This week the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (aka Milan Design Week) opened in Milan, showcasing an endless collection of the latest home-furnishing designs from Italy and around the world. This year marks the Salone’s 52nd edition and features a strong focus on innovation and the use of natural materials. Over 2,500 exhibitors filled the 204,850 square meters (2.2 million square feet) of the Rho Milan Fairgrounds in Italy, and we were lucky enough to be among the 300,000 visitors to attend this year’s event.

After wandering through the maze of design houses, we've put together a photo gallery of what we think were some of the more unique and cutting edge furniture designs. It was great to see that many of the production firms have incorporated a strong environmental theme into their collections, whether it be the use of natural, untreated or recycled materials, or the physical inclusion of living plants.

Natural Nanimarquina, Milan Design Week 2013 (Photo: Edoardo Campanale/Gizmag)

Kenneth Cobonpue, Milan Design Week 2013 (Photo: Edoardo Campanale/Gizmag)

Manutti, Milan Design Week 2013 (Photo: Edoardo Campanale/Gizmag)

Tirolo Sedie, Milan Design Week 2013 (Photo: Edoardo Campanale/Gizmag)

Salone, Milan Design Week 2013 (Photo: Edoardo Campanale/Gizmag)

Running alongside the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the SaloneSatellite celebrates its 16th edition, involving 700 emerging young designers under the age of 35. Additionally, the FuoriSalone program sees hundreds of independent designers and architects inhabit local shops, buildings and public spaces in and around central Milan, showcasing an array of creative and innovative designs with the hope of launching their work into commercial production.

Stay tuned for more details on some of the exciting new designs we encountered in those shows, but in the meantime head to the gallery for lots more pics of the fascinating designs gracing the Milan Fairgrounds this week.

For more info on the show see Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

All photos: Edoardo Campanale/Gizmag