SALONE DEL MOBILE 2019

Ciao Milan!

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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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.

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