Every year, I travel to Milan for the Salone del Mobile Milano, an internationally known exhibition displaying the latest trends in design and furniture. With China being one of the most represented foreign countries among visitors to the event in Milan, the Salone organizers started hosting a Shanghai edition. I attended the 4th annual session at the Shanghai Exhibition Center last November.
These events showcases a wide range of design and creativity and I love attending to draw inspirations, learn new ideas, and meet like-minded artists. Although the Shanghai event was smaller in scale than Milan, it actually allowed me to explore and discover several interesting companies I had missed in Italy.
One such company was Rubelli, a textiles design house with fabrics manufactured in Como, Italy. Its collection of rich and high quality fabrics, strikes an equal balance of traditional and contemporary with textures, use of patterns and colours.
One of the fun surprises I had was with Rubelli’s bucket chair. In a variety of different fabrics, the chair at first, seems like an unassuming lump. But on closer examination, it’s a comfortable chair molding to your body. It’s certainly a fun piece to add to my designs in the future.