8 Hottest Trends from Milan’s Design Expo

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Throughout the show, art deco return is evident. The products showcased may be there to get the job done, but the ways in which they’re displayed and matched with ancillary products and artwork.

DIGITAL EXPERIMENTS

When the barriers between imagination and what can actually be executed go away true creation happens.

LIGHTING IS STEALING THE SHOW

Fixtures are either oversized, dramatized with additional elements, or intrinsically fun.

WOOD IN NEW WAYS.

Wood has always been used in furniture, but this year’s Salone del Mobile has placed it in a new light through experimentation with forms, processes and uses.

NATURE IS COMING INDOOR

Nature is a theme in several different ways: through the emphasis on sustainability and recycling, the use of greenery, and integrating natural materials.

SCALE IS EXTREME

Scale has definitely increased, whether obvious with chunky weave or displayed as an oversized mirror. Salone exhibitors have had fun blending scale in a way that gives everything a moment in the limelight as the gaze stops on each product

MIXED METALS GO BEYOND TRI-CHROME

The trend of mixing metals has been on designers’ radar for some time, but Salone is taking this must-do aesthetic to the extreme with metallic hues beyond rose gold and silver.

FURNITURE FOR “MY TIME”

Furniture should help us find time for ourselves, and hard-won moments for reading or chatting require dedicated spaces.

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