the de­sign re­port

Hot­foot­ing it back from Mi­lan’s Salone del Mo­bile, the biggest event on the de­sign cal­en­dar, Livingetc re­veals the coolest trends head­ing to Bri­tish shores…

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Livingetc’s guide to the lat­est looks on show at mi­lan’s

Salone del Mo­bile – all com­ing your way soon…

Each April, de­sign in­sid­ers gather in Mi­lan as brands from all over the world launch their lat­est col­lec­tions. Ev­ery­one’s ea­ger to see what the new trends will be, from the most pop­u­lar colours and ma­te­ri­als to the way the stands are styled (think glossy, lux­u­ri­ous room sets – no space or ex­pense spared). This year sig­nals a re­turn to happy colour. The trend for mil­len­nial pink mor­phed into a combo of pas­tel shades in­spired by Fifties de­sign. Green reigned supreme as the must-have hue, while ex­otic mar­bles and jew­ellike light­ing are set to bring op­u­lence back into the home. For all th­ese trends and more, read on…


This pretty colour pal­ette harks back to mid-cen­tury de­sign at its most chic. The ul­tra-fifties combo of pink and grey is still go­ing strong, but is en­hanced with off­beat shades such as ter­ra­cotta, olive green and chalky yel­low. Mi­lan duo Stu­diopepe’s de­sign con­cept apart­ment, called The Visit, was a master­class in retro colours, with mu­rals on walls, fur­ni­ture clas­sics and mod­ern tex­tiles. Gal­lotti&radice and Natuzzi of­fered up arm­chairs in punchy burnt or­ange and zesty green. Kartell chose ice-cream pas­tels for its Jel­lies table­ware by Pa­tri­cia Urquiola, while Di­more Stu­dio’s pat­terned tiles were one of the most In­sta­grammed launches.

In­spired by origami, th­ese hand-painted tiles fea­ture mid-cen­tury-style mixes such as rose pink and dark green. Cor­rispon­denza tiles, price on re­quest, Di­more Stu­dio for Ceram­ica Bardelli

Mid-cen­tury D.153. 1 arm­chairs by Gio Ponti for Molteni an­chor the liv­ing room at The Visit, an apart­ment con­cept by de­sign duo Stu­diopepe

Part of a series rein­vent­ing geo­met­ric pat­terns, this cus­tomis­able rug comes in two shapes. Ro­tazioni rug, £7,252, Pa­tri­cia Urquiola for Cc-tapis

Fifties pas­tels get a makeover with this poly­car­bon­ate col­lec­tion. Jel­lies table­ware, from £12 for a cup and saucer, Pa­tri­cia Urquiola for Kartell

This chair’s ter­ra­cotta tone com­ple­ments Fifties shades such as pink and grey. 0417 arm­chair, from £2,268, Stu­dio G&R for Gal­lotti&radice

This leather chair brings a retro leafy­green shade bang up to date. Satur­day arm­chair, £1,230, Natuzzi Italia

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