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Take the tour of the Salone del Mo­bile with us.

Known for be­ing one of the most in­flu­en­tial and glam­orous fash­ion cap­i­tals in the world, Mi­lan also turns into a mecca for de­sign afi­ciona­dos dur­ing the an­nual Mi­lan De­sign Week. The Salone del Mo­bile Mi­lano, oth­er­wise known as the Mi­lan Fur­ni­ture Fair, is the head­line at­trac­tion dur­ing the event. While the Salone is an in­dus­try event where buy­ers de­cide what con­sumers all over the world will see in fur­ni­ture show­rooms, it also cap­tures how the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try is re­spond­ing to global sen­ti­ment, and re­mains a har­bin­ger of fu­ture in­te­rior trends. Here’s a look at the five top trends seen at the fair that will be rock­ing the in­te­ri­ors world in the months to come.

Pro­duc­tion cre­ates waste, and some of this year’s most ad­mirable pro­jects are all about clos­ing the pro­duc­tion loop to not just elim­i­nate waste, but up­cy­cle it into items of beauty.

Dan­ish tex­tile com­pany Kvadrat showed off 12 benches de­signed by Max Lamb made of Solid Tex­tile Board, a ma­te­rial de­vel­oped by Re­ally. This high-qual­ity en­gi­neered board utilises end-of-life cot­ton and wool from fash­ion and tex­tile in­dus­tries, and house­holds, in a man­u­fac­tur­ing process that does not use wa­ter, dyes and toxic chem­i­cals.

In­stead of fab­ric, Span­ish de­signer Jorge Pe­nades up­cy­cled leather scraps for his Struc­tural Skin col­lec­tion, which first de­buted in 2015. This year, the leather left­overs came from French fash­ion house Her­mes, and went into cre­at­ing a mir­ror and ta­ble lamp. The leather is cut into strips, bonded and com­pressed, and then shaved at the edges to show off unique, al­most mar­ble-like, tex­tu­ral sur­faces.

Ecopixel showed us a new way to re­cy­cle plas­tics and make them into fur­ni­ture, specif­i­cally poly­eth­yl­ene, a “safer” plastic that melts at around 120 deg C with less harm to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Alu­minium is an­other ma­te­rial that doesn’t de­grade when melted and reused, and Amer­i­can com­pany

Emeco is known for working al­most ex­clu­sively with this ma­te­rial. Its new 1 Inch chair uses the same one-inch square ex­truded alu­minium tube as the iconic Navy chair for its frame de­signed by Bri­tish de­signer Jasper Morrison. The chair also has a pre­cise strength-to-weight ra­tio, us­ing the least amount of ma­te­rial to yield the max­i­mum amount of strength.

“Many stands at the fair were dimly lit with spot­lights to cre­ate cosy cor­ners. Ma­te­ri­als like brass and its var­i­ous fin­ishes were seen as the main fea­ture or ac­cents, and colours like dusty pink and deep green were seen ev­ery­where. A sort of Trop­i­cal Luxe Art Deco.”

– De­signer Hunn Wai of Lan­za­vec­chia + Wai.

Emer­ald green, of­ten paired with many vari­a­tions of pink, from pretty pas­tels to al­most salmon-like hues, dressed many pieces at the fair.

Pa­tri­cia Urquiola’s Liq­uefy ta­bles for Glas Italia mes­merised with their dy­namic swirls of colour en­cased in tem­pered ex­tra­light glass, which re­sem­ble ei­ther lux­u­ri­ous folds of silk or dramatic mar­ble vein­ing.

The el­e­gant deep-but­toned Ch­ester­field sofa made an ap­pear­ance in dark mil­i­tary green, as seen in the Ch­ester Line sofa by

Poltrona Frau. The pop­u­lar Bub­ble Club out­door seats by Philippe Starck for Kartell also ap­peared in new colours of pale pink and for­est green.

Pro­lific de­signer Jaime Hayon show­cased his new Ar­color sofa for

Ar­flex in a rose hue. Like so many pieces in pink this year, La Isla by Swedish de­sign stu­dio Note for San­cal is ro­tund and wel­com­ing. The name sig­ni­fies a place for refuge, de­signed for the hos­pi­tal­ity mar­ket with weary trav­ellers in mind.

From Lan­za­vec­chia + Wai, Francesca Lan­za­vec­chia’s Scrib­ble cof­fee ta­bles for metal spe­cial­ist De Castelli man­ages to un­cover the fem­i­nine essence of metal through its ex­pres­sive and fluid forms cast in cop­per brass and iron. The facets of its stain­less base tinted with pyrite bronze lends even more shine to the Pli ta­ble by French de­signer Vic­to­ria Wil­motte for Clas­si­con, mak­ing it seem like an over­sized jewel. The beloved Qee­boo Rab­bit by Ste­fano Gio­van­noni, on the other hand, gets the full me­tal­lic treat­ment with a rosy cop­per fin­ish.

Less showy, but no less at­trac­tive, are the Joco and Oki ta­bles by EOOS for

Wal­ter Knoll in hand-fin­ished brass. When light hits the laser-cut gem-like pat­tern on the sur­face of the Joco, the shad­ows that fall present an­other di­men­sion to its de­sign.

“In terms of trends, I think we are steer­ing away from min­i­mal­ism and go­ing for a more lay­ered con­cept. For ex­am­ple, more tex­tures like vel­vet, and a mix of richer hues, ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes such as wood, bronze, cop­per and leather.”

– Eileen Tan, mar­ket­ing man­ager of Space Fur­ni­ture

De­sign­ers have al­ways mined the past for in­spi­ra­tion and, this year, many pieces ref­er­enced the el­e­gance and re­fine­ment of the Art Deco era, keep­ing shapes clean and in­ject­ing lux­ury into the tac­til­ity of ma­te­ri­als, as well as some me­tal­lic bling. Gal­lotti & Radice pre­sented a par­tic­u­larly so­phis­ti­cated col­lec­tion by 10 de­sign­ers fea­tur­ing plush vel­vet up­hol­stery and pieces made with mar­ble, and wood in darker hues, with gleam­ing metal high­lights to add to that in­ti­mate feel.

In his first col­lab­o­ra­tion with Aus­trian her­itage brand Wittmann, Jaime Hayon went back in time to the revo­lu­tion­ary Vi­en­nese Mod­ernist pe­riod of the early 1900s for in­spi­ra­tion. Pieces in the Wittmann Hayon Work­shop in­clude liv­ing, din­ing and bed­room fur­ni­ture, all of which dis­play the fresh, play­ful and cur­va­ceous forms the Span­ish de­signer is known for, but clad in lux­u­ri­ous vel­vet.

“This year, I no­ticed pieces with clean and sim­ple lines, and fea­tur­ing na­ture as a theme.”

– Kwan Hon­may, retail and mer­chan­dis­ing di­rec­tor at Xtra

The bound­aries be­tween in­doors and out­doors are now com­pletely fluid. Fo­liage has in­vaded the in­doors in a huge way, whether in the form of liv­ing plants or botan­i­cal prints.

Over at the Moroso stand was Tord Boon­tje’s Meadow up­hol­stered seat­ing col­lec­tion, which sports im­ages from the wood­lands on is­land-like seats with legs of acrylic or wooden spheres. Ed­ward Van

Vliet’s Ikebana sofa sported fab­ric he de­signed, printed with photos of na­ture that are burst­ing with life and de­tail, thanks to the blend of linen and vis­cose in the fab­rics. The dig­i­tal prints cap­ture all the de­tails of the pho­to­graphic im­ages per­fectly.

Dri­ade Lab of­fered up fresh spring blooms on its Ziqqurat cab­i­nets and Zigazig ir­reg­u­lar-shape cof­fee ta­bles, cour­tesy of dig­i­tal print­ing on bi-lam­i­nate sur­faces.

One of the most In­sta­grammed im­ages of de­sign week must be Marc Ange’s Le Refuge daybed for de­sign web­site The In­vis­i­ble Col­lec­tion, in­stalled within the Me­di­ateca di Santa Teresa in the heart of Mi­lan. Avail­able in both in­door and out­door fin­ishes (and in this year’s hottest hues of green and pink), Ange says the de­sign is a pro­jec­tion of a child­hood mem­ory, that of an imag­i­nary jun­gle grow­ing in­doors, which shel­ters and pro­vides com­fort and peace.

The Struc­tural Skin ta­ble lamp, by Jorge Pe­nades. www. jorgepe­nades.com

2&3 Two of the 12 3m-long benches, de­signed by Max Lamb for Kvadrat. www.kvadrat.dk

Emeco’s 1 Inch chair. Emeco is avail­able at Space Fur­ni­ture.

Div­ina arm­chairs, by Jacco Bre­gonje for Felice Rossi. www.ecopixel.eu

Ar­flex Ar­color sofa by Jaime Hayon, avail­able from Space Fur­ni­ture.

Kartell Bub­ble Club chairs by Philippe Starck, avail­able from Space Fur­ni­ture.

La Isla by Note for San­cal, avail­able from Dream, Sin­ga­pore.

Poltrona Frau’s Ch­ester Line sys­tem. www. poltron­afrau.com

Pa­tri­cia Urquiola’s Liq­uefy ta­bles, for Glas Italia. www.gl­a­sitalia.com 57

Qee­boo Rab­bit chair by Ste­fano Gio­van­noni, avail­able from Jour­ney East, Sin­ga­pore.

Francesca Lan­za­vec­chia’s Scrib­ble cof­fee ta­bles for De Castelli. www.lan­za­vec­chi­awai.com

Joco and Oki cof­fee ta­bles for Wal­ter Knoll, avail­able from Proof Liv­ing.

Clas­si­con Pli ta­ble, avail­able from Space Fur­ni­ture.

Mini­form Dalila side­board, avail­able from Xtra.

San­cal Mag­num bar stools, avail­able from Dream, Sin­ga­pore.

Cook­ies cof­fee ta­ble, by Pi­etro Russo for Gal­lotti & Radice. www. gal­lot­ti­radice.it

Jaime Hayon’s Wings bed and Vuelta lounge chair, for Wittmann. www. wittmann.at

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Ziqqurat by Dri­ade Lab is avail­able as a sin­gle, dou­ble ble or triple stack of f boxes, from Plat­form mLiv­ing, Liv­ing, Sin­ga­pore

Marc Ange’ss Le Refuge in­stal­la­tion,stal­la­tion, for The In­vis­i­ble ble Col­lec­tion. www.thein­vis­i­ble ible col­lec­tion.com m

The Meadow w fam­ily of up­hol­stered ol­stered benches by Tor­dord Boon­tje for Moroso, avail­able at Xtra. tra.

Ed­ward Van n Vliet’s Ikebana sofa, avail­able at Xtra. tra.

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