Maybe it’s the recession, but it seems like the recurring trend this year at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair was cutting down on materials and cost. With the attendance numbers dwindling from last year, and manufacturers bringing in fewer products than they used to, most products literally looked like they were stripped down to their barebones – but in a good way of course. Despite how the recession’s affected everyone around the world, a bright spot that emerged was an attitude of extending and prolonging the use of products through thoughtful designs craftsmanship. The New York Times does a superb job of summing up the furniture fair in their article and Interactive Feature.
Needless to say, environmentally friendly consciousness was again a prevalent theme at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair. Philips took the opportunity to introduce an assortment of LED lighting products. The Ledino collection as they have called it, is a new collection that ended up picking the Lights of the Future Award. An extensive report and photos of the Euroluce Lighting Exhibition at Milan Furniture Fair can be seen at Inhabitat.