed by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, is a harmonious blend of essentiality of form, elegant design, and meticulous attention to detail that seamlessly integrates with the refinement of sophisticated proportions. The armchair is available with or without armrests and in different variations of high or bucket backrests, completely covered in fabric and leather, or in special versions featuring Vienna straw and natural straw cord. The collection successfully reinterprets the past, creating a contemporary seating option that is perfect for any modern living space.

Fulham, Gianfranco Ferre

The “Fulham” swivel armchair from the Gianfranco Ferre brand is a stylish seating option that seamlessly blends organic, rounded shapes with harmonious proportions. The armchair's contemporary style with 70s vintage references perfectly complements industrial and metropolitan space, adding a touch of intimacy and warmth. "Fulham" features a sturdy iron structure with polyurethane foam padding, while the seat is made of multilayer poplar wood with elastic webbing. The armchair's soft bouclé fabric upholstery enhances its curves and provides a sense of comfort, making it an ideal spot to relax after a long day.

Porta Volta, Molteni&C

The "Porta Volta" armchair by Molteni&C is a wonderful piece designed in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron. The defining feature of the chair is the U-shaped curved solid wood back that creates an enveloping feel and extends further to form armrests. For added comfort, the armchair offers optional padding on the backrest that can be customized with a range of fabrics and leathers. The chair is available in two sizes, with the higher size perfect for dining at 71cm and the lower size at 66cm designed for the living room, pairing seamlessly with a sofa. What's interesting, the special edition of the "Porta Volta" armchair will be featured in the main reading room at The National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, where Molteni&C's sister brand, Unifor, is managing the remodeling.

Claire, Lema

Next, we want to introduce the "Claire" lounge chair from Lema, designed by the renowned Norm Architects. The chair boasts balanced volumes and proportions, with a high backrest and rounded shape that invites you to indulge in enveloping comfort. The metal frame is minimalist yet enhanced by solid wood armrests, offering a reassuring tactility that complements the generous upholstery. Norm Architects have successfully blended sophisticated details, proportions, and volumes to create a classic lounge chair perfect for modern people with sweet souls.

Guinea, Pedrali

Designed by CMP Design, "Guinea" is the perfect addition to outdoor spaces such as the seafront, poolside, or even on the deck of a ship, providing a comfortable and stylish way to enjoy beautiful landscapes and long, relaxed moments. The frame is made of durable aluminum, the armrests are made from teak which has become a tactile and visually striking detail in the overall design. The chair features a waterproof textilene seat and a soft, removable cushion. The backrest is customizable, it could be in various configurations, including a version that resembles traditional director's chairs. Its mechanical construction makes disassembling it for recycling or component replacement simple.

Lamorisse Wood, Pedrali

Another stylish seating option designed by CMP Design – "Lamorisse Wood", is a natural evolution of the "Lamorisse" armchair, forming this way a complete collection of seats that can be used in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Crafted with a stunning ash wood frame, "Lamorisse Wood" first of all is perfect for fine restaurants and elegant dining rooms. The oval-shaped legs blend seamlessly with the rounded steam-curved armrests, providing added strength and support. The ash wood frame is finished with water-based coatings composed mostly of plant-derived resins, ensuring Pedrali's commitment to environmental sustainability. The "Lamorisse Wood" armchair offers the same level of comfort as its aluminum counterpart and can be easily disassembled for recycling purposes or to replace its components.

Nari, Pedrali

The "Narì" armchair from Pedrali is an elegant and comfortable outdoor seating option that pays homage to the company's founder. Designed by Andrea Pedrali, this armchair combines traditional techniques with new industrial technologies to create a contemporary piece that echoes the elements of the first forged iron garden chairs from Pedrali’s 1960s collection. The solid steel structure of "Narì" is weather-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor use, while the woven extruded PVC with a nylon core wrapped around the armrests and backrest adds a touch of style and comfort. The seat and backrest feature a polyurethane foam cushion, making it comfortable to sit in for extended periods of time. The legs are characterized by a double steel tube that has a simple and linear shape. The woven element of the armchair tightens towards the lower part of the seat and widens towards the top, calling to mind the fan-shaped geometry inspired by the backrest of the "Serenella" armchair. The choice of the name "Narì" is a nod to a popular local tradition and the nickname by which Mario Pedrali’s family used to be identified.

Ella, Pianca

Versatile, elegant, and curvy, the "Ella" armchair from the Pianca brand is suitable for both private and public spaces. It is designed by Pier Luigi Frighetto, a renowned innovator and visionary in the world of design. The seat and backrest form a single padded volume, offering comfortable and snug support for your body. The tubular steel base adds a casual and dynamic touch to the design, while subtle details like random wrinkles on the back and grosgrain trim in matching or contrasting colors enhance the style. "Ella" is available in a range of colors. Experience the explosive design vision and profound knowledge of materials and techniques that go into every new creation by Pianca.

Fedra, Pianca

With its unique and fresh contemporary style, the "Fedra" armchair is another standout piece designed by Pier Luigi Frighetto. Its look blends sophistication and luxury effortlessly, with graceful and slender steel legs elevating and streamlining the padded volumes of the seat. The key style feature of the chair is the wrap-round backrest, with distinctive stitching that gives the chair a dynamic design and a strong character. Frighetto, an innovator in the world of design, has worked tirelessly to create timeless furniture that is both stylish and of superior manufacturing quality. With two Compasso d’Oro honourable mentions, Frighetto & partners has established itself as an open network of creative design and ideas laboratory, and the "Fedra" armchair is a testament to their commitment to excellence.

Le Club, Poliform

The legendary "Le Club" recliner by Poliform is still as comfortable as ever in its outdoor edition, which makes obtaining one the ideal objective. The fabric is created through the interweaving of flat polypropylene ropes, treated with a water-resistant liquid to withstand the elements. With a sophisticated and intricate technique employed for the upholstery, the execution quality is remarkable.

Amarantha, Porada

Designed by E. Gallina, the "Amarantha" armchair and pouf set features a solid canaletta walnut frame and frame in coupled Cuoietto leather. The cushion is made of polyester fiber and polyurethane inserts, and it has a detachable fabric cover. Porada's attention to detail and use of high-quality materials are evident in this design. The "Amarantha" armchair was introduced at the Salone del Mobile in Milan as a part of the brand-new Porada collection "Twenty-Three", that reflects brand's commitment to timeless elegance and contemporary style.

Calin, Porada

The "Calin" armchair is a contemporary piece designed by G. & O. Buratti from the same Porada's new collection. The chair features a swivel metal base and a back structure made of curved plywood with a Canaletto walnut finish and a visible edge. The seat and back are padded with synthetic fiber and come with a removable cover in the different fabrics of the collection. The armchair's style is quite intricate but at the same time could be considered classic, because there is a focus on excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail in its design. Side cushions can be purchased separately if you will want to enhance comfort degree.

Molly, Porada

The whole essence of Porada's craftsmanship could be embodied in such wonderful piece of furniture as "Molly" armchair, designed by Meneghello Paolelli. The armchair features a solid Canaletto walnut frame and is upholstered with fabric, providing a minimalist and refined look that blends seamlessly with any dining area. Presented at the Salone del Mobile 2023, the "Molly" chair is destined to become a bestseller, thanks to its impeccable quality and comfortable design.

Frida, Porada

The "Frida" armchair is a true masterpiece of proficiency and design. Created by Milanese designer Niccolò Devetag, this chair stands out for its versatility, lightness, and unique combination of flat and curved surfaces. Made of solid Canaletto walnut, the chair features a continuous construction that serves as the supporting frame for the seat's legs, resulting in a visually elegant design. The "Frida" armchair is a perfect example of the modern woodworking techniques combined with the traditional craftsmanship know-how that Porada is renowned for.

Jackout, Rolf Benz

Inspired by the freedom of outdoor spaces, the new "Jackout" armchair, designed by Luca Nichetto, is specifically made for use in the open. "Jackout" features a powder-coated stainless steel frame and a specific seat shell. It is a breathable and water-repellent seat shell made from a fabric membrane and is interwoven by hand with the frame. The chair comes with removable seat cushions and an optional matching footstool, offering a unique seating experience while withstanding outdoor elements.

Jua, Rolf Benz

Rolf Benz "JUA" is the new outdoor version of the popular "Rolf Benz 600" chair, that was also presented at the Salone del Mobile Milano 2023. Hoffmann & Kahleyss designed it, and it comes in Anthracite or Umbra grey. The chair is flexible and waterproof, with an optional swivel function and foamed backrest and seat cushions specifically made for the outdoors. With a non-slip coating, the cushions maintain the ideal seating position. You can customize Rolf Benz's "JUA" by choosing any fabric from the Rolf Benz Outdoor cover collection, creating a contrast between the monochrome seat shell and the cushions with their 3D effects. Plus, you can select from two seat heights: 49 cm or 51 cm. Enjoy the same level of comfort as the indoor version while sitting at your garden table.

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