For the first time this year, we managed to visit the extraordinary Salone del Mobile during Milan Design Week 2019. If you are not familiar with the event I will explain it to you here: it is a major event for architects, designers, interior designers, contractors, lighting designers, interior bloggers, and anyone working (or loving) within the main topic: Design. The Design Week is divided into two events that stroll during the week: the Fuorisalone and the Salonedel Mobile. At Fuorisalone, anyone can visit showrooms of interior and lighting brands, plus in the city you will find exhibitions held by famous designers and architects. This is the most artistic and creative event and what distinguishes Milan Design Week from others in the world. We decided to focus on only one event, the Salone del Mobile.
This event is held in the pavilions of Rho-Fair, a bit outside Milan city centre. The space was very large and we could not visit all in the only day available. Here, we found many inspirational brands for indoor and outdoor furnitures. From the most famous iconic Italian brands, like Minotti, Giorgetti, Poliform, Flexform, Porada, to some new discoveries like Mambo Unlimited Ideas, Casa, Pianca Design & more. Everything was stunning, innovative and of very high quality like only the "Made in Italy" can provide.
Here below a summary of the trends and most extraordinary furnitures we explored.
Armchairs were really everywhere, in different shapes and mostly upholstered with velvet. Leather was not really a protagonist this year and I think we will see much more of greens, mustard yellow and ochrevelvet.
Mambo Unlimited Ideas
Mambo Unlimited Ideas
Boca do Lobo
We have noticed a very clear trend: the use of the "Vienna straw" on furnitures and even on lighting. Sofa, desks, armchairs, tables, indoor or outdoor. Nothing is excluded from this trend, which I particularly like.
Il Giardino di Legno
Marble was also an incredible protagonist as topper on dining and coffee tables and side tables. The most popular colours, I would say, they were the Green Alps, dark Grey and lighter Grey. Brass has also definitely returned and, the majority of legs of tables and chairs were made of it. Overall, the feeling we had was of a trend towards darker interiors and inspired by the 30s.
Round shapes have taken the stage from rectangular and square shapes. Mirrors, coffee tables, dining tables, sinks... having something round at home will definitely be a must in the coming year.
Alga by Paulo Antunes
What really captivated our attention were the libraries presented at the fair. They have become very sleek and minimalist and I really like this trend. Here below a selection of my favourites.
Overall, we were completely amazed by the whole exhibition, the quality of each piece of furniture and the incredible attention to details. We would really be delighted to pull together a scheme for you with all the incredible furnitures we have discovered. We can work for you online, we just need the precise measurements of the rooms you wish to style and we will propose you the layout and a detailed shopping list. With the help of "real life" visuals you will be able to visualise ahead the result of the interior scheme and therefore you will be able to do adjustments.
We will definitely return next year to Milan Design Week and hopefully for a longer time. As I said, this is just a summary of what we have seen (I have almost 800 pictures) so if you would like to discover more, follow our Instagram @interiorsbyambrosi and you can reach out to email@example.com for any enquires.
Thanks for reading and greetings from Milan! Claudia & Nicholas