What Matters

June 2024 Issue

Sofa So Good

Salone del Mobile is the epitome of modern interior design exhibitions, renowned globally for its cutting-edge innovations and trendsetting showcases. Held in Milan, the heart of fashion and design, it attracts top designers, brands, and enthusiasts from around the world, creating a melting pot of creativity and inspiration. Milan’s rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts scene provide the perfect backdrop for this prestigious event, blending traditional elegance with contemporary flair. The city’s dynamic atmosphere and iconic style elevate Salone del Mobile, making it not just a furniture show, but a cultural phenomenon that defines the future of modern interiors. This synergy of Milan’s design legacy and Salone’s forward-thinking ethos cements its status as the best furniture show in the world.  Here are the six highlights from this year’s fair.


Eco-friendly designs were all the rage. From recycled materials to energy-efficient manufacturing processes, sustainability was the buzzword. One standout was Kartell’s new eco-friendly plastic line, proving that green can be chic. The material pictured is made from agricultural waste.

Di Più è Di Più (MORE IS MORE)

After years of minimalism reigning supreme, maximalism roared back to life. Bold patterns, vibrant colors, and opulent textures were everywhere. Think Gucci’s maximalist furniture collection – at least your red wine won’t stain!


The elegance of the Roaring Twenties made a grand reappearance. Art Deco-inspired designs with geometric patterns, rich colors, and luxurious materials were a nod to the past with a contemporary twist. Baxter’s collection perfectly encapsulated this trend with its sophisticated and modern pieces.


Modular furniture that adapts to various living situations was a central theme. With urban living spaces getting smaller, designs that offer flexibility without compromising on style were highly appreciated. Pedrali’s configurable sofas, ottomans, and back cushions were crowd favorites.


Statement lighting fixtures were impossible to ignore. Oversized, dramatic, and often sculptural, these pieces were more than just functional; they were art. Flos showcased some awe-inspiring designs that blurred the line between lighting and sculpture.


Outdoor spaces received just as much attention as indoor ones. Stylish and durable outdoor furniture was displayed, making al fresco living more glamorous than ever. Dedon’s latest collection combined weather-resistant materials with chic designs, perfect for sophisticated outdoor lounging.


All’s well that Enswell in Philadelphia. The team behind Rival Bros. coffee has opened a café by day and a cocktail bar and restaurant by night. The dining room is an homage to Art Deco (see story above) designed by Stokes Architecture + Design. And the menu? They had us at crab hash browns (with a gin martini, of course).

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This month we’re excited to share our #IMCatch22 project – a very special project for repeat clients that we’ve had the pleasure to work with more than once.

While they’ve remained perfectly comfortable in their spacious, well-appointed and optimally located luxury condo in the sought-after West-End neighborhood of Washington, DC for a little over a decade, the recent change to more time at home led to a desire to refresh.

Our main objective this time around was to revive a too dark (and slightly dreary) primary bedroom into a light, airy and peaceful space that beckons one to stay, linger and curl up with a good book in the cozy reading chair near the window.

In addition to the bedroom transformation, our team was tapped with the task of strategically and selectively updating and refreshing a few key pieces in other areas to improve functionality while complementing the existing design and décor.