Salone del Mobile: 6 trends that will change consumer tastes

Post Salone del Mobile in Milan,, the global e-commerce site marks the trends that will drive consumer choices in the months ahead.

The site, which is currently  live in Italy, Europe, Korea and the United States, has pinpointed six major trends that it believes are destined to influence the furniture and design industry.

1. Furniture is increasingly more convertible

Tables that stretch out, armchairs that become niches, coffee tables that turn into benches, double-faced libraries with foldaway beds, extendable consoles… Never before has furniture become the necessity of virtue: if the house is small, or the spaces are overly saturated, there is always a solution: “convertible furniture”. Solutions like these have been developed by brands like Ozzio Design, Calligaris, Bontempi and Smartbeds, which, thanks to their special technical mechanisms, such as built-in extensions and telescopic apparatuses, each item is incredibly multifaceted  and veritable.

2. Many proposals on the table

Tables prove to play an important role in home furnishing, and tend to be a very stimulating subject for high-level designers. The objective is always to marry functionality and personality; however, the level of experimentation of shape and form, and of material and structure has reached never seen before heights. Bontempi, Callegaris, Cattelan Italia and Tonin Casa’s latest products revealed an obvious amount of research when it came to materials and special effects. For example, chrome and textured counter tops, and support structures that seem defy the laws of physics; with unique mechanisms that extend in length and become invisible (and yet, at are very practical).

3. Materials: carbon fiber is here

Plastic, glass, crystal, ceramic, in addition to steel and wood.. The world of furniture and design is always open to experimentation of any and all materials. This year’s novelty is the graft of carbon fiber, a material that is lightweight and resistant in a rather unique way. A good example (that will be available in the immediate future) is Kartell’s Piuma, a thin, lightweight chair (2mm wide and weighs 2,2 kg); it is both incredibly resistant and flexible. Technologies, and more specifically, injection molding techniques, play a crucial role in allowing carbon to be an aesthetically pleasing design product.

4. The outdoors just became big

The outdoors has become an extension of living indoors. Seats, sofas, vases, furniture and lights are increasingly more attractive and sophisticated, which is thanks to the fact that aluminum structures and high quality polyethylene are being combined with concrete, metal, wood, and fabrics. Serralunga, Driade, Kartell and Coro’s proposals make the outdoor industry seem as though it’s living its golden age: all of those design products that were at one time only seen in prestegious homes, hotels, spas, pool and luxury terraces, are now finally available to everyone.

5. In between the past and the present

The concept of innovation doesn’t belong just to ambitious projects and futuristic objects, but it also pertains to the rediscovery of great design classics from the past. This is exemplified by remakes of iconic products that made furniture history. Driade set the stage by presenting items such as Nada Vigo’s Block pouf, the Sof Sof chair by Enzo Mari, and the Oyster table by Marco Zanuso Jr.- they are tribute to some of Italy’s most notable traditions.

6. Everything LED

LED lights were, with out a doubt, an element that guided the design choices made by the key players of the lighting world. For brands such as Flos, Artemide, Foscarini and Cattelan Italia, lamps became expressive instruments that make suggestive lighting effects. LEDs combine forms and their transparent materials create unique atmospheres, shaping and molding environments, oftentimes with the use of the same light. Lamps have bec0me more versatile, interactive, multifunctional, and move along walls and ceilings without constraints due to designed systems, such as structural rods that become a part of the decor.


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