Design Safari in Milan
If you’re following on Instagramyou’ve probably seen that I’ve the honour to join the ISALONi 2017, Milano Design Week in company with Design Diffusion (DDN) – and oh boy, I tell you, it was my very first time at Salone and it was an overwhelming and truly amazing trip, I’ve got heaps of gorgeous trends and designs to share so let’s get to it!
DDNis a monthly, Italian design magazine published by the Design Diffusion Group. A global leading publishing group, who invited 15 bloggers to join the Salone del Mobile 2017 in Milan to get a true design injection straight into our veins. I tell you, this design week was the real deal. The fashion-forward Italian women have always served as muses and when talking about the Italian interior design, the designs are just as daring and well-dressed!
So let’s take a look at some of the brands and designs we’ve got a deeper look into. I’ll share my point of view of the key trend highlights from the fair and give you an idea on how to incorporate the trends into your home.
Top 5 Key Trend Highlights
Simplicity & Elegance
Gallotti & Radice collaborated with a number of artisans & designers, like Lanzavecchia+Wai and STUDIOPEPEand presented some of the best of the interior trends at the momen. Imperfectly brass accessories paired with artisanal etching designs summed up an enriched, elegant universe with a defined style conscious direction.
Contrasts are all the rage and it’s fairly easy to fall into whatever colour scheme you already have. Whether you have a contemporary, modern, mid-century or a more traditional style at home, you can bring in this trend at home.
Rugs are a simple way to incorporate more colours into your home and can even open up a room.
Contrasts of both warm and cold colours that are blended just the right way at the Kartell stand. The iconic brand introduced a new material to its palette this year, upholstered striking pieces.
Plush fabrics like velvet, puffy rugs and fabric in general are every where, as well as on the fashion scene we’re seeing pleating and folding in velvets and cotton. The “new” material are leather and now more flexible than ever.
A world of craftsmanship.
For years the worlds have been obsessed with Do-It-Yourself projects pulled from the web, but it seems like designers are now looking towards artisanal objects. The shift towards more artisan designs continues.
During the design week, it was pretty clear that this will get even bigger, craftsmanship and materials that require a high level of skill to work with them to emerge. Like glass blowing, porcelain, exquisite brass accessories and amazing and defined woodworking.
Handcrafted rugs from Illulian.
Earthy & Raw
Earth-inspired designs featured modern alternatives on natural materials and use.
From the bohemian style to Scandinavian design natural elements add a calming and warming look to your home. Go further and take advantage of raw surfaces like deep metal and dark stone and add interest to your decor.
Imperfectly perfect designs from JCP
Planet mirrors, NAIA by CTRLZAKfor JCP
Shine a light
Lamps are a perfect way to rejuvenate any room, it’s amazing how well a well-designed lamp can uplift an entire space and make it feel homier. New technology is allowing lightning moving toward more architectural systems with sculptural forms.
An elegant light fixture with fringes, Meti hypnotised the audience at the Artemidebooth.
Artemide, YANZI collection translate the image of birds resting on scaffolding, elegant lines and minimal shapes.
Sophisticated wall lamp from Poliform.
Extraordinary chandelier from Gianfranco Ferrè Home.
These Dornette tiles made my heart skip several beats. Exquisite shape and colourful details
Salone del Mobile 2017 colour trends
Orange is a divisive colour, but get ready orange colours are coming to the forefront and if your home is still wintery with a palette of black, navy or grey you can make an instant impact with orange accessories for your home. Personally, I’m actually surprising excited about this shade that can inject a sense of playfulness and fun into any home.
Couch arm table from Arflex.
Pale pink has become an acceptable colour for grown-ups to embrace. From dusky fuchsia to muted pink. Own this colour and bring together a masculine and feminine look by adding something industrial, heavier materials like concrete or dark wood. Add geometric patterns to give some edge to your space.
Urban jungle setting at Roberto Cavalli Home.
A perfect colour for the modern home, that calls the colours of the ocean, can instantly add a very elegant look to your space. From wall to upholstery furniture pieces, this classy shade will fill your home with glamour and eclectic vibes.
A timeless design from Natuzzi.
Use neutrals like brown and grey to softly ground this lively honey yellow. Mix it with metallics and bring warmth to any interior all-year-round.
Arflex presenting a stunning sectional sofa design in collaboration with Jaime Hayron with both simple, geometric and organic lines, characterised by soft form and comfortability.
Not only did this opportunity with Design Diffusion give us a remarkable chance to get new inspiration but the safari also worked as a networking hub.
The iconic RANDOM MDF bookcases.
It was a breathtaking & mind-boggling design safari and I enjoyed every single minute. Especially the exceptional great company and the opportunity to get an in-depth insight behind the designs. Maybe you already know the extraordinary bloggers but to give you more inspirations on good blog reads I’ll leave you with the #ddnbloggers from Isaloni here:
Holly Becker – Decor8 GER
Desiree Groenendal – Vosgesparis HOL
Judith de Graaff – Joelix FR
Mette Jakobsen – monsterscircus DK
Ula Michalak – Interiordesignblog PL
Anastasia Benko – Anastasia Benko GER
Tiffany Gran Riley – Curateanddisplay UK
Wendy van Woudenberg – Beeldsteil NL
Annie Kruse – Stylejuicer UK
Kate Baxter – Fabricofmylife UK
Riika Soini-Ferraguto – Ex-minimalist FI
Agata Dimmich – PassionshakePassionshake IT/PL
Claudio Moltani – ddnblog IT
Massimo Rosati – Designstreet IT
Elena Caiazzo –amisuradibimbo IT
Alessi Forte – Interiorbreak IT
So tell me, did you got inspired by the new designs? Or please share if you already know how you will add a dash of sparkle and interest to your home this season?
I hope this tour might be the inspiration you’ve been looking for. Looking for more trends to take into the next season, get more inspiration at DESIGN DIFFUSION.
Thank you so much for reading and have a great rest of your week!
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