The Fuorisalone 2019 and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile have transformed Milan, from 9 to 14 April, into the world capital of Design. Moreover, the Milanese kermesse has become the most important reference point for identifying the main trends in the world of design furniture.
If you are about to undergo a renovation, you will probably be wondering what style is most in vogue, or what colors and materials to choose to give your home a contemporary look that lasts over time. To help you find inspiration, I thought of proposing the main trends that I identified during my visit to the Milan Design Week.
Macro Trends to Keep an Eye on
In general, the macro-trends linked to the themes of sustainability and recycling have been consolidated, together with the ever-increasing personalization of furnishings, complements and coverings. As far as style is concerned, and minimalism aside, the Salone del Mobile 2019 saw the emergence of eclectic taste, decoration, highly coloured patterns and mixes of raw and precious materials.
As an architect, I really appreciate the eclectic style, because it gives everyone the opportunity to create their own personal style, drawing on different aesthetic languages. Combining a sober Scandinavian piece of furniture with pop-inspired elements, or inserting a raw piece in a classic environment, helps to create an original and interesting style, which corresponds to our personality and our history.
Let’s look specifically at the most significant novelties:
The “Must Have” Furnishings
Let’s start with the armchairs, the undisputed queens of this edition of the Fuorisalone. The trend for this piece of furniture is for light, enveloping shapes, with a metal rod structure and soft, handcrafted padding. Remaining in terms of seating, there are also many new features for the sofas, which lose their feet to rediscover the typical shapes of the ’80s. The sofa of the future is a modular system of your choice, with soft lines and can be integrated with poufs, cushions and tables.
Also outstanding are the bookcases, which transform from purely functional furniture into a decorative element, for unique and customised furnishing solutions.
Finally, for those who want to give a contemporary touch to the bedroom, there is an embarrassment of choice. The bed of the future is compact, multifunctional, elegant, with the headboard that blends into the base and is covered in refined fabrics.
The Materials to Focus on
As far as materials are concerned, at Fuorisalone 2019 I saw many innovative proposals, resulting from the recycling of processing waste, plastic or the use of new natural elements such as lava.
But if you don’t want to make a mistake, bet on wood, the real superstar of Milan Design Week 2019. At the Riva 1920 stand I admired the beautiful tables made of solid raw wood planks, natural or with a glossy finish, with irregular edges, veins and knots in evidence.
That wood is the trendiest material par excellence is also demonstrated by Bticino, with the new Living Now plates, also available in two exclusive oak and walnut finishes, which perfectly match the wooden furniture. Forget the anonymous traditional switches: this civil series, with its absolutely innovative, minimalist design and attention to detail, has already become one of the top trends of 2019.
Coatings: a Confirmation and Return of a Classic
Wallpaper is confirmed for the coverings, given the numerous new collections signed by the designers and presented both at the Salone and at the Fuorisalone events.
The new wallpapers are characterized by a strong aesthetic impact, can be customized in size and are also suitable for wet environments, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Finally, the carpet, which thanks to the new generation materials, can cover our floors without the problems of the past: they are in fact fireproof, mite resistant and have a remarkable resistance to foot traffic and UV rays. And then they are so soft that it seems like walking on a cloud, like the beautiful carpet of the Nebula collection designed by Cristina Celestino for Besana Moquette, presented at Fuorisalone 2019 in the location of via Palermo.
With this post, I hope to have given you useful ideas for your renovation project. One last tip: following the latest trends is a good starting point, but always remember to choose the solutions that match your personality. An infallible way to have a beautiful but also original home.