Last week over 400,000 companies, creatives, communicators and professionals from the interior design world descended on Milan for the 57th edition of the Salone del Mobile, Milano. Aside from the furniture and design trade fair, visitors were treated to numerous satellite fairs, talks and design news. One of the Milan Design Week highlights are the design districts where historic buildings, industrial spaces, inner courtyards and maker’s spaces are open to the public and transformed into creative exhibitions and installations aimed at delighting and inspiring visitors.
One of the more popular events was the Archiproducts Design Exhibition, located on Via Tortona, in Milan’s ‘zona Tortona’. Archiproducts Milano is the co-net-working hub dedicated to architects, designers and brands and this year the design hotspot showcased 70 exclusively selected international brands. Exhibited over two floors, the space was awash with vibrant colours, pattern and materials. Niki Brantmark of My Scandinavian Home was on the ground to check out the latest trends.
Blush, terracotta and ochre accents: while blush and dusty pink continues to delight the design world, the interior will pack more of a punch this year with injections of earthy terracotta, chestnut brown and ochre. Dark blue, green (emerald and sage) and raspberry are also set to be popular.
Stone: while wood remains a driving force in 2018, other natural materials such as concrete, marble, terrazzo and limestone have risen up the rankings to add texture, tactility and architectural interest to the home and workspace.
Slim black metal: geometric furniture made from luxe, slim, black metal in a matt finish makes a subtle yet striking contrast to the softer pink hues this year. Often, a touch of brass (which continues to remain strong this year) is used to add a sophisticated and luxurious finish to the piece.
Velvet: sumptuous and tactile, this woven tufted fabricbrings a touch of decadence to the living space. Think soft furnishings such as upholstered sofas, poufs and curtains in deep raspberry, emerald green, pink and navy. Combine with brass to bring the look bang up to date.
Smart technology: pioneering technological advances have meant people are able to connect with their home in new, smart ways. Think invisible light sources for a magical, luminous presence and sensors that allow a light to be dimmed by the closeness of a hand: no switch required.
Texture: in 2018 playing with texture adds immediate interest and warmth to a space. Think sculptural objects with subtle patterns, lines and geometry, layers of shag pile rugs, sheepskin and throws and walls with a rough patina that will make you want to reach out and touch them.
The screen’s big come-back: as living spaces become more open-plan interior aficionados are turning to traditional ways to partition of sections of the room. Forget screens of yesteryear though, the room-divider has been given a subtle facelift taking on minimalist or scalloped forms and featuring understated patterns in the lightest tones of pink, off-white or plain wood.
Dried flowers: while 2017 was all about the lush, green urban jungle, this year subtle, earthy dried flowers, petrified branches, and the most coveted of all: pampas grass are the botanical subject of choice.
By Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home blog www.myscandinavianhome.com