By the time you read this, the impact of Milan Design Week 2018 will already be filtering through to New Zealand. The owners of New Zealand’s foremost design studios and retailers have returned home – in the case of the retailers, to anxiously await the furniture they’ve ordered for the following year, in the case of the designers and manufacturers, to mull over what they’ve seen and the lessons learned. Make no mistake: the chances are, if something trends at Salone del Mobile in April, it’ll make its way to a store, website or living room near you over the following 12 months. It’s not the world’s only design fair – and trends don’t change yearly, of course, so don’t panic – but it’s by far and away the most influential event, mainly because so many design-minded professionals (media, retailers, designers and manufacturers) attend. Read on for all the design inspiration you need for 2018.