Salone del Mobile is one of the biggest interior design fairs in the world. 2016’s event was a record year that saw 372,151 visitors browse the latest creations of 2,407 exhibitors from around the world.
We sent some of our buyers to Milan, where they cast their expert eyes over all the latest fashions, themes, looks, and designs.
Take a good look at those pictures, because this is a sneak preview of how the high street’s going to look in the coming months.
Merchandise director, Nick Fox, also chose a few of his favourite pieces from Salone del Mobile. These are the sort of lines you might soon see at Housing Units, so we’d be interested to hear your thoughts!
Making a huge departure from their normal leather offering, Natuzzi Editions showcased lots of their pieces in sumptuous fabrics, such as this chair in striking luxurious velvet.
A common trend across the show was mixing grey and concrete materials with woods such as walnut. This stunning new Opera sideboard from Calligaris highlights this eclectic industrial mix.
Kartell launched a fantastic range of products specifically aimed at children. As well as functional, the new products are playful, fun and engaging. This minimal rocking horse by designer Nendo was a favourite.
This year Roche Bobois celebrates its iconic Mah Jong sofa, designed in 1971 by Hans Hopfer. Roche Bobois recently released “The Swimming Pool”, a TV commercial that focuses on the Mah Jong sofa and conveys Roche Bobois’s particular brand of French luxury: fresh, innovative and full of joie de vivre. The ad is displayed on a large screen on the brand’s stand, right above the live version of the “swimming pool” – a unique construction that makes use of the sofa’s modular elements.
More concrete on show with this stunning extending Eclisse table from Calligaris. This is innovation at its best, a unique new table extension method that requires virtually no effort to extend.
This solves the dilemma for those who want to display their large TVs in style. The TV is hidden behind the mirror, which is both practical and stylish.
Italian design is all about luxury and opulence, and this stunning chrome and black gloss dining table shown with this striking chandelier is a fabulous example of what the Italians do best.