Luxury conquers Shanghai

Among the attractions of greatest interest at the Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai there are the xLux brands. Here a selection of furnishings in the spotlight at the Shanghai Exhibition Center

Oliver by Castello Lagravinese, Opera Contemporary
Oliver by Castello Lagravinese, Opera Contemporary

The Asian market becomes increasingly important every year for the companies of Made in Italy. The Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai becomes a crucial showcase in which visitors enjoy a journey in a universe of bestsellers and new creations. Luxury brands have a particularly outstanding role to play at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

Among the macro-areas of products on view, the upholstered furnishings catch the eye. As in the case of the Bon Ton sofa with its soft forms, created by Boatto Martino Studio for the brand Capital Collection. Visitors can see an interesting game of contrast between the wooden structures and metal bases. The latter is the fil rouge that links Bon Ton to the Mi sofa from the Rhythm collection by Longhi, where an enveloping band of metal wraps the outside of the back. Shiny gold provides the finish of the base of the Latino chair, presented by Elledue at the fair in China.
Clan Milano asked Alessandro La Spada to sum up functionality, elegance and aesthetic eclecticism in a collection for the bedroom zone. The designer has come up with Einstein, in which the bed with a large headboard composed of lateral panels with Bubble lamps and counters plays the leading role.

Metal parts also take part in games of contrast applied by brands for the creation of tables. Opera Contemporary and the studio Castello Lagravinese has used a frisé maple finish to set the tone of the round Oliver table, enlivened by inserts in gilded metal and a Lazy Susan in marble set into the top. The base is composed of refined wooden pillars enhanced by polished brass inserts, as a distinctive detail.
For refined settings of great personality, the Nettuno table by Paolo Castelli also comes in a round version. The structure is in metal with a matte satin gold finish, while the base is clad in shiny Carnico gray marble. Top in eucalyptus wood with metal border.
In the Vine collection (Turri) Frank Jiang interprets the dining zone by designing furnishings that embody the stylistic signature of modern architecture. The protagonist of the space is the table, which stands out for a brushed gold metal sheath and marble inserts. The structure is supple and light, thanks to the slightly inclined angles of the base.

Not only materiality at the Shanghai festival. Several companies have let themselves be inspired by art, which has led to interesting additional details.
Il viaggio di Nettuno (Richard Ginori) is the new collection based on collaboration between the Florentine atelier and the versatile London-based artist Luke Edward Hall. The creative concept takes its cue from the designer’s passion for Greek-Roman mythology. The collection is composed of plates, place markers, cups and vases in intense colors.
For Daytona design clearly inspired by Art Deco, and a name that suggests a faraway location in Asia Minor. Misia, designed by Leonardo Dainelli, is an eclectic console formed by a leather lining placed on a brass top, with a tubular brass structure. Misia adds elegance to entrances, corridors and home offices. The attention to detail of Agresti can be clearly seen in Arco starting with its external image, where the particular of the handle – curved along the border of the doors – even provides the inspiration for the name. The armored jewelry chest combines velvet covering with 24k gold-plated brass for the accessories.