Milan Design Week

Posted by iscd@admin on May 4

Join us at the iscd Trend night to get first hand industry insights! But in the meantime here is a little teaser of what influences we can expect to see.

As one of the largest design events of the year, full of furniture, accessories, textiles and much more what appears at Milan Design Week plays a huge role in influencing the products and trends for the year to come.

Natural Stone

Natural stone was a big hit at this years event. With the use of geometric shapes appearing within some of the designs. Products such as tiles, tables, chairs and crockery were amongst the natural stone collections.

Salvatori, a Italian based company that works with designers, architects and builders to create inspiring and challenging new ways to work with stone. This year designer Silvia Faniticelli showcased a new range of tiles that combine natural stone and burnished brass.

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Stone effects are blurring into man made products like cement. Once considered a cheap cousin it is now a beautiful product in its own right.

Design house Casamood, a studio that creates beautiful artwork within their designs to visually impact interior and exterior architecture. Their work is described as “Sophisticated cement-inspired personality”

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Flatpack furniture has been a long lasting trend and this year is a feature again!

Sweden based furniture company HEM brought unique flat pack furniture to this years exhibition. Partnered with French designer, Jullien Renault and Norway’s, Anderssen & Voll, HEM created the stylish sofa and conference table. All of HEM’s furniture seems to be very functional and well thought out, check out some of our favourites from them below…

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Sustainable Design-

It is no surprise that sustainability is a present movement in furniture design.

‘Be Human’ was the theme for this years Design Week and the city was filled with instalments that were proving that new technologies and designs can benefit us, as humans, and the Earth. The week fell just in time for Earth day, on the last day of the Salone. Dirk Vander Kooij is a Dutch designer known for his large furniture designer made from recycled materials. This year he exhibited his MeltingPOT tables which are both colourful and sustainable, coming in a range of palletes, shapes and sizes.

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Erez Nevi Pana uses design to investigate material experimentation. He exhibited a series of salt covered stools made from the dead sea’s sodium heavy water.

“The loss of value of a material which used to set the world in motion now sinking to insignificance. Could salt literally recover and reclaim its economical cultural status in the material realm?”

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Alvaro Catalán de Ocon exhibited his PET Lamps, which are made out of recycle plastic bottles. The project started back in 2011 and has grown globally over the past 7 years.

You can read more on the project here. 

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Christophe Machet is a product designer based in Paris, France. This year exhibiting ‘The Pipeline Project’ which is a machine that cuts chairs made from PVC pipes. The chairs are cut from the PVC pipes and then painted White, Red or Yellow with natural plywood legs to finish, creating sturdy and environmentally conscious furniture.

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“Europe’s first 3D printed house” by Arup and CLS Architects’ create a sustainable one bedroom house that not only shows that it can reduce construction waste but the materials used can also be reused once it’s been demolished. The house can be taken apart and transport to different locations. The interiors were chosen to be an example of the past – the opposite of the 3D printed structure.

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From beautiful stone, delicious salt to sustainable and recycled themes this is just a few pieces to inspire you on the trends for the year ahead. For a more detailed review join us May 21st, 6pm at iscd North Sydney campus. For an inspiring night of talks and presentations from industry leaders discussing the latest trends, news, thinking, and big ideas coming from Europe this year. Tickets are $85, book yours here! 

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