Milan Design Week Highlights: Trends to Watch for 2017
Every year in April the design world stops and watches the internationally acclaimed ‘Milan Design week’, where leading designers and brands come together in showcasing all things furniture and object design in fares around Milan. Trends that are seen in Milan are often picked up by the rest of the design world and gradually streamlines into different industries. Noticeable highlights from this year’s exhibition included;elegant and minimal lighting, an abundance of emerald green, textured marble surfaces, and the translucent tricks of glass.
Soft illuminations and sleek lines; lighting had a big part to play at the imaginative and creative flares of new and previously celebrated talents at Salone del Mobile, the biggest event at Milan design week. This year rowds flocked to the lighting exhibitions and were reminded of the power of lighting; how the most fickle detail in a light can completely transform a mood, emotion, and atmosphere. Honourable mentions go to Michael Anastassiades, Sabine Marcelis, and Spazio Krizia, who showed us the timelessness in delicate silhouette lighting, the harmony of perfect balance, and the eerie delight that is illuminating neons.
Glass was full of futuristic fun this year as designers encapsulated the diversity that rests on this unique material. Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka made waves with his science fiction inspired “S.F Senses of the Future,” a lighting installation that showed off LG’s latest technology in the form of an artful and futuristic immersion. According to Yoshioka, they “portray a meditation on the blindingly fast speed of modern-day life”. The brand ethos of ‘innovation for a better life’ allowed us to see the increasingly big relationship that is growing between digital technology advancements and beautiful design. Other standouts of the glass trend must go to The Ombré chairs; by Germans Ermičs, where dreamy colour transitions and myserteous joinery made the piece stand out among the rest.
Pantone declared 2017 the year of “Greenery,” and that a yellowish hue that gives us “the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment.” Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year made a popular stance across all different surfaces, across all different fairs this year. Textures of velvets, metals, and neons all shone in their deep and rich emerald tones, and lots of indoor greenery made sure that the colour was never too far astray. The glam jewelled, yet earthly organic colour taught us to trust our ground, and it will be sure to make multiple appearances throughout the year in interiors. Noticeable mentions for the colour in showcase can be seen in the Dark green Illo tables by Miniforms, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, and the Daze Side Tables by Studio Truly Truly.
Marble, a featured favourite in many of the recent years has come back stronger than ever in Milan Design Week 2017. The prevalence of this glorious stone has not got under the radar this year in Milan, with its standouts shining in cool sky blues, and warm earth pastel shades and musty noirs. Clever craftsmanship and creative manipulation of the stone saw it dress in many ways that we hadn’t seen it before previously. The wonders of this unique stone will continue to inspire the design world and will be making trends in feature walls, bathrooms, lamps, vases and beyond! Honourable mentions for the display of marble this year goes to the Baroquisme collection by Vincenzo de Cotiis, The Secret Tale of Ceramics of Studiopepe, and Postures Vases by Carl Kleiner.
For something a bit closer to home, and something extremely heart-warming, the show of Australian designers at Milan Design Week were higher than ever before. Waving the flag we had our own exhibition completely dedicated to Aussie talent, called ‘Local Milan’, presented by Local Design. The exhibition showcased 11 of Australia’s best furniture and object designers; including favourites Dowel Jones, A.C.V Studio, and Ross Gardam. The exhibition made waves throughout the festival, reinforcing our humble talent down under.
By Taylor James