Our top picks from Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2017


It’s that time of the year again. Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair) brings together the world’s top minds in the fields of furniture, industrial and product design. This year is no different, with several brands coming in to show what innovations and creations they have in store.

Cebu’s own Holly Dychangco took a trip to Milan especially for the show. With a background in design herself, she is currently pursuing masters studies in Barcelona. We asked her for her choices of notable presentations from this year’s show—here are her picks.


Of course, we can’t make a Salone list without having Kenneth Cobonpue in it. The Cebuano designer presented a number of aesthetically interesting pieces: Babar, the cabinet cum study shaped like an elephant; a modern version of the Peacock chair; the Limbo Trapeze chandelier; and the Forma collection, a collaboration with Italian designer Federica Capitani. 


Another notable Cebuano brand is Catalina, a company that creates home decor made from natural materials. Shells, coco and rattan are some of the things they use to create intricate, handcrafted pieces. We especially love the Formosa chandelier—it’s intricate texture is inspired by underwater creatures called Cnidarians, and shows off the workmanship the designers at Catalina are capable of.


Cebu-based designer Carlo Cordaro also returns to Salone this year to showcase his Riviera collection. Carlo has been known to use more rustic materials to show off his sleek Italian design sensibilities. The Riviera shows off how well he does just that. 


Greek designer Chris Basias has always loved crafting and experimenting with design to create lighting fixtures. His pieces are often unconventional and a little eccentric, with references to his Greek upbringing. The marble-mounted ring lights he presented at Salone are as much conversation pieces as they are illuminating.


A headliner at this year’s show, Lamborghini collaborated with designer Karim Rashid to create Riva 1920. The furniture line follows in the brand’s philosophy of design, innovation, cutting-edge technology, emotion, attention to detail and strong heritage.


Shari Quimbo
Shari Quimbo

Shari Quimbo is the managing editor of Zee Lifestyle. In her spare time, she likes cooking for family and friends, and escaping to the beach on weekends. Follow Shari's adventures on Instagram at @sharinuh.

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