Carpet Diem with cc-tapis

Born in France. Designed in Milan. Produced in Nepal. cc-tapis is an Italian company which produces contemporary hand-knotted rugs created in Nepal by expert Tibetan artisans. The company was founded by Nelcya and Fabrizio Cantoni who have been producing hand-knotted rugs in Nepal for over 17 years. A strong respect for the materials and for the culture of this ancient craft is reflected in the company’s eco-friendly approach to every step of production, ranging from the hand spinning of the softest Himalayan wool to the use of purified rainwater for the washing of the final products, making each one of cc-tapis’ rugs unique.

Far from mass production, cc-tapis aims to offer a tailored service to those who understand and enjoy a high-end product, where a three month production time contains a story of ageless culture.

Fabrizio and Daniele introduced their new collection titled Inventory, designed by Faye Toogood. cc-tapis works with a wide array of designers, such as Patricia Urquiola, Chiara Andreatti, Martino Gamper, Parisotto + Formenton, Alex Proba, and Mae Engelgeer.

Pre-iSaloni 2012 | Milan Musings

2012 will be my 6th year at the Milan iSaloni furniture fair. I am travelling with Niels Bendtsen who is at his 47th fair…

Milan design week is exhausting and energizing, foggy and sunny, trend-setting and too-trendy, long days, short nights.

A typical day starts with an early breakfast at the Hotel Cavour with fair maps and daytimer calendars plotting how we will be splitting up some meetings and getting together for others. A 15 minute walk through Giardini Pubblici to the Palestro Metro station is probably the only pause for air in the day before we board the already-jampacked train enroute to the fairgrounds.

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Milan Salone de Mobile | Day 2 Images

We’re continuing our coverage of the Milan show with pictures from Day 2.

Above the Poltrona Frau New Deal armchair in a beautiful blue. Classic to modern with just a colour change.

See images of new B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, Foscarini, and many others

Above, visitors of Tom Dixon’s booth are put to work making his products in his ‘FACTORY’ installation

Milan Salone de Mobile | Day 1 Images

The first shots of the Fiera Milano fair grounds are now online! Above an exploding ‘Kaboom’ light by Ingo Maurer.

Browse through images direct from our web albums.

The Invisibles by Tokujin Yoshioka for Kartell, the entire store is a Tokujin installation

New chairs for Montis by our very own Niels Bendtsen (originally released at this years Cologne Fair)

Initial shot of Milan 2010 – City and Showrooms

above new outdoor NEMO chairs by Fabio Novembre for Driade

We received our first batch of images from Milan prior to the start of the show. These photos are of events, installations, and showrooms located around Milan.

Not all the brands show right in the Fiera Milano fair grounds. Some of the brand showrooms are almost as large as ours here in Vancouver.

New from B&B Italia, Established & Sons x Venini, and Cassina.

Click on the slideshow to go to see the initial photos

Live from Milan

The Milan Salone de Mobile starts tomorrow! Inform’s own staff will be sending images directly from the fair for posting on our blog. So stay tuned for some unique and early shots from the fair.

Last years event hosted upwards of 300,ooo visitors, 1300 italian and foreign exhibitors, on more than 140,000 square meters.

Designed by Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, the Fiera Milano fair grounds has eight massive halls that can be separated for smaller spaces. The 1300m walk is covered with an undulating glass roof structure that reflects the forms of natural landscapes.

Learn more about the event at their official website

Milan – Salone de Mobile 2010 Previews

above the STELLAR chandelier by Tokujin Yoshioka for Swarovski Crystal Palace

The Salone de Mobile in Milan will be starting on April 14th. With attendance of over 300,000 last year, it is the biggest furniture design gathering of its kind.

I’ve been keeping my eyes on the net in hopes to see some previews and one week to go lots of media seems to be pouring onto the net. Here are some links to some postings around the net.

Stylepark – browse through their products, many of the latest entries will be released at this years fair

Wallpaper Magazine – take a look at their Salone highlights list for some insights

Here are some that peaked my interest:

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