Supersalone 2021

  I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Italy to attend Supersalone 2021, the special 2021 Salone del Mobile.Milano event that was created as a solution to the problem created by – as they say in Italy, the “Emergenza COVID.” For going on 60 years “Salone” has been arguably the most important furniture, furnishings, lighting, textiles, kitchens and bathroom show in the world. It is usually held in April, so the March 2020 pandemic lockdown put an end to the long string of uninterrupted annual events. When it became obvious that April 2021 would be a non-starter as well, organizers and key stakeholders started planning for a scaled down, but exciting event to be held in September of 2021, when the prospect of vaccines and a clearing public health forecast seemed to make such a plan realistic. Acknowledging the wishes of many exhibitors to get in front of their …