Milan 2019Apr 15, 2019

Just a quick rundown of our overall impressions of what we saw at the 2019 Milan Furniture Fair:

Firstly there were curves upon curves! Shapes were soft and round with nary a sharp corner or straight line in sight. This created a very opulent look with a nod to Arte Deco and 1970's shapes. There was also a lot of contrast piping between rolled sections.

Many upholstered pieces were plain at the front with detailing at the back or sides. They were often quilted, embossed or embroidered, cutout or studded - many were very sculptural.

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Much of the furniture was on legs, of all descriptions: turned wood, brass and fabric covered. Pieces that extended to the floor often had a metal band around the base.

Velvet was still big but overshadowed by leather - lots of matte leather, often with a suede finish which is almost 'greasy' to the touch. So another nod to the 70's.

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This year the neutral colours were warmer, more of a cashew rather than the grey base in previous years. Colour-wise I saw a lot of petrol/green/aqua tones (see our Bello velvet - right on the mark). Soft cottas were there and a quite strange strong yellow, plum and aubergine. There was still some soft pinks but they were subtle, not a clear 'baby' pink.

Woven fabrics were 'structured' using multi colour yarns. I saw some lovely chunky boucl├ęs and textured tweeds. Our Couture and Bonsai is right on trend there.

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I also spotted a lot of hard furniture, including walk in wardrobes, bed heads and side tables which had upholstered panels.

One of the most memorable stands was SICIS. They had absolutely amazing mosaic based designs, digitally printed onto glass then laminated between two layers of glass. Their stand had the back wall and ceiling done - it was incredible! If you want something out there and special this is it.

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We are now heading to Proposte in Como. We can't wait to see what the mills have on offer this year. Ciao!

Carol

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