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Milano.

This year's Milan Furniture Fair was the first to be held in the newly inaugurated Fiera megastructure by Massimiliano Fuksas on the north-west outskirts of the city. Within the centre, the showroom scene was as frenetic as ever, as furniture companies engaged in a gruelling programme of launches and lunches. Clutching a glass of flat prosecco, Catherine Slessor reports.

501 VITRA

Semi-abstract sculptural figures inspired by folk art, first designed in 1963 by Alexander Girard (a contemporary of George Nelson and the Eames), now colourfully revived by Vitra.

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502 LAPALMA

OC chair by Simon Pengelly for Lapalma with sinuous plywood veneer shell on a wire base.

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503 ESTABLISHED & SONS

Subtly curvaceous Drift bench by Amanda Levete of Future Systems for Established & Sons.

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504 KLAESSONS

Mayflower chair in injection-moulded plastic by Swedish architects Lars Petterson and Thomas Bernstrand for Klaessons.

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505 ESTABLISHED & SONS

Aqua dining or conference table by Zaha Hadid for Established & Sons. The challenging geometry of the design is seamlessly executed in gloss finish polyurethane.

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506 SEGIS

Slide chair by Matteo Thun for Segis in transparent coloured polycarbonate on a chrome frame. Sweet wrapper shades enhance the sensation of lightness.

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507 SEGIS

Jo-Lie chair by Roberto Romanello for Segis. Sinuous one-piece seat and back-mounted on a swivel or sled base (shown here).

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508 VITRA

Roc room dividing system by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra.

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509 MOROSO

Ukiyo occasional tables by Kazuhiko Tomita for Moroso inspired by the luxuriance of Japanese kimono fabrics.

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510 HORM

Elegantly sculpted Min bed by Toyo Ito for Horm.

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511 VITRA

Worker armchair by Hella Jongerius for Vitra combines earthy hand-crafted elements with technological sophistication.

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512 ARPER

Leaf lounge chair by Lievore, Altherr, Molina for Arper. Steel structure with a chrome finish, suitable for indoor or al fresco use. Also comes with optional (but perhaps essential) cushions.

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513 KREATY

Delfy Lux stackable chair by Gino Carollo for Ciacci Kreaty. Chrome or steel legs with a technopolymer seat and back in a range of hues.

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514 MOROSO

Antibodi chaise longue by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso upholstered in lightly padded felt and wool 'petals'.

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515 HORM

Riddled storage cupboard by Steven Holl for Horm in walnut veneer held in an anodised aluminium frame. The distinctive laser-cut tracery continues Holl's explorations with porosity.

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516 MOROSO

Ripple chair by Ron Arad for Moroso dressed in fabric by lssey Miyake and Dai Fujiwara.

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517 ZANOTTA

Veryround laser-cut sheet steel lounge chair by Louise Campbell for Zanotta.

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Date:May 1, 2006
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