Design Diary: Salone del Mobile 2017

By Oliver Burns

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April 6, 2017|Trends

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  • ur design team paid a visit to the bustling Italian city of Milan this week to attend the ever-inspiring Salone del Mobile. Running from the 4th-9th of April, this internationally renowned event showcases the very best in global furniture and homeware in a city celebrated for its creativity and culture. Running concurrently alongside Salone del Mobile is the International Lighting Exhibition, Euroluce, a biennial event displaying cutting edge lighting for both residential and commercial projects. Keep reading to discover our designers’ highlights from both shows as well as their trend predictions for the next season.

After a short flight from London Gatwick, we touched ground in the spectacular city of Milan. A global destination for both cutting-edge design and fashion, we were excited to explore what this inspiring city had to offer.  Even before entering Salone del Mobile, there was exquisite design to be observed around every corner; from a basilica that dates back to 387AD to the baroque interiors of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Milan provides the perfect backdrop for Salone del Mobile.

Day 1: Statement Lighting

Our first day was spent exploring the lighting hall, where a plethora of glittering chandeliers and innovative designs greeted us. The Pigna design by Novaresi instantly captivated our attention with its smoked glass in an elegant dome design. Swarovski was equally as beguiling, presenting a sea of dazzling crystals. At Euroluce, there was a comprehensive showcase of Swarovski’s latest lighting collection on display, as well as the revival of the Swarovski Crystal Palace collection. Another piece which we admired was the aptly-named Glamour chandelier by Cordon.  Inspired by nature, this chandelier features a cascade of suspended gold leaves.

Day 2: Luxury Design

We spent our second day in Milan in the expansive Luxury Hall, immersed in a world of sumptuous finishes and opulent design. Agate featured heavily in everything from decorative wallcoverings to table surfaces. Unique and unexpected surfaces where a key trend from faux shagreen to inverted scalloping, all making for invitingly tactile pieces. Art Deco was a clear source of inspiration this season with geometric shapes and repetitive patterns featuring heavily. Exhibiting at Salone del Mobile since 1973, luxury classic-contemporary furniture manufacturer Elledue illustrated this trend to beautiful effect, with sofas upholstered in velvet featuring an eye-catching chevron pattern. Chevron also appeared on vanity stools and bedside tables adding visual interest and texture.

Other trends we observed (and anticipate we will be seeing a lot more of this season) were  embroidery, stitching and braiding. These decorative techniques traditionally executed by skilled seamstresses have made the cross over from fashion to furniture to stunning effect. Our favourite examples included rich gold braid used to finish the armrests of sofas and intricate stitching on upholstery to create a raised design.

A truly inspiring trip, we look forward to thoughtfully weaving elements of the exquisite design we saw in Milan into some of our upcoming projects.

 

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