Milan Furniture Fair 2013

Catherine Bowen small
Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Nina Tolstrup Seating using Marc Jacobs textile. Image Source phaidon.com

Nina Tolstrup Seating using Marc Jacobs textile, Image Source: phaidon.com

So the general consensus seems to be that this year’s Milan Furniture Fair has been a somewhat more subdued affair and a much less design-heavy showing than bygone years – an echo of the sombre economic mood of Europe, perhaps. However, there is still inspiration to be found from a few designers. Here are our top trends in 3 areas that will be influencing the shape and feel of interiors in 2013…

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Colour: Terracotta, Ombre Colour & Fluoro Accents

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Terracotta Colour Trend, Image Source decor8blog.com

Terracotta Colour Trend, Image Source: decor8blog.com

Terracotta is most definitely one of those “New Odd Colours” that I made mention of earlier this year. Not a neutral but, not a colour bright; fitting somewhere in the middle, this looks set to be the signature accent colour of 2013 in furniture, ceramics and finishes. And although I cringe inwardly at the memory of those rather hideous terracotta floor tiles that featured heavily throughout homes of the 1990s, I do quite love the novel application of it to soft furnishings and storage.

Table Lamp Tomas Kral, Image Source furniturezz.com

Table Lamp by Tomas Kral, Image Source: furniturezz.com

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Eames DSW Chairs, Image Source vintageseekers.com

Eames DSW Chairs, Image Source: vintageseekers.com

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Jamie Haynor's Gardenias Collection for BD Barcelona Design, Image Source interiorzine.com

Jaime Hayon’s Gardenias Collection for BD Barcelona Design, Image Source: interiorzine.com

And of course the allure of Terracotta pots for outdoor spaces remains undiminished, but you might want to consider drawing some inspiration from The Gardenias Collection by Jaime Hayon with his “re-imagined” vessels and spacey-looking aluminum garden furniture.

Ombre Colour (which has become increasingly popular following the wave of celebrity ombre hair since 2011) is still a popular trend in furniture – particularly seating: Werner Aisslinger (wooden chairs), Moroso (ombre couches) and Saffronia Baldwin (lattice wooden seating) all gave us intriguing design offering in this colour trend…

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Werner Aissingler Salone del Mobile 2013 wgsn-hbl.blogspot.com

Werner Aisslinger, Salone del Mobile 2013, Image Source: wgsn-hbl.blogspot.com

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Moroso Ombre Couch, Image Source blog-espiritdesign.com

Moroso Ombre Couch, Image Source: blog-espiritdesign.com

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Saffronia Baldwin ombre chair (Image Source saffroniabaldwin.com), Anthropologie Ombre Bench (Image Source furniturefashion.com)

Saffronia Baldwin ombre chair (Image Source: saffroniabaldwin.com), Anthropologie Ombre Bench (Image Source: furniturefashion.com)

And then fluorescent colour accents are also still popular…

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Stefan Diez Office, Image Source stefan-diez.com

Stefan Diez Office, Image Source: stefan-diez.com

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Materials: Marble, Natural Wood & Polished Brass/Copper

Textures and finishes to look out for are:

Natural wood – think blonde/ash, raw wood textures with the perennially popular Scandinavian twist in design.

Polished brass and copper remain the metallic sheen of choice for kitchen fittings, lighting and furniture details…

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: ‘Chair M100’ by Ruizsolar at Salone Satellite, Image Source wallpaper.com

‘Chair M100’ by Ruizsolar at Salone Satellite, Image Source: wallpaper.com

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: True Colours vessels by Lex Pott, Image Source sightunseen.com

True Colours vessels by Lex Pott, Image Source: sightunseen.com

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: 'Salute' tables by Sebastian Herkner, Image Source wallpaper.com

‘Salute’ tables by Sebastian Herkner, Image Source: wallpaper.com

And the cool austerity of marble surfaces…

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: U Turn Coffee Table by COVO Image Source pinterest.com/fdspins/

U-Turn Coffee Table by COVO, Image Source: pinterest.com/fdspins/

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Emmanuel Bableds Marble Design Quark Coffee Table (above) and Sunshare Chair (below), Image Source b-fragile.com

Emmanuel Babled’s Marble Design Quark Coffee Table (above) and Sunshare Chair (below), Image Source: b-fragile.com

Finish Details: Pattern Work, Quilted Fabrics, The New Simple

Pattern and textured surfaces are big. In particular, keep an eye out for latticed details, chevrons and geometric & repetitive patterns in textile…

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: Nina Tolstrup Seating using Marc Jacobs textile, Image Source sofiliumm.wordpress.com

Nina Tolstrup Seating using Marc Jacobs textile, Image Source: sofiliumm.wordpress.com

Milan Furniture Fair 2013: 'SW Daybed' by OeO for Stellar Works Image Source wallpaper.com

‘SW Daybed’ by OeO for Stellar Works, Image Source: wallpaper.com

Quilted textile, referencing the “craft” leanings of the last few years, also featured heavily. Check out the clip below of Atelier Oï’s ‘Hive’ installation for an idea of just how much work went into the end result of this particular work made from re-purposed scraps of leather at the B&B Italia factory:

Assembling “hive” from atelier oï on Vimeo.

And then there’s The New Simple: basic pairings of material like plastic/perspex and wood in the most mundane of objects; think stools and tables that are somehow rendered less boring in their elegant simplicity.

So, what do you think? Is there a trend you’ve spotted that we’ve missed out on in our Milan round-up? Then send us your comments and feedback, we love hearing from you!

You may also like...

2 Responses

  1. Ellen says:

    If these are the new trends – pitiful

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Ellen, thanks for commenting. We really value the time you took to express your opinion. Please let us know what new trends catch your eye!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*