Trend update from Milan Design Week 2017

Trend update from Milan Design Week 2017

Milan Design Week is the largest and most important annual design event, where several Danish and international design brand showcase their latest collections within furniture, lighting, carpet and design products

This year's Design Week is now over, and it's time to reflect upon the inspiring new designs, innovative furniture concepts and artistic installations that were presented during the annual design fair. Bolia has naturally been to Milan and gives you here an update on the very latest trends. 

The future of the home is one very much in change, and this has an important impact on the traditional design of kitchens and living rooms. Our homes are becoming smaller and room divisions are becoming more blurred, and an increasing number of people want to live in cities. Rooms like the kitchen and living room are activity-filled rooms that have to accommodate many people as well as create cosy, intimate experiences. During design week, there were several examples of how designers and brands experimented with multi-functional furniture – furniture that is adapted to a flexible lifestyle and can fulfil a variety of different needs and spaces. 

1. Botanique plant pot / 2. Wrap dining chair / 3. DT18 bench / 4. TrayTray side table / 5. MINI Living in collaboration with SO-IL architects – Breathe

Upcycling, recycle and renew. An increasing number of designers are investigating possibilities involved with circular production and how materials can be innovatively used in relation to production of furniture. Solid Textile Board designed by British designer Max Lamb for the Danish brand Really launched a collection of 12 benches in Milan, all produced in recycled end-of-life textiles like cotton and wool. The designer has experimented with recycling residual textiles to create solid textile boards that feel and act like wood. Another interesting project is MINI's cooperation with New York-based SO-IL architects, who launched a sustainable house prototype called Breathe. The resource-conscious project puts a big question mark by the houses we live in. In the future, they won't just serve as rooms to live in, but as an active contribution to our environmental considerations, where outdoor filters help clean the air in our neighbourhoods.


During Milan Design Week, an interesting blend of new furniture collections and products, new design collaborations, colours, shapes and textiles were exhibited. It was brought home to us how we as design brands have a clear responsibility. A responsibility, where we have to take our future seriously, act from environmental considerations and sustainability – while thinking creatively in completely new ways and for completely new needs. We look forward to coming with plenty of suggestions as to how future lives can be lived, homes can be furnished and furniture can be designed. 

1. Bell-A pendant / 2. Max Lamb


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