The Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furniture Fair) 2012 starts today in Milan. It will be open on Saturday and Sunday to the general public. About 176 Dutch designers are represented during this global event.
Thanks to the independent foundation Materiaalfonds, who is celebrating its 40th birthday, a lot of young Dutch designers have the opportunity to be present in Milan. They offer artists and designers a loan in order to produce new work. Sjoerd Vroonland and Arjan Vaandrager developed and implemented their first saddle stool series with this loan. The Dutch designer Laurens van Wieringen working in Amsterdam will show his "Florian Series 2012" (hospitality & style award’ for best new bar design) via the company De Vorm who also launches their new collection. I like his grey, vintage car inspired "Buffet Cabinet" a lot. My other favorite is the wooden box "Schillendroger" for dried fruit slices created by the awarded designer Rianne Koens.