The numerous Brazilian operators and media were very happy to return to the city they love unconditionally. O Estado de S. Paulo, one of the most popular national newspapers, publishes the feature article Milan Design Salone goes beyond neutral tones and bets on a less gray world, an analysis of the importance of the return of the Salone del Mobile on the industrial and also the human level. “It doesn't sound exaggerated to say that the desire for reconnection, after the last few years, seems to function as the central axis around which most of the launches presented during Design Week gravitated. In many of the collections it is possible to detect the clear concern of the designers in emphasizing the connection between design and quality of life. And, consequently, between the conscious use of raw materials and the preservation of natural resources. A mirror of ongoing transformations and a more responsible approach to design, furniture today seems to be designed not only to respond to specific functions, but above all, considering its interaction with people.”
Archdaily, the worldwide architecture platform that has always been attentive to the themes of responsible design, talks with Mario Cucinella in On Designing with Nature and the 2022 Salone del Mobile, discussing the concept behind his installation, the relationship between the city of Milan and the Salone, the importance of valuing recycled materials and the conservation of the natural resources.
Conceived and created as a launch pad for young designers and a meeting place with the furniture industry continuously in search of creativity and ingenious visions, SaloneSatellite once again confirms itself as the reference point for the world of design. The US trade magazine Interior Design stressed all this in its article 14 Young Designer Highlights from the SaloneSatellite in Milan. “Without a platform to showcase their work and forced to learn remotely, young designers suffered during the global pandemic. At exhibition center Fiera Milano last week, SaloneSatellite, Salone del Mobile’s celebration of rising stars under 35 returned—to long awaited relief. With the theme Designing for our Future Selves and a focus on sustainability, the 23rd edition featured 600 participants. Once again, the SaloneSatellite Awards program singled out a talented few.”
The Wall Street Journal in Salone del Mobile Preview: 17 of Milan Design Week's Most Exciting Debuts is publishing its overview of the 2022 edition: “the Milan Furniture Fair, the annual blowout of design and arguably the world’s most important, turns 60 this year—but don’t expect anything yawningly middle-aged from the roughly 2,000 exhibitors setting up in the Italian city June 7 through 12. Energy is running high after a subdued showing in 2021, and the city has been buffing itself up for the past few years in anticipation of postpandemic crowds.” Likewise the Financial Times is running the 21 things to love from Milan's Salone del Mobile. The author of the article comments: “I've been visiting Milan and its annual design festival for countless years. Earlier this month, though, my return felt like a homecoming. The sun was shining, the city buzzing and on every corner were posters proclaiming: Design is Milano and Milano is Design.”
This second review of the international press concludes the article in The Times: Milan design week 2022 trends: what we learnt at the world's biggest interiors fair, concluding with “an inundation of immersive events, a celebration of womanly curves and a cuddle machine. The world’s most radical design fiesta is back, and it’s a sensual experience. More than that, it’s old-fashioned, analogue, in-real-life fun. You couldn’t do this over Zoom. Architects, designers and decorators, writers and influencers, students and superfans have assembled for the first Milan design week since 2019, eager to see the Salone del Mobile furniture fair and the Fuorisalone programme of shows and installations. Only a party pooper would mention their air miles, but the irony is unavoidable: many of the events are about sustainability.”