Claudio Luti, Kartell, photo © Francesco Brigida
Claudio Luti, Kartell, photo © Francesco Brigida

Claudio Luti has resigned from the Salone del Mobile presidency in a surprising move. He announced his decision ahead of a board meeting of FederlegnoArredo, the Italian timber trade body that owns the Salone del Mobile brand. Luti says that until just a few days before he had been working on creating the conditions in which Salone 2021 could be held as planned in September. “Leaving the Salone presidency at such a delicate and complex moment is a difficult and painful decision,” said Claudio Luti. “Over the years I have worked hard to establish the event as a representation of the industry at an international level, however there are no longer the conditions in which I can pursue my vision of bringing together the sector for the common good.”

With Luti’s resignation, the plans to hold Salone del Mobile in September this year are up in the air again. Italian media reports that he resigned because of fears that this year’s fair would be unable to take place due to lower exhibitor and visitor numbers. The international furniture fair was planned to open its doors in Milan from 5 to 10 September after Covid-19 caused it to be postponed from its traditional April slot. Luti resigned just a few days after the Italian government announced plans to lift several Covid restrictions and allow trade fairs again as of 1 July.

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