What with the increasingly reduced spaces in the cities, digital life and the frenzy of the recovery, there’s even greater need to think about comfort in the round, an everyday quality that needs to be valorised, even in the spaces where “efficiency” is uppermost. The furnishing companies well know how important it is that the most functional and technical places – offices, waiting rooms, airport lounges and museum, hotel and library atriums – be able to put their patrons at ease, with dedicated relaxation areas, or larger interior design interventions that help to break the ice and generate more relaxing situations, both at work and in our private lives. Many of the proposals at “supersalone” focused on the need to render spaces comfortable and informal, without skimping on elegance and artisan quality. It is precisely this vision that has sparked upholstered islands without backrests, long benches that can be put together and taken apart at will, making for original colour combinations and even cosy alcoves that mean never having to sacrifice moments of privacy. All ripe for discovery in the new collections.
Ron Gilad’s stand for Molteni&C (Pav 02, Stand A 23) celebrated imagination, travel and, especially, comfort: with a set of Round D.154.5 armchairs (designed by Gio Ponti in 1954 and re-edited this year) on which visitors could sit and gaze out of the portholes onto the landscape. An unexpected display, illustrating one of the myriad potential uses for this iconic piece of furniture, equally suitable for living rooms and for collective spaces.