Moscow: classic and contemporary

The 240 companies on hand for the Salone del Mobile.Milano Moscow enliven Crocus Expo by slimming the gaps between classic, luxury and contemporary

Divano Penelope, Elledue
Penelope Sofà, Elledue

From 9 to 12 October 2019, at Crocus Expo, Russia’s biggest trade fair facility, 240 exhibitors (Italian and foreign) take part in Salone del Mobile.Milano Moscow. Over the four-day program over 30,000 visitors are expected, including sector professionals, press and the general public.
This is the main event for home furnishings in Eastern Europe, a status pursued by drawing on tradition, but also by rethinking of it on the part of new generations of architects, designers and clients, who are wagering on the contamination of styles. From upholstered furniture to lighting fixtures, kitchen and office furnishings to complements, bathrooms, fabrics and contract projects: the Salone in Moscow interprets the world of interior design in all its forms.

The mixture of styles is particularly clear in the blend of classic and luxury, where the protagonists are monochromatic, neutral interiors, symmetrical designs and sumptuous materials. But all without any surplus of details and decorative features.
Strong color contrasts are instead seen in the Ares collection by Ceppi Style, where brass is combined with dark wood like eucalyptus, while Agresti presents the armored jewelry safe Lui e Lei by combining color with a matte canaletto walnut finish.
Brass plays a major role in the Ray sofa by Fendi Casa and the Cortes collection created by Alessandro La Spada for Clan Milano.

The classic universe is also the inspiration for the Fuji table by Jumbo Collection, which stands out for fine craftsmanship of glass to add a 3D effect to the design. Geometric details are also on view in the Brahms series by Angelo Cappellini, to add a bit of sumptuous elegance with a touch of contemporary verve.

Irregular forms are the key to Cyrock designed by Nunzia Acquaviva for the collection of Twenty Brand Design, a brand of Euroluce – Light of Italy, where every lamp is unique thanks to the use of rock crystal. Giorgio Collection is right at home in Russia, thanks to the local designer Maria Serebryanaya who has created Passion for the living area, part of the Charisma collection.

The typical sophisticated welcome of Made in Italy is expressed by the enveloping form of Operà by Roberto Giovannini, and in the Penelope modular sofa by Elledue, with an allure that is balanced between classic and contemporary.
Turri displays its woodworking skill with a cabinet belonging to the Vine collection, designed by the architect Frank Jiang. Again in wood, the Pont table by Philipp Selva and Aldo Cibic stands out for its lightness and minimalism.

The contemporary style of the exhibitors on hand at the Crocus Expo in Moscow can be seen particularly in terms of minimalism, with combinations of sober spaces and refined details, where materials, colors and technological innovation meet in a context of comfort and good looks.
(Ten) colors with personality define the Opale washstand by Antoniolupi designed by Carlo Colombo to exploit the potential of Cristalmood. He has also created the Koi bed by Flou, which stands out for the padding of the headboard featuring vertical quilting. Soft padding also plays a key role in the Quadrotta chair (design Archirivolto) by Calligaris, and in the Re-Set sofa from Vibieffe by Gianluigi Landoni.

A totally different concept has been applied for the Aria bookcase by David Dolcini (Porada): with a minimalist image, it is full of compositional options (combining posts, cabinets with leaf or fold-back doors, and shelves). DeLinea by Scavolini proceeds along the same lines. The kitchen created by Vuesse takes center stage thanks to its versatility. It can be arranged in many different compositions: island, corner or peninsula.

Outdoor furnishings are represented by Ethimo and its Allaperto Urban collection by Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez; while Atmosphera has organized its Outdoor Collection with large volumes.

There are also various brands specializing in lighting: Contardi and Massimiliano Raggi use archaic and tribal symbols in the Babu outdoor lamp; the encounter between a long, minimal LED bar that ‘pierces’ a shade in printed fabric generates Cupido by Matteo Ugolini, from Karman; and the exploration conducted by Marc Sadler and Slamp on the infinite possibilities of technopolymers has led to the Accordéon lamp.