Salone del Mobile 2017 - Trends
One thing we understand well here at Seasons in Colour is that consumers like CHANGE. And with every design show that takes place, we get closer to our interior design and styling aspirations. This week saw Europe's finest Interiors brands set up their stands in fashion capital of the world, Milan, (I know France had Coco darling, but still, no one does textiles and leather goods like the Italians, and that's a fact!). The Salone del Mobile is the equivalent of France's Maison et Objet, bringing together big, huge, names in Italian furniture as well as smaller names that just start out but bring along tons of inspirational designs and innovation.
Launched in September 1961, the Salone originally focused on showcasing Italian furniture and manufacturers. It has grown so much that a number of European brands now join the design week, including a number of UK well known brands.The Salone del Mobile is all about the product: pieces presented here for the first time are going to be trending next year on the High Street (if we are lucky). Pieces that are born of innovation, research and quality.
The key word to have in mind this seasons is CONTEMPORARY ELEGANCE. Think luxury, and bespoke products that address client needs - it feels as if Brexit never happened, and there's no recession in Italy or elsewhere in Europe. With elegance and luxury comes a certain minimalism. Cleans lines in furniture but enriched in their texture and materials.
One brand that ticks all the boxes with their latest collection is Gallotti & Radice, a brand that has collaborated with artisans (another trend) and whose double-sided Flabello table mirrors by Lanzavecchia+Wai "underscore the imperfect beauty and uniqueness of the artisanal etching". The design is for a a two-faced table mirror & divider inspired by the ancient Egyptian Flabellum fans and it's part of the SaloneSatellite 20 years Collection (this is the annual young designers exhibition).