Our picks from Milan Design Week


Last month the Decorex team flew to Milan to experience Fuorisalone – the set of events distributed in different areas of the city alongside the Salone Internazionale del Mobile which is staged in the halls of Rho Fiera.  
From the 1,300 international companies at the exhibition attracting over 310,000 visitors, to the hundreds of interactive design installations across Milan it is no wonder that many brands choose this as the place to showcase their new products in the first half of the year.
See below just a few trends we noticed in Milan:

Growing trend for glass furniture


Glass was present throughout all the halls at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in various forms.  From a table with green glass windows by the Campana brothers for BD Barcelona Design, to eye-catching Dreams cabinets by Cristian Zuzunaga which featured printed glass on top of lacquered MDF.  However it wasn’t just colours that featured heavily; Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa featured a distorted glass cylinder in his Narcissus collection said to resemble flowing liquid.

Textured materials rather than patterns


There was a definite move from highly patterned products, allowing form and material to do the talking.  An example was this Gervasoni sofa designed by Paola Navone; the multilayer and solid wood frame, upholstered with polyurethane foam covered by a goose down and polyester fibre quilting really stood out.  This was also clear to see on the vibrant yellow Moroso sofa by Patricia Urquiola.

Fashion led collaborations


Fashion brands are not new to the residential interior design market, however it was clear that they have paid more attention to the furniture sector this year, expanding their lines and partnering with more brands.  Diesel launched its Diesel Home Collection of furniture and lighting in at Salone Del Mobile in 2009 and for 2016 they collaborated with Moroso to produce this ‘Gimme Shelter’ sofa.  While over in EuroCucina Dolce & Gabbana adorned Smeg fridges with hand painted Sicilian folklore patterns.  Other fashion brands included Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Marni, Bottega Veneta, Fendi and Versace along with Nike who collaborated with designers including Max Lamb, a previous Future Heritage contributor, to explore the nature of motion.

Future Heritage lives on…

Future Heritage

In addition to Max Lamb, we were delighted to see a large number of previous Future Heritage alumni featuring across Milan Design Week.  Moritz Waldemeyer was inspired by the craftsmanship of Panerai’s Swiss-made mechanical watch for his installation within the Spazio Rossana Orlandi.  While Sebastian Cox joined forces with sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon to bend and intertwine thin strips of American soft maple, American cherry and American red oak wood  to  create the “Along The Lines of Happiness” at Porticato Largo Richini at University Estatale of Milan.  Raw Edges also exhibited in Milan, showcasing their experimentation with coloured dye on wooden materials.

We will soon be announcing who is part of the 2016 Future Heritage.  Secure your place for Decorex to be the first to see this curated collection of new designers.