Milan Design Week – seven living trends from the world’s largest furnishing fair

Few would dispute that Milan Design Week is the design world’s biggest and premier annual global event, and after a three-year hiatus it was back with aplomb this June. The week weaves the spectacular Salone del Mobile trade show into a citywide celebration of exhibitions devoted to furniture, lighting, accessories, decoration, textiles and installations, often pioneering future trends.

You could turn a corner into a historic palazzo only to be greeted by a contrasting, bold modern art installation, as was the case with Philippe Malouin’s display of orange ‘Sacha’ chairs that blazed brightly in an ancient courtyard.

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&Tradition ‘Shuffle’ MH1 table, €517, smallable.com

There were examples of timeless Italian design, like the noise-cancelling ‘Silente’ chair, and the fashion world rushed into the design world with B&B Italia and Stella McCartney’s collaboration to honor the 50th anniversary of Mario Bellini’s beloved ‘Le Bambole’ armchair.

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Desk lamp, €1,335, nordicelements.com

And there were standout trends such as colored bouclé, high gloss, gloss and lacquer, bespoke cocktail tables, sculptural lighting, slow design, unique stones and candy colored accessories marking an exciting year for homeware and furniture design.

Colored bouclé

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Bouclé chair in sand, €486, orianab.com

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a touch of bouclé fatigue. For the past year, white bouclé chairs have flooded my Instagram feed and almost every retailer website I’ve visited. But this year’s design week saw refreshing updates to the fabric that pushed white out into the cold to be replaced by color – mossy green, warm mustard and deep rust, just in time for the cozy days ahead.

Slow design

There is a sense of sustainability and responsibility in the industry, with retailers and brands taking more thoughtful approaches to design – reinventing vintage works or using reusable materials. Design by Nature by Mario Cucinella formed the core installation for Salone 2022 with sustainability at its core. Fashion brand Loewe emphasized the beauty of aging and repair with its installation “Weave, Restore, Renew”, as did Tapis Studio’s carpets made from biodegradable or recycled fibers.

Sculptural lighting

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“Sound” light, €4,400, roche-bobois.com

The lighting sector continues to be one of the most exciting categories at Milan Design Week, with brands releasing stunning sculptural forms in 2022. The limited edition Arco K floor lamp by Flos with telescopic pole and crystal block stood out along with Lee Broom’s Requiem – six fascinating lighting collections related to places of worship.

gloss

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High gloss console, €8,280, roche-bobois.com

This year’s Salone was all about reflections, and we don’t just mean mirrors. Tom Dixon’s mirror ball chandelier was the talk of the town, as was Dior’s classic medallion chair with a shiny new look by Philippe Starck.

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Liz accent table, €1,283, artiorshome.com

Custom cocktail tables

Just as the modular sofa has taken center stage in recent years, it is time for the cocktail table to get a personalized stamp, with new offerings, colours, layers and materials being showcased, such as the curvy Cleo collection by Molteni&C, characterized by a geometry called Eclipse, and Luca Guadagnino Studio, which brings an architectural touch to the trend with a puzzle-like table in red travertine and black granite.

Unique stone

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Stone table, €1,085, fermliving.com

Stone surfaces in different colors have been all the rage since 2021 and this year began a new Stone Age of color – multicolored marble and terracotta, deeply veined patterns, porcelain, quartz, onyx, all in different hues bringing new life to the old fabric. Natural stone company SolidNature’s candy-colored archway, made from nine different slabs of onyx, became one of the most Instagrammed pieces of the week, and grandma’s stone bed and bookcase, made from a stunning Satin Verde marble with shelves in orange, gray and tangerine onyx, were key talking points.

candy colors

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Throw Olivia Rubin, €247, amara.com

While last design week was characterized by neutral colors, this year was the opposite with an avalanche of colors, especially candy tones. Bright pink, sunny yellow, refreshing orange and blue were featured across the board, from Louis Vuitton’s basic colored egg chairs and green sofas at Objets Nomades to Swarovski’s collaboration with Rosenthal with a fresh mint green color scheme and Studio Berg’s Candy exhibition featuring Glass objects inspired by a candy store.

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