Our World / Milan Design Week 2019 - Interior Design Trends
Last month our team attended Milan Design Week (MDW), a spectacular event in the interior designer's calendar. Each April, multitudes of visitors visit the city of Milan to immerse themselves in a dizzying array of events, exhibitions, product launches and presentations showcasing the latest trends for the forthcoming year. The week-long, multi-venue hosts a plethora of cultural wonders evoking a breath-taking experience. Here's three trends that we think stood out…
Nature Inspired lighting
Lighting showcase Euroluce runs every two years as part of the Salone del Mobile, the huge furniture fair at the centre of MDW. So, this year the spotlight was thrown, quite literally, on lighting. Throughout the exhibition there was much focus on lighting infused with allusions of nature. An abundance of lighting designs in organic forms, in the spectrum of natural colours and earth-inspired motifs, took centre stage.
While nature inspired lighting may use natural materials such as wood and linen, we were particularly impressed with pieces that were adaptations of the natural world through shape and texture including: birds, leaves, feathers and fairies.
Gathering inspiration from the best nature has to offer, these lighting designs give people a chance to enter a space that is soft and organic. Many lights took their inspiration from nature by using natural designs to create relief patterns and unusual light like these hanging pieces based on lunar phases.
Others chose to reflect nature in its purest form, where everything is unique and one of a kind.
Foliage takes over
Foliage is certainly not a new interior design trend, but it's becoming more of a feature than ever before – and took over at this year's MDW in various instances. One wonderful form it manifested itself in was mosaic design, which continues to be one of the most permanent art practices of the ancient world.
Lush foliage was also displayed in the form of living green walls - one of the hottest trends in green design as people realise the health benefits they offer. Living walls are not only beautiful but great for the air quality of your home, thanks to the plants that adorn them.
The beauty of book-matched marble
Marble was everywhere this year but we were particularly stunned by the statement-making printed marble glass that is book-matched. The art of book–matching is the use of two mirror-image marble slabs, set side by side on the same surface. It’s a remarkable way to showcase the natural beauty of the stone and can become a statement piece of art on a feature wall, door or ceiling. We came across book-matched marble designs that instantly made the space feel custom and elevated especially when backlit. This stone can be used in many spaces including bathrooms, kitchens and bars and is another interesting way of incorporating nature into interior design.