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Milan 2012 Our top picks 01
New furniture collection by Marni

Culled from thousands of snapshots taken during six days of intensive viewing, walking, talking, dining and mingling, the top 70 highlights speak to the very best this year’s Salone del Mobile and infinite offsite circuit had to offer.

The Top 10

1. Marni chairs

The renowned fashion label launched its first collection of furniture, on display outside its downtown showroom. The brand collaborated with ex-prisoners in Colombia to create woven PVC seats. Proceeds from purchased chairs will go to Milan’s ICAM, a support program for children with imprisoned mothers.

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FortanaArte lighting exhibition
2. FontanaArte at Casa degli Atellani

The Italian lighting manufacturer exhibited new works in a spectacular setting: a private courtyard where Leonardo da Vinci spent time while painting The Last Supper at Santa Maria della Grazie church across the street.

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Discipline exhibition in downtown Milan
3. Discipline exhibition in downtown Milan

Among the dozens of items on display at this off-site event hosted by the new Italian furniture brand: a leather sofa and chair, and a table made of bamboo, all by design/architecture firm Claesson Koivisto Rune of Stockholm.

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The Bouroullec’s at the Vitra booth
4. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at Vitra

The French designers were on hand at the Vitra booth to show off their tiny ceramic shelves, which they call Corniches.

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Lighting installation by Carmody Groarke
5. Carmody Groarke at La Rinascente

The London-based architecture firm hijacked the colonnades of the department store near the Duomo and installed illuminated metal mesh cylinders.

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Young designers at SaloneSatellite 2012
6. Rubber place mats spotted at SaloneSatellite

Dozens of young designers have launched their careers at this popular exhibition held at the Salone. Patrizia Moroso and Rossana Orlandi are known to wander the aisles in search of new talents.

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Solar garden installation at Legacy Interni exhibition
7. Solar panel garden at Interni Legacy exhibit, by architect Akihisa Hirata, who is also representing Japan at the Venice Biennale later this year. The project won the Elite Design Award for best installation at the Interni Legacy exhibit. (photo by Santi Caleca)

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Space quilt by L+W at Ventura Lambrate
8. Space Quilt at Another Terra exhibition

The labour-intensive quilt by creative collaborators Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai (a.k.a. L+W) is made of handwoven gold mylar stripes. Seen at Ventura Lambrate.

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The Poltrana Frau group display in Zona Tortona
9. Poltrona Frau Group at Zona Tortona

A magnificient and massive two-storey display showcasing new (and familiar) furniture pieces by Italian design giant Poltrona Frau and its two other iconic brands, Cappellini and Cassina.

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Exhibition at Ventura Lambrate
10. World War III at Ventura Lambrate

Atelier van Lieshout‘s exhibition at Ventura Lambrate brought mixed reactions from the crowds. Some loved Joep van Lieshout’s wild and dark sense of humour; others weren’t taken in by his macabre sensibility. Most of the bronze furniture pieces were warmed up with a sheepskin throw.

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