Milan Furniture Fair 2011 Design Round Up

Pivot Vanity and Pivot Desk by Raw Edges

It has been yet another year where the Milan Furniture fair has come and gone.  Endless designer parties were held with glass after glass of champagne being sipped, more air kisses than Elton John gives at his Oscar party have been displayed, and a cream of top designer talent is nursing that Milan hangover they all know only too well.  This year Milan was bigger and better with 2775 official exhibitors and 321,320 visitors making visitor numbers up 8% on last year – it is safe to say that Milan is back on top when it comes to showcasing the hottest new design talent.

Here at Gallant and Jones we didn’t want our readers to miss out and so we have carefully selected our top design finds at this years show!


Raw Edges have long been on my radar as a design talent worth watching.  Back in 2008 they created Pivot, a great set of drawers that instantly became a favourite of mine.  This year at Milan Raw Edges launched Pivot Vanity and Pivot Desk, which are being launched through manufacturer Arco.

Altering the dimensions of the original slightly, Pivot Desk and Pivot Vanity are set slightly lower with the addition of an integrated desk top – perfect for make up or a laptop.

Pinha Lampshade by Raw Edges

Milan also saw Raw Edges introduce us to PinhaPinha is a great lamp shade that is a formed cork structure and fits around any standard light fitting.  Once the Pinha is in place the owner can personalize the shade through cutting different shapes and patterns from printed-paper.  What is even more interesting about this product is that through the user placement of the shade the light direction can be changed to suit the mood or task being performed.


Fisherman Light by Taf

Inspired by the many glass fishing floats that are still out at sea Taf set about transforming this old fishing tool into an item for the home.  Fisherman may still be recognisable as a fishing tool, but when placed indoors with increased sized we are forced to look at the object in a new way, as a contemporary lamp.  During the manufacturing process Taf found it extremely hard to find a way of producing the rope netting for Fisherman as this handcraft has become very rare in modern times, but after much persistence managed to find a small company in Sweden which now hand knit each net.


Nub Chairs by Patricia Urquiola

I have long been a fan of the chairs and seating that Urquiola produces ever since I first laid eyes on the Tropicalia chair during Moroso‘s Little Wild Garden of Love a few years ago.  I was immediately smitten with the way Urquiola used a selection of different materials and wove them onto the tubular steel frames to create a stunning graphical impact.  So it was with great anticipation that I awaited the launch of her latest chair Nub at this years Milan shows, and I was not disappointed.  Nub is a great addition to Urquiola’s design catalogue with its sleek metal leg frame and quaint wooden torso constructed from lumpy spindles.


Green Chair by Javier Mariscal

Green is a cute little chair that can shout about being 100% recycled and 100% recyclable!  Meeting the Management System for Ecodesign UNE 150301 the chair is a great product that was created with the vision to improve the quality of life and the planets preservation.  It is not often that you find a product that manages to look great whilst produced out of 100% recycled materials, Green proves that it is totally possible!