Having come and gone, Salone Del Mobile has made its footprint on the industry. The freshest fashion trends have been ignited and can be seen flaring throughout the industry. Here are some of the biggest trends to have been highlighted at the monumental Milan Design week;
Something which could be seen last year, and that has blossomed this year, is designs that primarily consider the need for compact living. With city dwellers fleeing from escalating house prices, more and more people are living in smaller, more flexible living spaces. The design world has taken heed of this and integrated these aspects into a diversity of products.
Designing for Refugees
Another trend we can see responding to real-time issues is designs that accommodate for the needs of refugees. Back in January of this year students from London’s Royal College of Art designed a coat that also serves as a tent or a sleeping bag. It seems to be the young students who are concerned with such creative endeavours, responding to current problems rather than designing beautiful objects for collectors. This was a prevalent theme this year.
Following the untimely death of legendary architect Zaha Hadid, the architecture and design communities are still reeling from the shock. Her last design, the ‘mew’ table was completed just a few days before her passing and presented at the Sawaya & Moroni showroom. It’s an amphibious structure that takes a fluid, sweeping origami form that could suit both home and office environments. As testimony and tribute to her brilliance, a range of her designs could be seen throughout Milan Design week, as well as the items produced by the many designers influenced by her style and grace.
Designing for Children
Nendo’s transparent rocking horse sums up a recurrent theme of the exhibitions this year; design for children. Presented at Kartell’s booth, the all-acrylic rocking horse makes for a fun toy, whilst also having a stylish appeal to adults, perhaps even those without children! The theme is clearly a big deal in design this year, with all kinds of furniture, from rockers to embroidered high chairs, being on display.
Stained Glass Design
Reviving the age-old art of stained glass window paning, designers experimented with a mixture of mediums resulting in some fascinating products. Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe combined their arts together, graphic design and furniture design, to create a capturing collection of graphic furnishings. We’ll certainly be seeing more of these coloured glass elements in furniture design throughout the year.
Luxurious Garden Furniture
With a theme of ‘Luxury in Outdoor Furniture’, Serralunga expanded the parametres of what outdoor furniture stands for, as well as many other stands at Salone Del Mobile. We saw an unprecedented elegance in the garden furniture, as the garden becomes more of a casual living space to socialise with friends and family, and less of a one-time barbeque spot.
Once again the catalyst for the growth and development of architectural and interior design, Milan Design week, has struck the world of fashion with some fascinating notes!