Top Trends from 2022 Milan Design Week
If you love interior design, then you know what makes this the most wonderful time of the year for designers: Milan’s acclaimed Salone del Mobile! While the show itself only lasted five days, from June 7 – 12, the looks showcased by the world’s finest furniture makers and designers are sure to have a long-lasting impact on today’s most popular interpretations of modern luxury living. Here are some of the most exciting and important pieces and trends we took away from this year’s show.
More Than a Hint of Mint
Mint — cool and fresh, crisp and natural — is a color that is popping up in all kinds of unexpected places. Two delicious examples at the Salone included Molteni&C’s Half A Square dining table by Michael Anastassiades, a minimalist modern classic pairing rich, elegant finishes with simple but exacting craftsmanship, and Rodolfo Dordoni’s Sutton Chair, rounded and plush, the result of “harmony between functionality and that aesthetic value that can gratify both body and spirit.”
Bouclé is Here to Stay
Cozy, comfortable, and chic, bouclé is the ideal modern luxury fabric, and it was on full display in Milan. Meridiani used it for their new René sofa and chaise lounge, designed by Andrea Parisio, featuring rounded, organic forms designed to complement each other in virtually endless configurations. Living Divani even used it as outdoor upholstery for Pierro Lissoni’s Extrasoft Sofa, a strikingly simple modular concept designed to bring structure and comfort to any outdoor space.
Stone Tops Are Rocking It
Stone tops were everywhere at the show, from coffee tables to formal dining tables, like Porada’s Quadrifoglio, by C. Ballabio, with its four-leaf clover shaped wooden legs and top frame of solid ash with an insert of marble (Calacatta, Emperador, or Black Oxide), and Tacchini’s striking marble and ash wood tables, by Swedish designer Monica Förster.
Texture is Tantamount
Along with warmer, earthier color palettes, texture played a key role in many of the designs showcased in Milan this year, from Meridiani’s bouclé René sofa to Tacchini’s modular Victoria sofa, by Lebanese design duo David/Nicolas, featuring a “floating” tubular supporting frame supporting plush cushions upholstered in a range of exquisite colors and textures.
Outdoor Living Is Where It’s At
It’s no secret outdoor living is one of the hottest trends in design right now, and one highlight of the show was Living Divani’s presentation of Kasbah, a collection that “explodes all the charm
of the open spaces, of the bond with nature, of convivial life,” with elements that are relaxed and informal, yet elegant and delicate. Not to be outdone, traditional outdoor brands Roda and Kettal served up their outdoor kitchens, featuring elegant profiles and high performance.
A Lotta Terracotta
Italians have always loved terracotta, so it’s no surprise the earthy, warm, red-clay color was everywhere, from Henge’s Ozone stone kitchen island and Tacchini’s Le Mura modular sofa system to serving as the foundation for the entire Kettal collection.
Plants, Plants, Plants!
Nature continues to inspire all facets of design, and everywhere we looked, plants featured heavily as accessories and decoration. Kettal even featured an innovative Hydroponic Garden, designed to grow herbs and lettuces without soil.