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The 57th Salone del Mobile trade fair lived up to its reputation as a top event of the international furniture and interior design industry: 434,509 exhibition guests from 188 countries came to the design metropolis of Milan from 17 to 22 April 2018. That is an increase of 17 per cent compared to 2016 when the trade fair was again co-located with EuroCucina. Almost two thousand exhibitors from a total of 33 countries created an ambience of creativity, innovation and inspiration. The Interprint Design Team had a look around at the Milan Furniture Show and discovered the new trends.
World of Materials
If it is at all possible to identify a central trend, it is the materiality of things. The experimental, continuously changing mix of materials opens up new worlds, new styles and new emotions in a room. Furniture, lights and accessories combine in their own materiality. The feel is just as important as the look. Materials like velvet, glass, leather, stainless steel in a used look, matt black metal, reddish copper and sheet metal have become a permanent feature of interior design. The wealth and mix of materials makes wood take a back seat.
World of Colours
Unicolours are very popular – there is a great choice. White is clearly on the retreat. Three central trends can be identified in the worlds of colour: Firstly, dark colours that harmonise with the Bohemian style. Secondly, warm terracotta and amber colours. Thirdly – as a permanent trend – pastel colours. Pastel-colour highlights are rose and green hues, for example, sage green.
World of Woods and Stones
Ash, oak and walnut – wood types that cannot be ignored. Ash is represented in a large selection ranging from oiled and smoky-stained to a light grey. It is used for worktops or, as planked version, for furniture fronts and side panels or tabletops. Oak convinces with both natural and grey colours that can be elegantly combined with dark metal or stainless steel. A real eye-catcher is flamed, smoked oak in combination with brass colours. Walnut presents itself in classic, predominantly dark, colours. Further wood highlights are maple and old wood that creates an industrial, rustic ambience.
Stone with its penetrating materiality can be seen everywhere. Most strongly represented: all types of marble, especially black marble with distinctive white veins. Terrazzo remains popular. New discoveries are sandblasted stone and stone surfaces with graphic elements.
Wood on furniture often has horizontal grain; stone surfaces, for example, marble, often have vertical veins.
The World of the Six Pack
The most popular original wood types and materials at the Milan Furniture Show are reflected by the Interprint 2018 decor collection, i.e. the 'Six Pack'. The trade fair thus confirms the company's six focused design statements for current home design trends.
Widely used, particularly in the kitchen area, is the Interprint Oxid decor – in line with the current trend that focuses on materiality. Interprint also underlines its international market presence with its Ambassador, Swiss Elm and Texstone decors that could be seen on furniture in Milan.
The Salone del Mobile trade fair in Milan is not only an experimental workshop for trends but also a guide to innovative design. 650 designers participated in this year's 'SaloneSatellite'; three of them received an award.
Whether it be material, colour or interior design trend, the Salone del Mobile trade fair showed that Interprint has made the correct trend statements for the current year.