Our team attended Salone del Mobile Milan last week seeing all the latest inspirational designs and innovations within the industry. We saw a strong eastern influence following through the design aesthetic with a key focus on eco-friendly materials. A new form of craft is emerging, with traditional techniques being re-worked for the 21st century. Alongside the more organic and hand-crafted influences we are also seeing future innovations coming through conceptual lighting and innovative interactive spaces, making us re-adjust to our surroundings.
Trendstop has identified the top trends emerging from the fair that are set to impact the design world for the future season.
An eastern influence is infused with eco-inspired designs. Untreated wood and bamboo are interwoven together to create a contemporary hanging ornament for the home as demonstrated by Hiroyuki Morita and Yen-Hao Chu. Smooth surfaced wooden bowls have a clean simplicity about them, with contrasting black lacquer finishes as shown by Transitions II.
Left to right: Hiroyuki Morita and Yen-Hao Chu and Transitions II
Delving deep into the future and discovering the new. Vibrant neon lamps resemble the shape of a light bulb. These simple yet future-forward styles make their place in the home replacing the everyday lamp as shown by Carnevale Studio. Oversized free-standing light installations create a portable light source, with a singular strip of neon light and chrome finish by Viichendesign.
Left to right: Carnevale Studio and Viichendesign
Explore the new-age environment with Negative Spaces. Social spaces are transformed with negative space installations, filling the surrounding space but still remaining non-invasive due to their negative qualities. These new-age spaces are demonstrated by Foscarini Fare Luce and Nendo in their Invisible Outlines installation.
Left to right: Foscarini Fare Luce and Nendo Invisible Outlines
Traditional craft is elevated with the introduction of New-World Craft. Hand-woven qualities feature within the products but are given a contemporary twist. Fresh colourways and interrupted weaves create a modern take on a traditional technique. These new craft techniques are demonstrated by Missoni Home and Richa Gujadhur.
Left to right: Richa Gujadhur and Missoni Home
The Earths Core
Go beyond the surface and into the core. Earth inspired designs feature contemporary alternatives on natural materials fur representing moss textures by Jiwonxkim, while resin surfaces reflect the natural core of the earth, cutting into the core and seeing what’s within it which is designed by Ecal.
Left to right: Jiwonxkim and Ecal
Tactile tissue textures evoke a fresh from paper feel. Plastic moulded chairs feature tissue inspired surrounds, adding an added 3D element to the designs. This play on surface creates a interesting contrast, interjecting smooth surfaces with hand crinkled surrounds. These styles are created by Design Customs and Rong.
Left to right: Design Customs and Rong
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