If you have ever been to Salone del Mobile, the fair that brings all the design world to Milano, you know what to expect. You need a pair of very comfortable shoes, a good, detailed plan of what you want to see including a map, lots of energy (or preferably a proper gym preparation) and a week off. And still, you won’t be able to see all! Apart from the Rho Fiera exhibition, the city if full of ‘fuorisalone’ design events, of all sizes, from small showrooms in unexpected locations to massive warehouses showcasing the best of latest trends, where you can spend entire days, staring at incredible design, followed by evening cocktail parties with the fashionable crowd. This is what ‘Isaloni’ is, but also so much more! I have walked thousands of meters and I’ve been inspired in so many different ways that I will need a bit more time to process all the information. But, in the meantime, I will start sharing with you bits and pieces of what I observed. Starting from the top trends, followed by my highlights and more detailed posts featuring specific products. I hope you will enjoy seeing Milan design week through my eyes.
So what were the most visible trends?
1. Dusty pinks – blush and peach hues in a combination with richer tones for example tengerine or terracota has been one of the trending color combinations during Salone del Mobile. From upholstery to finishes there is a wide range of products to choose from. Often paired with shades of gray, resulting in a cooler, less girly look.
+ OSILOI – a beauty station by Rui Pereira + Ryosuke Fukusada | Portugal + Japan
+ Reddish ceramics by Made by rENs, peach coloured, with a unique procedure by placing each item in liquid pigment. The colour soaks into material leaving traces and drawing a pattern, without human intervention (sometimes it can take even several months).
+ Muuto – the leading Scandinavian design company stand was all about bold pink colors, paired with gray.
2. Copper details – many would argue that the warm metallic finish is way out of date however, copper elements are still present in most of the new collections, as observed at the fair.
+ Copper pendants by Olga Bielawska
+ Pendants by Raw Narratives
+ Copper lamp by Baux.
3. The ‘naked’ wood – furniture made from the raw, unfinished wood, fitting into the natural living and ‘green’ trend. The pieces are popping out in many different categories, from modern sideboards to bar stools.
+ Sideboard by Icons furniture
+ Raw living furniture by Italian brand – Riva 1920
4. Hand-Blown, tinted glass – from lighting to vases, the simple yet elegant looking blown glass is very much on trend.
+ Oda – lamps by Pulpo
5. Cosmic trend – many elements referring to the recent cosmic trend and anything planetary – from star stools, galaxy dishes to space jars and glittery moon table cloths.
+ Cosmic Stools by Ethnicraft
+ Bubble, cosmic table cloth by Studiosy Brandy
So what do you think? Loving it or not so much? Any particular trend caught your eye?
I will be back with my personal highlights from the design week featuring many talented designers and interesting finds!
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Have a great day! xo
Pictures: Agata Dimmich / Passion shake