On trend in Milan

This year’s themes at the Spaces&Interiors event in Milan confirm that “those who design dwelling spaces explore an unknown world: they must be ready to anticipate the future and explore the unknown”. Our experience of this event is that the furniture design ideas which make an impression in Milan quickly develop their appeal for a wider audience.

Einar and Tommy report covering a lot of ground in both design and step count terms, with the usual variety of patterns on show – although this year many included a ‘touch of Africa’, says Einar. Designs featuring overlain leaves also proved a strong motif in 2018, with their use adopted across textiles and screens. Refreshed versions of some older designs were also in evidence, whose     ornamentation included playful twists on conventional themes.

Curated by Stefano Boeri Architetti, one of the leading names on the Milanese cultural scene, Space&Interiors 2018 offers an opportunity to consider the shapes, colours and materials being developed for the living, working, hotel and other leisure spaces envisaged for tomorrow. It is also a chance to update ourselves on the latest trends and innovations in everything from surface finishes and wall coverings, to paints, curtains, glass, soft furnishings and domotics (domestic automation).

A visit to Milan also provides a great opportunity to renew contact with our furniture suppliers in person and pursue new opportunities. To find out what is possible, there is no substitute for meeting those representing the different furniture brands in person.