04 September 2014

Melbourne Indesign - Top Trends and Highlights

While the culmination of the 2014 Bathroom Innovation Award was a highlight of this year’s Melbourne Indesign, the two day event provided a great opportunity to explore the latest products and revolutionary ideas from local and international brands through showrooms, pop-up spaces, installations, product launches, guests, seminars, workshops and demonstrations. Here we highlight some of the top trends we spotted.


Mint green makes a strong appearance



We couldn’t help but notice these fresh, pastel mint green tones popping up everywhere. From chairs through to stools, modular sofas and even the odd tap, mint green became a lovely, cool accent among the darker, richer shades of watermelon, black, navy blue and at times pink. It also offsets natural materials palettes of timber, stone, ceramic and marble quite nicely.


Humble milking stool becomes a go-to favourite



They’re petite, handy and very charming: the humble milking stool was a popular feature within many of the collections on show at Melbourne Indesign. Each design had its own unique leg feature, and many were stackable for ease of use and storage. Our #MID14 pick was the Milker stool by Yellow Diva at Café Culture + Insitu – a perfect addition to the bathroom space and living area.


Ceramic pendants add a touch of authenticity



We greatly admired the beautiful, simple forms of these ceramic and terracotta pendants. Natural materiality was a strong theme among many Melbourne Indesign exhibitors – and it was exciting to see this extended into pendant lighting. The deep, russet red tone of these terracotta pendants felt both authentic and elegant, as did these colourfully glazed, hand made porcelain pendants from Mud Australia.


Marble and timber continue to dominate

[Timber furniture]

[Marble furniture]

Natural materiality continues to dominate the design conversation – across both furniture and interior design. Marble and timber (which we spotted at the Milan Furniture Fair earlier this year), are highly popular and continue to be the preferred finishes for furniture and fit-outs alike. Leading the trend in Australia are bleached and blonde toned timbers, which bring a touch of Scandinavian style to home, retail and hospitality spaces. This is offset beautifully against marbles in cool greys and whites.

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