If there are three periods of the year which requires maybe a year in advance booking of hotels (and be warned, they aren't cheap then) would be The Milan Fashion weeks and The Milan Furniture Fair. The Milan Furniture Fair has just ended its run last week. As usual, thousands of buyers, designers, and manufacturers flocked to Milan (I hear that sometimes they do share rooms with quite a few folks to save on cost) to see the fair and get insight on what to look out for in the year ahead.
As always, there were a few stand outs in the sea of furniture (and people). Unfortunately, I couldn't get my hands on any of the images of Aun2h4 Studio's "I on the Flower" chair. It is made of polypropylene petals, the armchair opens up under your weight. I hear that there was quite a queue to sit on it.
Anyway, enjoy the photos of those I could find that were featured as well.
Opus Incertum, 100% recyclable polypropylene bookcases designed in a colourful honeycomb structure by 41-year-old Sean Yoo for Casamania.
Bartoli Design's Highway Seating. It is a modular seating system where the flat seat wraps itself to form a vertical loop.
Out of Stock's Naked Chairs, which come flat packed (very light as it is made of thin sheets of steel and wood) and can be easily assembled with butterfly nuts, no tools required.
Store Muu Design's Pit In. It is a wooden docking station for cyclists. Once the bicycle is parked, the cyclist doesn't have to move; their saddle becomes their seat, they can rest their arms on a wooden stand, their feet on platforms, and they can spread a newspaper on the table in front or take their laptop out for a quick work session.