This year was my first time visiting Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the worlds largest & most important international design event & trade fair.

The fair is absolutely mammoth (345,000 m2 of exhibition space across 24 halls showcasing the who’s who international design) + there are countless exhibitions, installations and design events throughout Milan for design week.

For one week in April, anyone who’s anyone in the design world descends on the Italian City to check out everything that is new in furniture, lighting, kitchens, bathrooms & home décor, because the fair & accompanying design week work as a platform, that sets the tone for almost all the design trends that will dominate home & interior design in the year to come.

The hottest trends at Milan Design Week year, as seen by this Geelong Interior Designer (Which you may spot in the images through the rest of this blog post) were…

Colour, colour & more colour – From soft pastels & dusty tones through to daring vibrant brights, colour was the standout trend with pinks (Lots of pink!), greens, blues & yellows being the most striking.

Blue & Green should be seen...
Arcom Bango's Rosewood hued Bathroom...
1 of 4 Collages presented by Vitra...

Metals – Whilst black metal prevailed, brass, bronze & nickel feature strongly

Miele show cased their technologies with brass surfaces...
Objeckto Cantilever Chairs...

Texture – Layering of luxurious fabrics especially plush velvets & felted wools. Tactile ceramics. Lush rugs. Inlaid timber. Coarse weaves.

Tiles handmade from volcanic stone that begged to be touched by Lithea ...
CC-TAPIS presented their stunning Slinkie Rug...
Texture on the walls & floor...

Stone – Marble, granite, travertine and terrazzo in dark, deep, bold colours with dramatic grains and veining. Cast resin was also a hit.

Draw droopingly beautiful resin creations from Patricia Urquiola for Budri...
Black Marble...
Stone surfaces abounded...

Arches & Curves – Circular, arched & oval shapes were everywhere, curvy is the new square from sofas and cabinetry to lighting and coffee tables

Bonalando were all curves with their Cabinet Curiostè Bookshelves & Panorama Sofa...
Ceilo's wall of basins in every hue...
Victoria & Albert were bang on trend with curves, marble & pink...

Integrated Design – Think multifunctional furniture, hidden storage, seamless cooktops & disguised technology.

Induction cooking from Hubstone...
Flexible space from Arper...

Dark Woods – Sumptuous walnuts, teaks and mahogany added depth and sophistication for a more grown up, timeless appeal.

Wall to wall storage in dark timber tones...
Pastels pinks & soft blues with rich dark timber...
Earthy tones...

Retro 70’s influences – Plump furniture, retro shapes, clashing patterns, bright hues & bold glazed pottery abounded.

Buddy by Busetti Maruti for Pedrali...
Colourful retro ceramics...
Laufen reimagining the powder room...

 

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