Milano Re-Design City

This year, Italy’s main design showcase will take place in September, following the cancelation of Milan’s Salone del Mobile back in April.

Milano Re-Design City, will run from 28 September to 10 October 2020, and many top designer furniture brands will be represented there.

The name of the event, Milano Re-Design City, underlines the driving force of design in the city in this phase of rebirth following the lockdown.

After a spring and summer of online only launches, the event promises to be a great opportunity for the industry to get together again and share ideas.

Organised by Interni magazine, it’s all part of Designer’s Week 2020. It is designed to create a network of appointments, presentations, conferences, real and virtual debates that will take place across the showrooms and galleries of Milan.

With this event, Interni “reignites the creative spirit of Milan and promotes a program of communication that spreads and amplifies projects, opinions, stories, products, ideas and the people who generate them”.

It is an opportunity to relaunch the city of Milan after a tough year, so that furniture designers and manufacturers have the chance to present all their new ideas that were meant to be introduced earlier this year.

The event will have a particular focus on sustainability and the circular economy. The city is all set to come back to life with an urban event dedicated to design, culture and innovation.

Milano Design City

The city of Milan is currently looking for creative ideas to promote the event. Until the end of July, companies and associations as well as public and private entities may present proposals for projects and initiatives across Milan. These will focus on the development of the culture of design and thought, as well as the re-design of public spaces and new urban mobility.

Those who will become part of the “Milano Design City” program will be able to enjoy the patronage of the Municipality of Milan as well as be an integral part of the communication and promotion activities of the event.

We hope to see you there!

Artistic residence

New York-based designer Sara Story has created a modern home environment to display the art of the owners of this house in Aspen, Colorado, USA. What’s more, her dining room design includes a very special piece.

Sara Story interior designer - dining room design
Sara Story interior designer

Drawing inspiration from her extensive travels, and an active interest in contemporary art and fashion, Sara wields a keen eye to exact her aesthetic vision.

Story designed a plan where every room of the house would create an element of surprise, provoking a conversation between each piece of art. She has achieved this by juxtaposing various pieces with designer furniture, many of which could be considered works of art themselves.

Sara Story interior design - dining room design
Sara Story interior design

While the interior is based on a neutral colour palette, Sara has introduced particular elements to add some fun and colour while also bringing the owners’ personality into every room. The modern interior design project is the perfect setting to appreciate the spectacular mountain views in Aspen.

Dining room design

The compulsive art collectors wanted a stand-out piece of furnishing for the dining room design. Sara chose the Diamond Sideboard to make a stylish impact and add an extra wow-factor to an already stunning interior. 

Diamond Sideboard in Emerald Green - dining room design
Diamond Sideboard in Emerald Green

Like a precious jewel, the Diamond Sideboard in emerald green, is a piece of luxury furniture with an exclusive design. It features three sculptured doors with a gold leaf interior with shelving and two drawers.

The exterior of this finely crafted piece is presented in silver leaf finished with a luxurious shade of translucent emerald green with luscious high gloss varnish. 

Stunning mountain views - dining room design
Stunning mountain views

The fantastic art collection of the owners combined with vintage and modern furniture creates a playful and striking interior. It’s the perfect setting to appreciate the stunning mountain views of this residence.

See more of Sara Story’s design projects at sarastorydesign.com

100% Design – London’s interior design showpiece

Today sees the beginning of this year’s 100% Design – the largest and longest-running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK.

The event has been an established highlight of the calendar for 25 years and forms a major part of the London Design Festival.

Step into London’s Olympia and you will be greeted by myriad stands showcasing the very best in designer furnishings, interior design, creative lighting and more.

But that’s not all. There are a host of speakers covering diverse subjects such as experiential retail, architectural design, sustainability, colour and wellbeing.

Although you would be advised to plan your visit in advance to ensure you see the brands and meet the people on your agenda, there is something to be said for allowing some time to wander.

Today, I stumbled upon several new brands and even found myself engaged at a talk about Lego. Not something I had planned to see, but I am glad I did.

100% Design runs until 21st September.

Tickets are available from 100percentdesign.co.uk

Salone del Mobile 2019

Salone del Mobile 2019, part of Milan Design Week and the biggest event in the design calendar opens tomorrow. There are on average over 330,000 attendees every year from 165 different nations, and this year’s event looks set to be as important as ever.

The shows tentacles spread further than ever from the exhibition halls at the heart of iSalone, and many previews are already to be found around the myriad showrooms of Milan.

This year marks the 58th edition of the show which runs between the 9th and the 14th April. It was founded in 1961 to promote Italian furniture and rapidly went from strength to strength, to become the huge industry attraction it is today.

This year’s interior design trends

Since Milan Design Week back in April, there have been a number of noticeable interior design trends appearing throughout the collections of many of the leading interior design and furnishing companies.

Rich pigments and block colours

Grey may still be the neutral of choice for many interiors, but primary and secondary colours from across the spectrum can be seen among the premium collections this year, both on walls and furniture pieces. The focus is on block colours with classic design and moody interiors more popular than ever. Violet, navy and stunning emerald green are all key colours for 2018. Meanwhile, the juxtaposition of bold colours against grey patterns adds another dimension to this current trend.

Diamond Sideboard
Diamond Sideboard

Down to earth

Earthy pigments such as clay, terracotta and ochre are noted hues, and ethnic prints can be seen in many pieces. There is a tactile element to many patterns, materials and textiles.

Heritage Sideboard
Heritage Sideboard

 

Wellness

Physical and mental wellbeing are very much front of mind in interior design this year. Biophilia remains a prominent trend across many collections, and playful lighting designs use natural elements to accentuate interiors.

Spellbound Cabinet
Spellbound Cabinet

Sustainability

Handmade and natural materials are key contemporary trends. And there is a distinct move towards sustainability, both in terms of materials used and manufacturing processes.

Bespoke Furnishings
Bespoke Furnishings

Metallic accents

This year there is a return to warmer metallics such as gold and brass. These give a sophisticated and organic feel to many furniture pieces including cabinets, mirrors and lighting.

Wave Centre Table
Wave Centre Table

More is more

Maximalism makes a return with more colour, decoration and textures than we have seen for a while. Everyday living pieces such as sofas, lighting and cabinets become objet d’art, with fantastic styling and luxurious materials.

LIPS Sofa by Dali
LIPS Sofa by Dali

 

So these are the interior design trends we have spotted so far this year. We’d love to hear your views. Add a comment below or get in touch with us directly via the Contact page.

 

Milan Design Week 2018 – Salone Del Mobile

Milan Design Week 2018 begins today, 17th April and runs through to 22nd with more than 300,000 expected visitors from over 165 different countries.

It features a number of world famous design events and exhibitions including Salone Del Mobile, the annual worldwide furniture fair and Fuorisalone – which takes place across Milan.

It’s an opportunity for the industry to come together to show, discuss and be inspired by the latest designs.

This year there are a number of premium fashion brands also joining the party, with names such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Marni.

Fashion houses launching homewares is a trend that we have seen in recent years, and this year sees even more luxury brands showing what they have to offer with their own premium furnishings.

Milan Design Week 2018 promises to be an unmissable. We’d love to hear your thoughts about this year’s event.

Check out Wallpaper*’s coverage or read the Monocle’s Salone Weekly.