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Milan Design Week 2024

The quickening heartbeat, the palpable excitement in the air, and the scent of creativity that filled every corner of the city – that was our adventure at Milan Design Week 2024. A journey beyond the ordinary, where design and friendship intertwined in an unforgettable embrace, turning each moment into a profoundly meaningful and inspiring experience. 

A Global Union of Friendship and Collaboration 

In the bustling heart of Milan, the world came together in a warm and universal embrace. Beyond borders and linguistic barriers, a part of our Italian team, comprised of Filippo Salbini, Francesco Ferrara, Roberta Apuleo, and Alfonso Mellone, welcomed, gathered, and guided over 20 friends from every corner of the globe under the banner of friendship. Clients, designers, developers, and other industry professionals from the United States, Sweden, Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, and China: an extraordinary map of friendship drawn in the colors of diversity. And then, on an enchanted evening, the frenetic rhythm of daily life paused, making room for a dinner illuminated by laughter, sharing, and genuine joy. A moment of pure connection that made tangible the universal power of friendship and collaboration. 

Salone del Mobile.Milano: Epicenter of Global Design 

Among the stands that dotted the Salone del Mobile.Milano, we embarked on a journey through the peaks of global design. Guided by passion and curiosity, we explored the extraordinary creations of industry-leading companies, each a precious gem in the vast crown of design. Every booth, a story to be told, an emotion to be experienced, and a heartfelt thank you for contributing to the beauty of the world around us. Accompanying our friends, we offered them an exclusive preview of the latest creations at the stands of our top High-Quality suppliers

  • MisuraEmme
  • Baxter
  • Lema
  • Exteta
  • Paolo Castelli
  • Francesco Molon
  • Vismara
  • Impatia
  • Rugiano
  • Longhi
  • Carpanelli
  • Boca Do Lobo
  • Tacchini
  • Miniforms
  • Molteni
  • Fiam
  • De Sede
  • Desalto

FuoriSalone 2024: Exploring Excellence in the Heart of Milan 

In the lively streets of Milan, we discovered the pulsating heart of design: sacred places where aesthetics and functionality merge in perfect harmony. We breathed in the very essence of Italian design, letting inspiration guide us on a timeless journey. Among the lights of the most prestigious showrooms, we visited the iconic venues of the most prestigious brands such as: 

  • Agape
  • Valcucine
  • Modulnova
  • Giorgetti
  • Amura
  • Rugiano
  • Boffi
  • Roche Bobois
  • Gallotti&Radice

The Grand Tour of Design: Discovering Excellence 

The pinnacle of our experience was The Grand Tour of Design, an epic journey organized with Atlas Concorde. On April 19th, we moved to Emilia Romagna for a guided tour of this extraordinary globally significant company. In Atlas Concorde’s grand showroom, we had the opportunity to explore their exclusive collections, admiring the greatness, professionalism, and enthusiasm that characterize this extraordinary company.

And as we all dined together, we strengthened the bonds of friendship and respect that unite us indissolubly.

But it didn’t end there: we then moved to Maranello for a tour of the Ferrari Museum. Here, we had an extraordinary experience, being able to admire not only Ferrari’s iconic cars but also trophies, Formula One cars, engines, and other breathtaking design gems.

Thank You for an Unforgettable Edition and a Preview of Milan Design Week 2025 

We sincerely thank everyone who made this magical adventure possible: friends, clients, and partners. Your support, companionship, and passion are the lifeblood that fuels our commitment to design.

With hearts full of gratitude, we eagerly await the next chapter of our story at Milan Design Week 2025. A new chapter of emotions, inspirations, and friendship, ready to be written with the same fervent passion as always.

Salone del Mobile.Milano and Design Week 2023

Once again we have combined the passion for our work with friendship, as we like to do… as we like to be! The 61st edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano and Milan Design Week 2023 were amazing!

Thanks to our clients, partners and managers for having lived these intense and exclusive days together.

Thanks to our suppliers for welcoming us with kindness and professionalism.

Visits to the exhibitors, definition of the projects, details of the orders and the splendid conclusion at Lake Como… what a beautiful experience!

People

Our Italian team consisted of managers Filippo Salbini, Maria Giordano and Antonio Pepe.

With them also our Expert in Joinery Modularity Roberta Apuleo.

Our manager Scott Wilson has joined us from Australia.

Our Malaysian partner Steven Leong was in Italy with his collaborators.

Our American partner Tom Landry II joined us from the USA with his trusted collaborator Miriam Padberg Owens.

Joining our team were also some leading international interior designers and architects with whom we collaborate with enthusiasm and also some Australian clients who have chosen the last details for some ongoing residential projects.

Projects

We worked on some projects closely with our clients and direct suppliers, while our partners and collaborators took care of the selection and details for some supplies in Asia, Australia and North America.

Brands

At Salone del Mobile.Milano we experienced first-hand the latest news from the best furniture manufacturers. At Euroluce area we have dedicated ourselves to lighting.

We have further strengthened relationships with some manufacturers and established new relationships with some important Italian and European brands

In the evening, however, we took part in exclusive events organized by our trusted suppliers in Milan.

We met Amura, Barovier & Toso, Baxter, Boca Do Lobo, Bover, Cini&Nils, Emmemobili, Extremis, Impatia, Kare, Koket, Longhi, Luceplan, Malerba, miniforms, MisuraEmme, Nomon, Paolo Castelli, Preciosa, Rosa Splendiani, Scolaro, Teckell, Tonon, Wall Decò.

Lake Como

We decided to conclude our Exclusive Design Week 2023 in a splendid location, hosting our friends for lunch at Lake Como. No work here… just chatting and having fun with friends!

Our job is beautiful, because it allows us to have relationships based on sincere esteem, mutual trust and solid friendships.

We are really lucky!

Visit to Porada in January 2023

Our visit to the Porada company which has been producing furnishings designed to last over time since 1948.

Porada makes quality and professionalism its foundations, creating elegant and excellent products for homes all over the world.

Visit to Porro in January 2023

Our visit to the Porro company in January 2023 to touch the clean lines, the geometric shapes and the functionality of the furnishings.

A clear and simple project, standing out for its essential and immediately identifiable language, with minimal signs, geometries, shapes, without forgetting its unique company philosophy: simplicity above all.

All Porro products are the result of a subtraction and derive from a progressive simplification process.

Visit to Riva 1920 in January 2023

Our visit to Riva 1920 in January 2023 to let our South Korean partners appreciate the production units, the Riva Center and the Wood Museum.

Riva 1920 combines craftsmanship and technology for the production of entirely made in Italy wooden furniture, whose longevity is essential for sustainable development.

Visit to EsaDesign in January 2023

In January 2023 we had the pleasure of visiting Esadesign to personally appreciate the style and materials used to create luxury mirrors.

Esa is the place where interior design becomes tailor-made, transforming the emotions of living the home in tangible and explorable realities.

Visit to MisuraEmme in January 2023

Our visit to MisuraEmme in January 2023 to discover the original creations, produced in Italy by this historic furniture brand.

MisuraEmme is able to offer furnishing lines characterized by a high degree of customization and conceived one-to-one with the customer, devising solutions in harmony with the different international contexts.

Visit to Giorgetti in January 2023

Our visit to the Giorgetti company in January 2023, to touch the latest furniture collections first-hand.

The tradition of Giorgetti goes back to more than 100 years ago when it started its activity in Brianza and it still forges ahead with innovation, conserving the patrimony of its experience in cabinet making.

Salbini Experience Denise and Hilton from Australia

Denise and Hilton are two of our Australian customers and we had the pleasure of accompanying them on a visit to some of our commercial partners for the selection of furniture products. 

Their residential project in Sydney is nearing completion and we at Salbini will supply appliances, joinery as well as furniture.

Welcome to Milan

Denise and Hilton flew from Australia to Italy in September 2022. In Milan they met our Manager Filippo, with whom they spent a few days in northern Italy to personally select some products and finishes for their home in Sydney.

The brands selected for this Salbini Experience

We visited production plants and showrooms of furniture, lighting, bathroom and outdoor products. We met business executives and consultants who detailed the characteristics and manufacturing of the products.

Denise and Hilton experienced first hand the quality of the following brands:

  • Alchymia
  • Baxter
  • Dolce e Gabbana
  • Edra
  • Exteta
  • Gallotti&Radice
  • MisuraEmme
  • Molteni
  • Paola Lenti
  • Riva 1920
  • Roche Bobois

With Salbini Experience we will open the doors of the best Italian companies to you.

Do you need to carry out projects with the best design products? Come to Italy!

Our Australia manager Vittoria Chiarilli is an Interior Designer. She has a small studio called Marly Hemisphere which operates out of Melbourne Australia.

She has been in Milano for the Salone del Mobile and then we interviewed her in Pagani.

Childhood

She has always been artistic as a child.

“As a very young girl l would accompany my father to his work – he was a builder and l would find small objects on his building sites and make sculptures to take home and show my mum. I learned to sew at 14 and draft all my own patterns for clothes l made. I was happiest when l was creating and making things.”

Favourite design style

Some of her favourite design styles are: Neo Classic, Post Modern, Scandinavian, Midcentury Modern and Art Deco.

Functionality or appeal?

When asked if she prefers functionality or appeal she says she prefers to try to combine both.

“It means l can have something look beautiful but also importantly provide the client with an easy to use space that meets most of their needs

What are a couple of questions you’d ask to discover your client’s requirements?

Some of the questions she usually asks a client are:

  • what are you trying to achieve in the space?
  • are we using some existing items/furniture you have
  • how do you live in the space
  • Are you looking for locally made furniture or are you wanting to consider furniture manufactured overseas
  • And then most importantly what is your budget”

These are important questions to ask a client to begin a good collaboration.

Keeping up with industry changes and with the latest Interior Design styles

Keeping up with industry changes is at times difficult in a fast changing world.

“I try where l can to go to trade shows such as Salone del Mobile which often provide a great source of inspiration… I keep myself up to date with the latest design styles by following interior designers and architects on instagram and the internet that interest me.” 

It’s also important working in collaboration with other designers.

Imagine your client asks you to design a room in a way that is visually pleasing but not practical. How would you react?

“If they are just wanting a room/space to look beautiful and it be never used then we don’t need to be practical, but if the space is an area that is used frequently it is my job to highlight to the client the disadvantages of being in a space that is not practical.”

It’s important to create spaces that are thoughtful, reflect the client’s personality and ultimately give the client great satisfaction to move within these spaces.

When a client rejects all your design concepts

The design process needs to be a collaboration between client and designer and in order to achieve this successfully there must be a level of trust from the client.

“When a client rejects all my design concepts it usually means they have perhaps not chosen the right designer for their project. Initial meetings with clients are crucial, they establish if we will be able to work together and if there is a potential to clash.”

Vittoria Chiarilli at the Auditorium Theater in Pagani

Why Salbini for the supply of European design products?

Using a company like Salbini means that clients are dealing directly with an agent out of Italy. One of the benefits is that a customer can buy different type of products all through one agent

Moreover, “Things are done more quickly if there is an issue or drama.” Another reason would be cost saving. It’s all advantageous.

With Salbini Experience we will open the doors of the best Italian companies to you.

Do you need to carry out projects with the best design products? Come to Italy!