Milan Review: Just stepped out of a salon

16 Apr, 14

Saul Leese of 100% Design summarises trends from Milan

The Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Del Mobile) never fails to inspire or impress its 292,000 visitors and this year’s event was no exception. There was a strong focus on kitchens as the biennial EuroCucina made its return, alongside the bathroom event Salone del Bagno. In total, it offered 41,000sqm of space dedicated to kitchens and bathrooms alone, showcasing 310 exhibitors. And that’s not including the myriad of satellite events outside the exhibition halls.

But as a brief overview, industrial design emerged as one of the key kitchen trends of 2014 with many brands launching robust and in some cases rugged designs. These were teamed alongside a more confident display of natural woods and stones. All of which created communal spaces, with extended work tops and modular open shelving units, showcasing combined work and social environments.

For the bathroom, brands experimenting with colours, wood, playfulness and curves received the most attention. But arguably the biggest move was away from conventional ‘sanitary’ design to more relaxed environments. The design for these at-home havens seems to continue to tap into the seemingly neverending desire for well-being.

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The complete review of Milan’s I Salone del Mobile appears in the June issue of Kitchens & Bathrooms News.