THE BEST OF MI­LAN DE­SIGN WEEK

We re­veal the top ve home dec­o­ra­tion trends spot­ted at the Mi­lan Fur­ni­ture Fair and its satel­lite events across the city, and sit down with Munna’s founder, CEO and cre­ative di­rec­tor, Paula Sousa, to dis­cuss evolv­ing fur­ni­ture trends and home­own­ers’ purs

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We re­veal the top five home dec­o­ra­tion trends spot­ted at the Mi­lan Fur­ni­ture Fair and its satel­lite events across the city.

This year, 434,509 dec­o­ra­tion and de­sign pro­fes­sion­als from 188 coun­tries vis­ited the Mi­lan Fur­ni­ture Fair, which show­cased 1,841 ex­hibitors. At­ten­dance rose by 17 per cent com­pared to the 2016 edi­tion, which fea­tured the bi­en­nial Eurocucina and In­ter­na­tional Bath­room Ex­hi­bi­tion, and by 26 per cent com­pared to the 2017 edi­tion. The turnout demon­strates that the fair is one of the main driv­ers of the Ital­ian econ­omy and a global bench­mark event, in terms of show­cas­ing cre­ativ­ity, in­no­va­tion and qual­ity in the fur­ni­ture sec­tor. Here’s a quick look at the trends that will dom­i­nate the fur­ni­ture mar­ket in the months ahead.

1 De­sign­ers em­brace new tech­nolo­gies

In this mod­ern dig­i­tal age where tech­nol­ogy per­me­ates every­day lives, ob­jects are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly smart, whether in func­tion or in terms of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process, as we wit­ness ev­ery­thing from a 3D-printed house and so­lar-pow­ered fur­ni­ture to sheets of soundemit­ting glass. Ex­plor­ing new bound­ary-push­ing ways of cre­at­ing prod­ucts is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Ross Love­grove and Nagami, re­sult­ing in the Robot­ica TM stool that can dou­ble as a ta­ble. It is made of PLA plas­tic and TPE, and mixes com­pu­ta­tional de­sign and large-scale ro­botic 3-D print­ing. As for Yoy’s nextgen­er­a­tion Co­to­dama Lyric Speaker, which looks like an art­work for the liv­ing room, it dis­plays lyrics in real time to the song it’s play­ing for the first time on one screen through spe­cially de­vel­oped mu­sic anal­y­sis tech­nolo­gies, while the screen be­hind it con­tains two au­dio speak­ers. Else­where, Aec­tual pro­poses be­spoke, sus­tain­ably pro­duced 3D-printed floor­ing with ter­razzo in­fill, avail­able in any pat­tern on any scale. Kengo Kuma’s 6m-tall, spi­ralling and air-pu­ri­fy­ing Breath/ ng in­stal­la­tion for Das­sault Sys­temes is crafted from 120 hand-folded origami pan­els made of state-of-the-art The Breath fabric de­vel­oped by Anemotech. It com­prises a nano-mol­e­cule ac­ti­vated core that at­tracts and sep­a­rates pol­lut­ing and toxic mol­e­cules, and is able to ab­sorb the equiv­a­lent of 90,000 cars’ worth of emit­ted pol­lu­tion.

2 Sculp­tural seat­ing lls in­te­ri­ors

With many com­pa­nies propos­ing state­ment-mak­ing sculp­tural fur­ni­ture with eye-catch­ing, fluid forms, these con­tem­po­rary cre­ations are trans­form­ing our in­te­ri­ors into warm, invit­ing sanc­tu­ar­ies. Munna in­tro­duces the Mar­got Mid-Cen­tury Mod­ern-styled sofa with ge­o­met­ri­cal forms that ex­presses an ar­chi­tec­tural feel, while Sawaya & Moroni wel­comes Ma Yan­song’s take on the tra­di­tional wooden armchair – with his smooth, or­ganic Gu chair al­lud­ing to skele­tal struc­tures whose joints pro­duce a net­work of sin­u­ous forms. Citco’s el­e­gant Volta bench by Zaha Ha­did De­sign, with its seam­less in­ter­twined loops carved from a sin­gle block of black gran­ite, re­veals a dy­namic cal­li­graphic ges­ture, and Cap­pellini re­vis­its Marc New­son’s leg­endary an­ti­con­formist Felt chair made from the bend­ing of a fi­bre­glass plate, by up­hol­ster­ing it in baby blue, vi­o­let or celadon leather for its 25th an­niver­sary.

3 Lines break the monotony of fur­nish­ings

Whether ra­di­at­ing out­wards in a sun­ray pat­tern or run­ning par­al­lel, ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal, lines dec­o­rate ev­ery­thing from wall­pa­per and vases to ta­bles and chairs, some­times on flat ob­jects and other times on cir­cu­lar pieces of fur­ni­ture. Take, for ex­am­ple, De­don’s graphic and light­weight Aiir chair by Gam­fratesi whose slit­ted back­rest pro­vides the per­fect bal­ance be­tween solid and empty space and evokes the im­age of a for­est of birch tree trunks. Neri&Hu’s Lan col­lec­tion of seat­ing mo­d­ules, cush­ions, di­viders and rugs for Gan ref­er­ences old-style weav­ing looms, comes in indigo, and has a richly in­te­grated sur­face of criss­cross­ing lines – all of which rein­vent the sofa. Else­where, Glas Italia’s Rayures mod­u­lar screen by Ro­nan & Er­wan Bouroul­lec comes in translu­cent glass with bidi­rec­tional vein­ing, while GGSV’s op­ti­cal il­lu­sion Dance Floor car­pets for Gufram show curved and con­cen­tric lines.

4 Brands an­swer the call of na­ture

The dec­o­ra­tive pos­si­bil­i­ties of flora and fauna are end­less. Hav­ing long in­spired de­sign­ers, na­ture is back in a big way this sea­son, as are ma­te­ri­als in their pure, raw state, with wood, mar­ble, stone, bam­boo, rat­tan and even pa­per placed in the spot­light. Bart Joachim van Uden plays with per­cep­tion in Ro­manc­ing the Stone for Baars & Bloemhoff; he dig­i­tally printed Abet Lam­i­nati HPL and chip­board struc­tures with Google Earth im­ages of pris­tine land­scapes, such as sand flats and riverbeds in Libya, to re­sem­ble the clas­si­cal mar­ble forms of Ital­ian Re­nais­sance palaces. Moooi and Arte in­tro­duce the Ex­tinct An­i­mal tex­tured wall­cov­er­ing col­lec­tion in soft suede, metal foil, pa­per weave, raw jute or moire tex­tile, which echoes draw­ings of for­got­ten species, from dodo birds to dwarf rhi­nos, their pat­terns bring­ing back to life an­i­mal fur, plumage or skin. The Knoll Grasshop­per ta­ble by Piero Lis­soni comes in a 4.5m-long, su­per-ex­tended rec­tan­gu­lar ver­sion with ul­tra-slim tops in un­usual stones in­clud­ing Rosso Ru­bino mar­ble. Riva 1920 presents the Gran Gusto over­sized semipro­fes­sional kitchen in solid wood and ply­wood by Marc Sadler, show­cas­ing a cen­tral is­land made of a wooden slab can­tilevered on a steel base, which hides stools that may be stowed away or pulled out.

5 Shine im­poses it­self in the home

In our ego-based so­ci­ety, we are like the Greek mytho­log­i­cal fig­ure Nar­cis­sus, who stared at his re­flec­tion in a pool and fell in love with it. Mir­rors are pop­ping up ev­ery­where, as are glints of metal and other re­flec­tive and glis­ten­ing sur­faces, in which we can ad­mire our­selves and the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Pa­tri­cia Urquiola launches her first Ate­lier Swarovski col­lec­tion, a range of flex­i­ble vases called Brillo made from an in­no­va­tive, fluid metal mesh ma­te­rial cov­ered in small crys­tals – giv­ing the ap­pear­ance of sparkling, draped fabric, and al­low­ing each ves­sel to be moulded into dif­fer­ent shapes for in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties. Ex­plor­ing re­frac­tion, re­flec­tion, light and colour, Martens & Visser’s Holons are spin­ning ob­jects com­posed of strips of ma­te­rial that cap­ture the sur­round­ing light and give the il­lu­sion of soap bub­bles ready

to burst. Else­where, Edra’s Gina chair by Ja­copo Fog­gini gleams and twin­kles with its open­work, hand-em­broi­dered ex­truded poly­car­bon­ate seat and semi-glossy black painted legs. Ger­mans Er­mics pro­poses the Frosted Om­bre chair in acid-etched glass in trib­ute to Shiro Ku­ra­mata’s iconic 1976 glass chair, while Colourscape mir­rors shim­mer in the light, show­ing a pal­ette of colours that merge into one another, as when day turns into night.

OP­PO­SITE TOP In­stal­la­tions were set up around the city through­out the week. LEFT An in­stal­la­tion de­pict­ing the ef­fects of cli­mate change. FAR LEFT New trends were ob­served at the Mi­lan fair booth dis­plays.

TOP Crowds thronged Salone del Mo­bile Mi­lano.

BE­LOW RIGHT Breath/ng in­stal­la­tion, an air-pu­ri­fy­ing sys­tem. BE­LOW Co­to­dama Lyric Speaker.

Robot­ica TM stool. TOP Aec­tual 3-D printed floor­ing. RIGHT

THESE CON­TEM­PO­RARY CRE­ATIONS ARE TRANS­FORM­ING OUR IN­TE­RI­ORS INTO WARM, INVIT­ING SANC­TU­AR­IES.

RIGHT De­don’s Aiir chair by Gram­fratesi. FAR RIGHT GGSV’s Dance Floor car­pet for Gufram. BE­LOW LEFT Glas Italia’s Rayures mod­u­lar screen. BE­LOW RIGHT Neri&Hu’s Lan seat­ing col­lec­tion.

The Ex­tinct An­i­mal wall­cov­er­ings call to mind for­got­ten species. LEFT ABOVE The Ro­manc­ing the Stone col­lec­tion fea­tures Google Earth im­ages.

TOP LEFT The Knoll Grasshop­per ta­ble comes in un­usual stone ma­te­ri­als. TOP RIGHT The Gran Gusto kitchen de­sign has a slab of can­tilevered wood as the is­land.

ABOVE & RIGHT Colourscape mir­rors and the Frosted Om­bre chair in acidetched glass. TOP, FAR RIGHT Brillo vases by Pa­tri­cia Urquiola re­sem­ble draped fab­rics. BE­LOW, FAR RIGHT The Holons in­stal­la­tion com­prises spin­ning ob­jects that give the il­lu­sion of soap bub­bles.

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