SALONE DEL MOBILE 2019

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Milano Design Week is an exciting window into what’s next in furniture and design. It captures all the latest trends, newest styles, materials and products, and provides inspiration from leading design brands.

Here are just a few highlights from the vast furniture and lighting-filled halls at Salone del Mobile 2019.

Many new accessory lines and designer collaborations with furniture brands were launched. Moooi collaborated with Japan Blue, Denim City and Ecco to present “Tokyo Blue”, an intersection of technology, research and design with indigo-dyed textiles and leather. Woven into striking wall and furniture coverings it is an extension of their ‘Extinct Animals’ nature series. Nanimarquina, known for its sustainable rugs, introduced “Wellbeing” by creative designer Ilse Crawford. The accessory line included a hammock, wall tapestry, throw and cushions, made using traditional craft techniques and local artisans.  Danish brand Fritz Hansen unveiled their latest collaboration with Jaime Hayton “Lounge Chair JH97”. Sculptural and mid-century in form, the classic shape was inspired by a pelican. The slender tracks of FLOS Architectural new track lighting system gives the flexibility of being positioned on walls or ceilings. Magnets are the magic, allowing the fixture to be repositioned without the need for tools. The outcome is tech-modern with a minimalist aesthetic. 

The on-trend color palette was captured in a carpet by Zeitraum. Dusty pink, clay terracotta, moss green, ochre yellow, pale and deep blue gave a Post Modernism vibe to furniture color and shape - think eighties architect and painter Michael Graves. Velvet and oak wood, chrome and mirror surfaces, graphic textural pattern and inspiration from nature were recurring themes.

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MAISON ET OBJET 2017

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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. 

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