Salone Del Mobile, Milan’s annual furniture fair, is one of the most influential shows in the world when it comes to what’s next in furniture design. The show runs for a week in April, features nearly 2,500 exhibitors and attracts more than 300,000 visitors. To say it’s huge is an understatement. With a detailed map, two days and lots of espresso, a few of us from Room & Board took in as much as we could. Here are the top five modern furniture trends that caught our eye.
- Pastels. Everywhere we turned there was pink, blue and mint green. It felt right in step with Pantone’s colors of the year for 2016.
- Woven details. Caned chairs popped up in many places, and an artisan from Carl Hansen & Sons was even caning a chair right before our eyes. Many companies used woven elements to up the texture factor, and we loved it.
- Polished metals. Shiny coatings in a range of colors like rose gold, brass, silver and smoke all had a strong showing. Brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze, it would seem your moment has passed.
- Brown is back. What looks great with pastels? Brown. And lots of it. As much as we love grey, the warmer palette was refreshing.
- Small space fixes. The Europeans really know how to make the most of precious room. Hardworking wall storage, chairs with built-in laptop desks, coat racks with built-in trays for your keys and phones, and sofas with integrated end tables were a common theme.
Check out these photos from the fair and watch the official recap.
Photos by Room & Board