It’s shiny, it’s sparkly…and it’s natural. Nature is the overriding theme at the Salone del Mobile. Now more than ever. Natural is the material of choice, designers are experimenting with new materials, and there are plants and flowers everywhere. In that sense, green is the colour trend to take away from the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
What is everyone talking about in the world of home decorating? The kitchen. Which is increasingly being taken over as another living area. Which means that it is as tidy as any living room. The fitted kitchens are just as state-of-the-art as ever – but this year’s style is minimalistic-cum-industrial. Sleek and straightforward surfaces, made of stone, wood or metal, no handles and nothing lying around. In contemporary kitchens, the orderly and tidy prevails over the cheerfully chaotic. Nothing but the kitchen sink makes it possible to identify that where you are standing is, indeed, the kitchen. The only label to turn their back on this trend is Dolce & Gabbana, who – along with the Swiss manufacturer Smeg – presented fridges designed by artists, which are better understood as an art installation in your kitchen. The price tag seems to make that clear, at €30,000 a piece.
A quick flick through the highlights
showed off their affinity to nature with shades of dark brown. Their signature woven pattern was spotted on lampshades as well as on the handles of a chest of drawers. Giorgio Armani
also has a weakness for beautiful things: for him there is a close link between fashion and furnishings – textiles with embroidery, surfaces with strong colours such as wine red, jade green and sapphire blue meet smoky gold and grey. Which are combined with dreamy Japanese landscapes on cushion covers. Marni
returned to the Salone this year to pay homage to Colombia, cumbia music and the spaghetti chair – incidentally a Swiss invention from the ’40s – making it in gaudy colours and copying the design for lampshades, too. The matching chairs and side tables were hand-woven by Colombian women.
The popular String
mini-shelf by Nisse Strinning is celebrating its 10th birthday with a limited special edition of the Pocket. Framed in stainless steel, it can also be used outdoors.
The London-based label Pich
experiments with natural materials and lets Mother Nature do her thing – a natural-born craftswoman, so to speak. Erosion and corrosion are part of the precious sculptural table concept Copper Nim. Of which only 50 are available. Designer Paul Smith
redesigned a ’70s design icon, the Gufram Cactus, in his colour patterns, transforming it into a psychedelic cactus. As an addition to any off-beat wardrobe, it certainly speaks for itself.
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