SALONE DEL MOBILE 2017

Ciao Milan!

During Milan Design Week thousands of people converge from around the world to experience the best in design. Salone del Mobile forms part of the program, where companies unveil new products and display iconic best sellers in stands constructed to the quality of luxury showrooms. Imagine being submerged in the most beautiful and enviable designer furniture and lighting, within the style capital of Italy - just two words describe the experience - Sensory. Overload.

The trending interior colors of pale pastels, jewel-toned teal, emerald green were all on show with burnt orange and ochre yellow new additions to the palette.  A soft transparency of these colors also appeared in glass lighting and accessories. Styling details, like layering tables of varying heights to form a coffee table arena, different style bedside tables, draping greenery on bookshelves and hanging lamps low over furnishings were common themes. Serpentine-shaped sofas in the style of Vladimir Kagan, earthy neutrals in muted shades, plush velvet, and stone infused with orange, comprised many of the new collections.

Other inspiring highlights were innovations where design meets technology. The stunning LED wallpaper and fabric designed by Meystyle, colorful waterproof textiles in outdoor pendants by Contardi Lighting and other leading brands like Ketall who used building techniques of classic wooden boats for longevity of their outdoor furniture. Review all of these and more in pictures on my instagram and here. 

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MODERNISM WEEK

Hello Palm Springs!

If mid-century modern architecture is your design style then Palm Springs is your destination, especially during Modernism Week when the city celebrates all aspects of mid-century design and its aesthetic preservation. Less than a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, the scenery surrounding the city is striking with hundreds of wind turbines 'planted' into the desert hills.

It is worth taking an architectural house tour to see the most famous mid-century modern homes. Many were designed by iconic architects such as Richard Neutra, William Wexler and E. Stewart Williams who designed 'Twin Palms' for Frank Sinatra . The period furniture, interior courtyards and outdoor entertainment spaces, most include stunning swimming pools, leave you wanting to just move in. Large cacti and succulents share the manicured gravel gardens with towering palm trees that look more like they belong in the tropics than in a desert.

Venture just outside Palm Springs to experience Doug Aitken’s “Mirage” art installation of a ranch style house clad entirely with mirrors. It both absorbs and reflects the surrounding landscape making the house seemingly disappear. My pictures were taken in late afternoon under a cloudy sky but the reflections in full sun are even more dramatic.

PS. Join me for my next Field Note from Salone del Mobile in Italy.

 

PITTI IMMAGINE FILATI

Buongiorno Florence!

On the heels of fashion week in Florence, Pitti Immagine Filati launched the anticipated 2018 Spring/Summer lifestyle trends for the textile and knitwear industry. Before fashion hits the catwalk, this is where it all takes shape. An exhibition titled "The Passenger," dedicated to all things travel, was the centerpiece for revealing the concepts. Fashion and accessories were styled against a backdrop of lifestyle videos, suitcases of textile swatches, and oversized cotton reels in each of the nine color palettes. 

Italian and foreign exhibitors showcased their innovation in materials and construction. 3-D printing, laser-cut technology and software formed the basis of an impressive collection of textiles. Many of the design details reflected the latest in interior design trends: padded jackets that resemble quilted seat upholstery, metallic threads which mirror what is being woven in rugs and of course, the big trend color for interiors, green.

Walking among fashion buyers, designers, and the world's most influential stylemakers added to the exciting discovery of the future direction in fashion.

PS. Join me for my next Field Note from Modernism Week in Palm Springs.

 

MAISON ET OBJET 2017

Bonjour Paris!

Not all furniture trade fairs are created equal in size and display but Maison et Objet didn’t disappoint, exhibiting the latest trends in home furnishings, accessories and lifestyle products. It was a chance to preview new collections from the leading home brands and meet smaller artisans from across Europe. Design inspiration for interior styling, storefront merchandising and event decoration was plentiful, a small taste of the fabulousness, is shown on Instagram and here. 

Always looking to inject a little humor into interior design, a stand out was Lord Lou’s new Copycat Art Scratcher. It will have cats jumping and scratching for joy. “Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase" would be perfectly suited with Moooi Carpets Eden Queen by Marcel Wanders and the stylish kids furniture from Cybex Parents Collection. 

Pantone Color of The Year 2017, and various shades of green, was the standout color on most stands. Cactus and hanging plants replace the forever popular Ficus and succulents as the new ‘it’ plants - either real or faux. 

Other design highlights included elements of nature, jungle pattern, colored glass, luxe metallic accents, and handmade objects. 

PS. Join me for my next Field Note from Pitti Immagine Filati in Italy.