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Salone Furniture Fair – Milan 2015

Highlights from the world's best Furniture Fair

After many miles walked, many espresso’s drunk here are our highlights from Salone 2015 –

Vitra
As always the Vitra stand was superb with a theme around their packaging almost like a warehouse, hence the many crates. New sizes (height increased by 2″) and colours on the DSW & DSR chairs due to people on average being larger since they were designed in the 1950’s.

Salone 2015 - Eames Chairs
Vitra Eames Chairs stacked high
Panton Chairs
Lots of miniatures – Panton Chairs
Jean Prouve - Vitra
Jean Prouve Sideboard and new upholstered Standard Chair in collaboration with G-Star

There was a new upholstered version of the Prouve Standard chair, adding ultra comfort to an already superb chair.

Salnoe 2015 - New Vitra Polder
New Vitra Polder Sofa sizes and Colours

The iconic Vitra Polder sofa has been re-sized and re-jigged with new brass buttons and fabric choices.

SCP

The SCP show was titled – ‘The Arrangement of Furniture in a Room’ and took place in central Milan. This was a cool show that had a collection of old Vintage furniture mixed with SCP’s new designs, a great mix and our favourite show.

Salone 2015 - SCP - Arrangement of Furniture in a Room
SCP – Arrangement of Furniture in a Room
SCP Show - Milan 2015
SCP Show – Milan 2015
SCP Balzac Chair
The old classic – SCP Balzac Chair
It’s always good to see the stunning Balzac Chair, love the Tan Russet leather which only improves with age.

SCP Agnes and Bertha Chair
SCP Agnes and Bertha Chair

Another classic on show was the Agnes Shelving unit, a firm favourite here at Cimmermann.

SCP Oscar Sofa
Oscar sofa covered in stunning Donna Wilson fabric

The Oscar Sofa looked very nice in this Donna Wilson fabric, really changed the look of the classic sofa.

Foscarini Lights

Foscarini had some cool new lights mixed in with the old classics. It was inspiring to see the Diesel with Foscarini lights, a new addition to our website, a favourite was the Fork Floor light.

Foscarini Lights
Cool new Spoke light from Foscarini
Chouchin Lights
New Chouchin reverse lights
The new Chouchin reverse lights made a good impression, the main light is finished in blown glass and the bottom of the diffuser is in the vivid colour.

Diesel with Foscarini Fork Floor light
Diesel with Foscarini Fork Floor light
Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon went all out this year, hiring an old warehouse in downtown Milan and turning it into – ‘The Cinema‘. As usual he didn’t disappoint with a stunning collection of new lights. A particular favourite was the Melt light, which looks totally different when turned on, it appears to become see through.

Tom Dixon - The Cinema
Tom Dixon – The Cinema
New Tom Dixon Spun Lights
New Tom Dixon Spun Lights
Tom Dixon Melt Lights
A Cluster of new Melt Lights
Tom Dixon cluster
A selection of famous Tom Dixon Cluster’s

Kartell
The Italian Masters of Plastic didn’t disappoint again. An amazing collection of new and old products with a twist. The Neon Boookworm was really cool and the new Mat finish Fly lights were stand-out pieces for us.

Kartell Room set at Milan Salone 2015
Kartell Room set at Milan Salone 2015
Kartell Toobe lights in transparent
Kartell Toobe lights in transparent
Kartell Glossy Table
New Kartell Glossy Table with gold legs
Kartell Fly Light in Mat finish
New Kartell Fly lights in Mat finish
Kartell Bookworm
Kartell NEON Bookworm!!!
Salone Milan 2015 didn’t disappoint, always an amazing show with plenty to see and be inspired by. Hope you enjoyed the round-up of our favourites, here’s looking forward to next year.

The Team at Cimmermann

Desks for the Home Office

we choose our favourites

With the development in wireless technology the home desk is now a sleek, uncluttered affair. Below are some of our favourites desks for the Home Office –

1. Punt Ernest Desk

A compact size desk that creates a warm, intimate, orderly workspace. The desktop has a nifty storage compartment with an openable flap door for storing your tablet, computer, pencils, paper or desktop mementos. There’s also a stand for resting your tablet/phone up against. The back legs have slots for running up the wires, which are held in the niche under the desktop. Finished in either Oak or Walnut.

Punt Ernest Desk
Beautiful Punt Ernest Desk finished in walnut
Punt Ernest detail
Punt Ernest detail
2. Vitra Home Desk

As graceful as it is decorative: this home desk with its refined, lavishly produced base and understated colours is one of George Nelson’s design classics. Originally conceived as a ladies’ desk, today it has many uses as a small workstation at home. The legs are made from chromed metal tubing, the writing surface is white laminate, the wraparound wooden frame is finished in walnut veneer and the multi-coloured drawer dividers are in plastic.

Vitra Home Desk
Beautiful Vitra Home Desk
Vitra Home Desk
Great mix of colour and walnut – Vitra Home Desk
3. SCP Cedric Desk

The Cedric desk is an exercise in simplicity, refinement and deft detailing. Kay+Stemmer have drawn on all of their Parnham School training to produce a piece that has perfect proportion and reveals a mastery of craftmanship often overlooked in contemporary design. Cedric is made from solid European walnut and features an orange or brown leather top and lined drawers.

SCP Cedric Desk
SCP Cedric desk with an orange leather top
SCP Cedric desk
SCP Cedric desk with brown leather top in a very cool house!
4. HAY Copenhague Desk

A stylish and contemporary desk designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay. It is part of a collection of furniture which has been designed for the University of Copenhagen. The Copenhague Desk is a simple design with an uncomplicated identity. It is both functional and elegant with a clever back screen to prop your tablet against.

HAY Copenhague Desk
HAY Copenhague Desk with clever back Screen
5. Gubi Grossman Desk

This stunning Desk by legendary designer Greta Grossman features 3 drawers, ball feet and is finished in a stunning American Walnut, a real classic. Grossman was highly influenced by European Modernism, which can be seen in the design of this beauty.

Gubi Grossman Desk
Exquisite Grossman Desk
Gubi Grossman Desk
Grossman desk courtesy of – http://gubijournal.com/gubi-and-bang-olufsen/
Hope we have inspired you to create a Home Office of your dreams and you like our choice of favourite desks.

The Team at Cimmermann

Salone 2014 Milan – The Fair

Salone furniture fair is over for another year. Here we bring you our favourite moments from the fair.

Punt had some really exciting new products. The Literatura Light and new Stockholm sideboards were particularly cool.

Stockholm Low Sideboard by Punt
Stockholm low sideboard from Punt new black metal top
Salone 2014 - New Literatura Light from Punt
New Literatura Light from Punt

For the first time Tom Dixon exhibited in the main hall at the Salone fair. His stand as expected was stunning. With clusters of Beat lights, mirrorballs and new furniture it was a feast for the eyes.

Salone - New from Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon new Gold Mirror Ball suspension lights
Salone - New Tom Dixon Beat Lights
New Grey Beat Lights from tom Dixon
Tom Dixon Cell Lights
Tom Dixon Cell Lights
Tom Dixon - the man himself
Tom Dixon – the man himself

Kartell went for a Precious Gold theme and it sure lived upto the billing. A collection of classics and new products in Gold, Silver and Copper Hues. Who should brush past us looking at his new designs, none other than legendary designer Philippe Starck.

Kartell - Precious Gold
Kartell – Precious Gold, Masters, Componibilli, Gnome and much more all in gold, copper or silver
Philippe Starck on the Kartell Stand
Philippe Starck on the Kartell Stand
Kartell new Masters Chairs
Kartell new Masters Chairs

Vitra didn’t fail to impress with some stunning new pieces from Barber Osgerby – our particular favourite being the Mariposa Sofa, Alexander Girard re-issues and new colours for the Eames Chairs.

 Vitra Mariposa Sofa by Barber Osgerby
New Vitra Mariposa Sofa by Barber Osgerby
Salone 2014 - New Shelving Barber Osgerby
New shelving from Barber Osgerby for Vitra
Salone - Girard new prints from Vitra
Alexander Girard new prints from Vitra
Eames Aluminium Chairs Vitra
New Colours for the iconic Eames Aluminium chairs

Amongst the hundereds of Italian companies stood out the quintessentially British brand SCP and what a breathe of fresh air it was. Re-issues from Jasper Morrison, new Donna Wilson, shelving from Terence Woodgate all very exciting. My only regret Whiskey was being served from 4 but I didn’t quite make it – next year hopefully!!!

SCP at Salone
SCP stand at Salone 2014
SCP Salone
New tables from SCP and Woodgate new slim design sofa
SCP and Jasper Morrison
Jasper Morrison first product designed for SCP re-issue

We has such an exciting time in Milan this year, keep your eyes open on our website for all the new products as and when they are launched but for now bye bye Milan 2014.

The Team at Cimmermann

Salone 2014 Milan – Bergamo

This year for the Salone Fair the Cimmermann Team chose to stay in the medieval town of Bergamo.

Choosing to stay in the upper city (Città Alta), surrounded by its Venetian walls that were built in the 17th Century and forms the historic centre of Bergamo. Città Alta is a great place to visit. Its cobbled Italian streets mixed with its designer boutiques – it has something for everyone.
We chose to stay at the Gombit hotel a designer hotel based right in the centre of the old town. Next to the Torre del Gombito, a thirteenth century stone tower,  the hotel is an experimental laboratory and gallery where young artists work together to keep the interiors fresh and alive.

Hotel Gombit Reception
Cool Vespa in the Hotel Gombit reception – Harry wants one!!

We visited the beautiful San Vigilio with its castle , only way to get there is by a really cool funicular. While we were there we visited an amazing restaurant Ristorante Baretto, local food a plenty – the sausage and black bean pasta was exceptional.

View from San Vigilio - amazing!!
View from San Vigilio – amazing!!
Streets of San Vigilo
Streets of San Vigilo

The old squares and piazzas in Bergamo are quintessentially Italian and offer numerous eateries, landmarks to see and places to quench your thirst!

Salone 2014 - Bergamo
Beautiful Church in Bergamo’s main Square
Salone 2014 - Bergamo
Beautiful day in Bergamo!
View from below of the Old Town "Citta Alta" in Bergamo
View from below of the Old Town “Citta Alta” in Bergamo
Cobbled streets of Bergamo
Cobbled streets of Bergamo
Bergamo Boutiques
One of the cool designer boutiques in Bergamo

We would highly recommend a trip to Bergamo, a beautiful and unspoilt gem in Northern Italy, perfect for relaxing before the main Milan Salone show.

Look out for our next Blog Post – Salone 2014 the Fair where we review our favourites and show you some of the amazing new products that were shown.

The Team at Cimmermann including Harry!