The 8 interior design trends we spotted at Milan Design Week

For its exuberance, enthusiasm and, let’s be honest, its pasta, Milan Design Week (also known as Fuorisalone) remains one of the most anticipated events in the design world. This year’s extravagance and accompanying trade fair, the Salone del Mobile, at an out-of-town convention center, marked the first time since 2019 that the show has taken place in a form resembling the pre-pandemic editions. . The combination of returning energy, small hordes of international press and curious locals, and, as always, eye-catching design made for a fair that felt more focused, slimmer and crisper but still cheerful. Despite the change, taking stock of the trends – and predicting what you’re craving, chatting with your interior designer, or shopping in showrooms in 2022 – was more fun and empowering than ever. Here, the editors at ELLE DECOR are ringing in on everything we’ve seen, loved and think you should expect to see at a salon near you soon. –Editors

Get ready for purple and green

Green was everywhere, this Milan Design Week, including the small Archivio table by Cara / Davide, a work that presented multiple trends this season.

Courtesy of Cara / Davide

Color alert: purple is making a comeback. Deep sapphire, sleek lavender, and playful periwinkle – shades we associate more with the 1980s than the 21st century – have all appeared at the fair. It has appeared in places as diverse as the showroom of Italian luxury furniture brands Baxter and Poltrona Frau at the Nilufar Gallery, where an exhibition of designers Audrey GrandThe 3D printed works of, including shelves, fountains and bowls in amorphous shapes, bridge the design object and sculpture in vivid tones of amethyst and lilac. Green also seemed to be everywhere. Shades of emerald reigned over the perch, rendered in leather, velvet, marble and more. A little more confrontational acid green is trendy in interiors and fashion for some time now, but this year’s Milan Design Week argued for more calming, jewelry-like earthy tones. —Asad Syrkett

The 80s are here to stay

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Bethan Laura Wood’s exuberant tidying up gave off strong Memphis vibes.

Assad Syrkett

Are you young enough to remember the ’80s, when purple was modern, the Italian school of Memphis ruled design, and Madonna lived in a material world? Well, just like the Material Girl, the ’80s were (again) back in Milan this year. Also to the influential Nilufar Gallery, English designer Bethan Laura Wood exhibited a range of furniture whose tubular frames, curves and primary hues seemed a clear nod to the Memphis group, revisited with bold ikat patterns inspired by her love of Meissen kimonos. Speaking of Memphis, movement co-founder George Sowden launched his eye-catching new lighting line, SowdenLight, in tutti-frutti silicone. —Ingrid Abramovich

Sectionals: a room to yourself

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The Sengu low sectional sofa, designed by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina.

Valentina sommariva

Low profile modular sofas have sprung up all over the city: B&B Italia, Minotti, Molteni, Cassina, Flexform, Edra and many more have presented new versions in nubby loop, soft suede and luxurious velor. They were mostly low to the ground which meant you wouldn’t want to leave and you would probably find it easier to stay put anyway. The proportions were generous; In the hands of the city’s most prominent furniture brands, the sectional has become a room in itself, closer to a conversation pit than a sofa. -LIKE

Creators usher in a new Stone Age

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Elegant (and compressible!) Lamina table by Hannes Peer for La Chance.

Francois Amiand

It was sort of fitting that Italy, home to some of the most beautiful marble in the world, was the setting for what we call the ‘new stone age’. Stone was everywhere, from the deeply veined tops of Patricia Urquiola’s Senga table for Cassina, to the Carrara marble surfaces of Ini Archibong’s dramatic tables for Se Collections (exhibited in Rossana Orlandi’s innovative space). But no company has made a bigger statement than stone specialists Antolini, whose new two-tiered flagship by designer Alessandro La Spada in the heart of Milan displays his wares – marbles, crystals, quartzites and precious stones from all over the world. ) to a dramatic effect, from solid stone tubs to backlit microfine veneers to magnify the stunning natural patterns of the stone. —IA

Marble has indeed been an art, an obsession and a way of life in Italy. But at this year’s fair, we noticed that the designers played with the age-old material in a new way: they sliced ​​it very thin to create translucency; where there was once solidity, they created new graphic forms. Rising Milanese architect Hannes Peer, for example, whose apartment design for the CEO of fashion brand Numeroventuno adorns our style and entertainment issue of September 2021, presented new marble works in his studio, a converted former beauty salon. Made in collaboration with French home furnishings and home decor studio La Chance, Peer’s work included a low lounge chair made from three types of marble and Lamina, a (frankly stunning) table in Portuguese Estremoz marble. The top, an oval of finely sliced ​​marble that subtly lets in light, rested on two monumental but elegant legs made of interlocking triangles. Bonus: everything is flat. Just be prepared to lift heavy objects. -LIKE

3D printing shines

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Delightful 3D printed works by Audrey Large at the Nilafur Gallery.

Sean santiago

The great lady of 3D printing, Audrey Large, was exhibited at the Nilufar Gallery; I found that her pieces were discreetly engaged in a sort of dialogue with the work of the young Greek designer Natalia Triantafylli, including the Chimeras of a High Tide collection, presented as part of the “Lost Graduation Show” at the Salone exhibition center. del Mobile, combined the traditional slip casting techniques with 3D printed shapes. Triantafylli’s material exploration suggests a bright future for how we think about machine-aided manufacturing (especially when it comes to polymers) – a future not circumscribed by what has been but playfully engaged with what could. being. —Sean Santiago

Don’t waste

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The elegant Ritagli tables by Studiopepe were made from scraps of marble.

Courtesy of Studiopepe

One of the most impressive aspects of this year’s show was the amount of R&D that companies invested in sustainable technologies. At B&B Italia, Piero Lissoni’s first outdoor collection, Borea, was made from recyclable aluminum, with cushions made from recycled PET plastic bottles, while some table tops had lava stone glazed surfaces. enamelled and recycled glass from discarded televisions and computer monitors. Molteni & C presented its new ecological covering in 100% recycled and biodegradable polyester for its range of Paul sofas. Meanwhile, the reigning queen of sustainability in Milan, gallery owner Rossana Orlandi, invited Hong Kong designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng of Nature Squared to launch her CArele wall and floor tiles made from eggshell waste. recycled, no kidding. —IA

Studio Stefan Scholten, formerly half of the duo Scholten & Baijings, exhibited his stone house as part of the “Masterly — The Dutch in Milano” exhibition at Palazzo Turati, featuring striking furniture made entirely of marble and marble. travertine waste. In the same way, Studiopepe‘S Ritagli tables, auctioned at the CTMP Design auction, hosted by Milan-based design studio M. Lawrence and hosted by auctioneers Cambi, were produced from scraps of marble. I have found both to reflect a vogue for quilt and patchwork, but also to serve as a meditation on the value and how – and to what – we attribute it. -SS

Homewares Get Brutal (ist)

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Aggressive stainless steel slotted bowl from Sammi Cherryman.

Courtesy of Sammi Cherryman

Echoes of Riccardo Bofill’s work are found in the daring young household goods brand Gilda editions, which includes tableware pieces from eight different designers, including Jamie Wolfond and Rio Kobayahsi. Sammi Cherryman’s ruthless slit bowls, made up of individual stainless steel pieces that fit together like a violent puzzle, are a highlight. The small Archivio table by Cara / Davide, two versions of which were exhibited at the CTMP Design Auction and at the Galerie Philia’s “Rick Owens – Dialogue with emerging designers”Show, also engages the visual power of voids. Made from a single sheet of granite or marble in collaboration with Mille997, the table looks like a mockup of a post office from hell – and I’m saying it in a good way. -SS

Fashion steps in the interior

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Hermès’ labyrinthine installation.

Maxime Verret

At Milan Design Week, interweaving was at the forefront of fashion. Brands like Hermès, Dior, Armani and Versace have all expanded their home collections and were in full force at the global design fair. In a massive and stunning exhibition in Milan’s bustling Brera district, Hermès took over a jai alai sports center and exhibited its burgeoning house line in a series of monumental plaster pavilions designed by decorator Hervé Sauvage. A highlight was the Sillage d’Hermès armchair from Studio Mumbai, handcrafted in Puglia with recycled materials using a papier-mâché technique. Dior’s iconic Medallion chair – a clean take on the Louis XVI dining chair that furnished the designer’s mid-century Dior lounges – was reinterpreted by 17 artists and designers in a massive installation. At Armani / Casa, offerings included a leopard-print velvet armchair, a home gym, and a blanket that doubles as a chess set; Meanwhile, Versace Home debuted with buttery leather sectional sofas and pastel bedding sets. —IA

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