This was my first experience of Milan Design Week and it was every bit as exciting, inspiring and exhausting as I had been promised. We were there for a total of 3 days, during which time we managed to spend a day in the huge exhibition centre that is the Fiera, and the other days in the centre of Milan discovering the many showrooms, pop-ups and magnificent old buildings around the Brera Design District whilst soaking in the buzzing atmosphere and culture.
I managed to make a few notes along the way and here is my summery of key trends that resonated with me.
Marble and marble effects were everywhere, from flooring, to furniture to lighting.
The Salvatore showroom was an exceptional showcase of their beautiful natural stone ranges combining different textures, finishes and colours.
The new Tom Dixon restaurant The Manzoni used a striking green marble on its flooring and tables.
I felt like I was walking through my childhood home in the PalermoUno apartment (yes my home did actually resemble this!) Layers of vibrant colours and patterns with super cool retro lounge furniture were a joy.
Curves and Circles
Arched doorways and windows have slowly been creeping into design over the past year and these curvaceous shapes were definitely still a strong theme amongst many of the brands. I particularly loved the Ceramics brand Cedit’s stand and their collaboration with designer Cristina Celestino where the curve is a key feature. These stunning large format tiles can be mixed and matched to create a variety of different combinations and shapes.
Another great example was by linoleum company Tarkett, who had collaborated with Note Design Studio bringing together a range of Terrazzo effect linoleum that was exhibited in the form of giant curvaceous pillars that stood proudly balancing precariously shapes on top, highlighting the malleability of the material.
There was a huge variety of textured tiles which were used on many surfaces, including living room walls, fire surrounds and furniture. My most memorable room was this fabulous set by Menu World where I decide to take the weight off my feet for a bit!
Other key trends I spotted this year were colour blocking, accents of pillar box red and the use of sustainable materials.
It will be interesting to see how these trends filter into interiors over the coming months. I know I have picked up a few ideas that I can’t wait to explore in some of my own projects!
I can’t leave without mentioning a few other special visits I made. The first being the Gucci interiors store. Being a lover of maximalism, I was blown away by the sheer layering of prints. The store was so OTT that it blew me away!
The second place really set my heart racing, and this was the L’Ora Dannata Exhibition by Carlos Amorales at the Adolfo Pine Foundation. A breathtaking building with marble staircases and walls, frescoed and vaulted ceilings and exquisite art. As you walked through the vast rooms you were taken on an out of worldly experience as you were surrounded by a myriad of intricate black butterflies.
Well it’s Ciao for now but I really hope to be back next year!