Salone del Mobile 2016 has recently wrapped up and what a week it was! ELLE Deco correspondent Gabriela Bell attended the week-long exhibition in Milan and kept us up to date on the latest in international furniture design and manufacturing. These were a few of the highlights for her…
Did this year’s exhibition meet your expectations?
I expected richer and more ostentatious designs. But, on the contrary, the dominant theme was minimalism and simplification. The classic, linear design is back, reconsidered in modern key and enriched with glamorous details, finishes and materials. Technological research that will make our life easier seemed to be incorporated everywhere. The bathroom becomes a place to show off and the kitchen borrows the aesthetics from the living room. The lights go beyond their innate function and achieve the status of statement pieces that decorate interiors.
How was this year different from last year?
This year, for the first time, Salone del Mobile launched an area dedicated entirely to high-end design. It featured iconic brands from the fashion world like Fendi and Cavalli, but also producers coming from the car industry such as Lamborghini and Aston Martin who shared their vision about the home of the future.
Which up-and-coming designers stood out for you?
There was a huge space in the outskirts of Milan that showcased emerging designers from around the world. A recurring motif in their creations was the focus on compact and modular furniture. Ale Meacci with her shelf that collapses into a flat ring or Orla Reynolds and her modular bookcase that easily fits a table and four chairs are some of the names I am sure we will be talking about soon.
What trends can we look forward to?
As in fashion, the ’70s influence the furniture design as well. We are going to see a lot of extra large living room tables, dark woods and abstract patterns. The marble trend continues its expansion and conquers new territories in every room, from chairs and book shelves to lights and tableware. Nature will become a fixed guest in our homes, which will be filled with plants and greeneries, a tendency that emphasizes the uninterrupted dialog bewteen indoor and outdoor ambiances.
All images courtesy of Gabriela Bell
See more by visiting the designer’s website:
RECORD è Cucine: http://www.recordcucine.com
Tom Dixon: http://www.tomdixon.net/uk/
Nina Mair: http://www.ninamair.at
For more highlights from this year’s exhibition visit the official website salonemilano.it
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Business administration by education, fashion by profession and photography by choice. ELLE Deco contributor, Gabriela Bell, loves exploring the coolest places and uncovering the local niche designers in every city she visits.
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