The latest in furniture and lighting from Milan
What can the Milan Furniture Fair tell us about our home spaces? Well, if this year’s edition is anything to go by then we know that a sophisticated approach to colour and pattern is leading the way, as is contemporary style in lighting. Metallics meanwhile, are inspiring new looks from bathrooms right through to living.
Chop, Form, Arc, Stone by Tom Dixon
Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Marsala (which is an earthy wine red), has made quite the splash in upholstery and soft furnishings. We saw the trend-setting dusky maroon become the basis for a palette of complementary hues that were applied liberally to sofas, easy chairs, stools and poofs. Often the Marsala palette was combined with darker tones like velvety blues to inspire a moody, intimate setting. On the other end of the spectrum were soft, neutral palettes of natural tones, often highlighted with fresh pops of yellow.
Patterning, so popular two years ago, did not maintain as strong a presence in furnishings as it has in the past. The styles of yesteryear saw graphic and geometric patterning joyously layered in bold colourways. Today’s look is much more restrained, led by sophisticated tonal palettes that draw in elements of patterning for visual and textural statement. Houndstooth, Herringbone and Chevron patterns proved most popular among the top design brands who adopted this elegant fashion for furniture style into their ranges.
Smoky glass and waterfalls of crystal proved most popular at the furniture fair’s Euroluce lighting showcase. Light pendants and chandeliers, as well as wall sconces and table lamps wowed visitors with their contemporary forms and innovative LED lighting.
Chandelier by Preciosa on-stand at Euroluce.
Blown glass emerged as a leader among the lighting brands, with pendants formed in all sorts of shapes and sizes, brightened with beautiful colours or toned down with a sultry, smoky finish. Fine lines were a major bathroom trend at ISH 2015, and played out across lighting with linear designs that, alone, could be extremely minimalist in style. Used in repetition, fine lines created a distinctive design feature that appeared delicate in construction and bold in aesthetic.
Well Lamps, inspired by traditional water wells, from Lasvit.
While the bathroom is playing with the full spectrum of metallics through tapware, basins and accessories, tones of copper, bronze and gold continue to be the crowning theme for lighting, furniture and accessories designers. We saw lots of stunning lighting designs and home furnishings that combined materials of timber, marble and glass with a glamorous element of copper. So, if metallic and copper is your favourite look at the moment, you’ll now be able to bring it into all your home spaces – from the bathroom right through to the dining room and home office!
Susanna Easy Chair from Zanotta