INTERESTING NEW TRENDS & INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS FROM MILAN’S DESIGN WEEK:
This year’s Salone del Mobile has brought forth some very interesting ideas and interior design trends, as brands from all over the world gathered in Milan to showcase their latest creations in furniture, lighting and home décor.
2016 was the year of vibrant colours and metallic textures, while 2017 is shaping up to become a landmark in successful collaborations between sustainability, technology and interior design, as more and more people shift their focus on contemporary and smart interior solutions.
We’ve gone through the plethora of gorgeous new designs and have identified some noteworthy trends in the world of interiors, from form to function and even materials used in the process.
The first thing we’ve noticed was the concept of invisible tech, where technology is integrated into the home not just through revolutionary concepts such as Samsung’s new TV, designed by Yves Béhar‘s studio Fuseproject to look like a framed work of art, but also through sleek lines and a minimalist design approach.
Recycled and eco-friendly materials are becoming the norm for many contemporary design brands, including Kvadrat, who recently teamed up with British designer Max Lamb and start-up Really to implement Solid Textile Board (STB) into a superb set of 12 innovative benches, showcased during Salone del Mobile. More and more interior designers now recognise the positive impact of using sustainable materials for stylish interiors.
Space is becoming a challenge in a world with a constantly growing population, particularly where apartments and studios are concerned. Residential clients are constantly on the lookout for intelligent modular furniture solutions that don’t compromise on style and design. Major design brands are teaming up with retail furniture giants in order to meet this demand – a most recent example is Tom Dixon’s line for IKEA.
Traditional crafts are being rediscovered in the world of design, as the demand for handmade home décor increases from one year to another. Salone del Mobile brought this growing trend forward, with more and more design brands tapping into the eclectic charm and splendid potential of traditional and artisanal craftsmanship.
In the race for sustainable and smart materials in furniture manufacturing, bamboo has become a staple of high quality and endurance. Designers are paying attention to a material once exclusive to Asian countries – its simplicity and undeniable strength making it a favourite among discerning homeowners.
Homeware has taken on a life of its own lately, as the foodie culture continues to expand. People are more adventurous gourmands than in previous years, turning the kitchen and dining room into spaces where food isn’t just cooked and eaten, it is experienced altogether.
Naturally, designers are responding to this vision of the future of food with intelligent and stylish designs for objects once deemed basic and not worthy of much attention – more recent examples include collaborations between Alessi and Zaha Hadid Architects and Marcel Wanders, as well as Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana.
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