Colour, transparency, as well as a great deal of black and white, revisitations of classic models and sophisticated decorations: the latest proof of the closing gap between design and fashion. These were the main trends on show at the 2004 Furniture Show in Milan in April, which opened under the “Baroque or minimalist banner?”.

While such labels obviously have their limits, the answer was decidedly away from the minimal and more overtly Baroque, with a general trend for decoration. Living up to expectations, the big companies like B&B, Alias, Moroso, Flou, Magis, Cappellini, Kartell, Molteni & C., Edra, Zanotta and Driade did not fail to impress with their ability to involve the big names from the design world and put the latest technology to work.

Alongside evergreens like Citterio and Starck was rising star Patricia Urquiola, with her series of tables for Driade, armchair for B&B Italia, small table for Kartell, table for Molteni, sofa and small armchair for Moroso all paying tribute to her prolific creativity. The same is true of Rodolfo Dordoni, who has worked for companies like Arper, Fiam, Flou, Minotti and Molteni. Brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana continue with their work for Edra, pursuing design poetics based on the use of poor materials and skilled craftsmanship. There was also news from other brands, such as the recently launched Maxdesign (set up in 2000) which presented projects by Gabriele Pezzini and Marco Maran.

The article continues in Auto & Design no. 147

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