Cassina honouring Virgil Abloh
The design world was hit hard with the tragic and relatively sudden passing of Virgil Abloh last year and furniture brand Cassina paid its respects in a beautiful way. “Cassina transformed its showroom with a vibrant orange colourway to represent Modular Imagination, a collection designed by Abloh with Cassina before his passing,” says Mirella. The collection itself consists of two matte black blocks that can sit standalone or be combined to create a range of design pieces, from a seat to a table-top surface.
CC Tapis installation
CC-Tapis’ stand at Salone del Mobile was designed by Barcelona-based architecture studio Arquitectura G, who is also behind the interior design for several Acne Studios stores. Playing with the concept of a piazza, the rugs were arranged around an empty void, like the façades of buildings in public squares.
“Every brand we have I love, but post-Milan the brand that moved me the most with the presentation of their new collection was CC Tapis. Their vibrant new rugs and the way each design has a personal story was a Milan highlight,” says Mirella.
Bouclé is here to stay
Not just a flash in the proverbial, it seems that bouclé is here to stay, but with a twist. “Bouclé was a strong trend but there was no sign of any neutral hues. Instead, we saw bold colours and thicker profiles in the bouclé weave,” says Mirella. Designed for Cassina, Patricia Urquiola’s Sengu Bold sofa was a case in point; it was shown upholstered in a textured mustard fabric. “That was a great example of the current interpretation of bouclé,” says Mirella.
Unsurprisingly, sustainability was a key focus for many brands this year with Kettal and Moroso leading the charge. “For example, Kettal’s stand was designed by Patricia Urquiola and featured recycled and reused materials to minimise waste. Meanwhile, Moroso’s Milan showroom was clad in 100% recycled wool and cotton offcuts from textile company Kvadrat,” says Mirella.
A sustainable ethic underpins the Mobilia business model with Mirella believing the path to sustainability is paved with quality pieces that won’t end up in landfill. “If you invest in a great designer piece for the home, it will be with you for a lifetime, and passed down through generations. It can also be sold on because it will retain its value, and a quality item is made to last.”
Story by Amy Collins-Walker
“If you invest in a great designer piece for the home, it will be with you for a lifetime, and passed down through generations. It can also be sold on because it will retain its value, and a quality item is made to last.”