A month has passed since the Milan Design Week 2019 and I finally found the time to organize all the catalogues, press release and pictures.
From art déco inspirations to 70s vibes, from pastel colors to 80s hues, from black tubular steel to ethnic inspirations, the number of suggestions has been endless. I tried to select what I think were the strongest and most interesting trends that emerged from this Milan Design Week 2019. Key words? Back to the past, soft textures and fabrics, color.
Here the interior design trends for 2020 that I spotted.
1. CARPET FLOORING: we started to see it in the past design week but MDW19 definitely marked the return of the carper flooring and, in fact, it was used in many settings. From the Planetarium project by Cristina Celestino in the Brera Apartment (in collaboration with Besana Moquette), to the Land space of Masquespacio up to the installation Les Arcanistes by Studio Pepe.
Cristina Celestino – Studio Pepe – Masquespacio – Moooi
2. COLOR: color was the biggest trend of Milan Design Week 2019 and I will talk about it in the next post. Stay tuned! In the meantime, I leave you some inspirations.
Normann Copenhagen – Arper – Saba -Hermann Miller – Saba – Studio Pepe – Swedese – Muuto
3. TEXTURE AND 3D SURFACES: I spotted a lot of 3d surfaces with a material effect, such as for example the Mooi 3D wallpapers, Salvatori’s marble cladding, frosted or 3D-effect glass or wavy surfaces. These last ones in particular have been used a lot and personally I really like them (the blu corrugated metal walls used by Masquespacio were beautiful)
Moooi – Ioc – Ex-t – Cristina Celestino – Salvatori – Masquespacio
4. CURTAINS: large curtains, together with the wavy effect surfaces, were used in many installations, such as in the Interstellar project by Dimore Studio or in the apartment set up by The Socialite Family in via Palermo 1 (but used a lot in many others settings with an almost theatrical effect)
Normann Copenhagen – Dimore Studio – The socialite family – Hem – Fritz Hansen
5. VIENNA STRAW: I’ve already talked about it HERE, the Vienna straw is back in fashion and revisited in a contemporary way
Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH
6. COLORED GLASS AND MIRRORS: colorful glass and mirrors were widely used, for small accessories such as in the new collections by Paola C or in Gupica’s Balustrades collection, for tables and small furnishings but I also spotted colored glass walls used as dividers.
Petite friture – Normann Copenhagen – Studio Pepe – Masquespacio – Lasvit -Saba
7. ROUNDED and ORGANIC SHAPES: shapes, in particular for seating and upholstery, become softer and rounded and with a retro look
Studio Pepe – Living Now Apartment – Maisons du Monde – Normann Copenhagen
8. CLASSIC AND ART DÉCO DETAILS: : definitely another big trend, in this Milan Design Week 2019 there were many references to the 20s and 30s like fringes, gold accents, velvet etc.
Cristina Celestino – The socialite Family – Saba
9. MARBLE: marble continues to be a very used material but this year, especially for accessories and small furnishings, I saw mainly dark marble
Salvatori – Saba – Herman Miller
10. MINI or MAXI TILES: there are two opposite trends regarding tiles. Very large tiles (for example the collections proposed by Cristina Celestino or Federico Pepe for Cedit Ceramiche) or very small and colored tiles to create original patterns (like the beautiful collection by Cristina Celestino for Fornace Brioni or the one by Elena Salmistraro for Lithea).
Lithea – Cedit Ceramiche
11. VELVET: velvet continue to be trendy also in Milan Design Week 2019
CASAfacile Design Lab 19
12. CARPETS: I saw a lot of carpets in this Milan Design Week 2019, mainly with geometric shapes and patterns, with original color combinations (such as the proposals by Patricia Urquiola or Elena Salmistraro for CC Tapis or the collection designed by Matteo Cibic for Jaipur rugs) or with a combination of different materials.
Studio Pepe – CC Tapis – CC Tapis
13. MODULAR FURNITURE: comfortable and flexible
Petite Friture – Saba – Moooi
14. BLACK STEEL TUBULAR: used in many furnishing and for many lamps
Muuto – Saba – Normann Copenhagen – Tip Toe Design Zanotta
15. BATHROOM – FREE STANDING SINKS: free standing sinks and bathtubs are a new trend for the bathrooms, as we have seen for example at Ex.t or Antonio Lupi
Ex-t – Ex-t – Antonio Lupi
16. LAMPS WITH GEOMETRICAL AND LINEAR SHAPE: 2019 was also the year of Euroluce and many of the lights had simple and linear shapes with a wide use of black or gold tubular
Areti – Flos – Nemo Lighting
17. NEON: speaking of lights, another trend is that of neon, like the many lamps by Areti exhibited in the Studio Pepe space or the beautiful installation by Aria Lighting in the spaces of Ventura Centrale
Areti – Lasvit – Aria Lighting – Arper – Areti
18. CRAFTSMANSHIP and HANDMADE: rediscovery of traditions and craftsmanship with a contemporary reinterpretation. The reinterpretation presented by the Spanish studio Masquespacio of the Ugo Poggi products (on the occasion of the centenary of its foundation) was beautiful
Masquespacio – Ugo Poggi
19. ECOLOGY, REUSE AND CIRCULAR DESIGN: in the design sector, the sensitivity about the environmental emergency is increasing and leads designers to rethink the life cycle of products by proposing solutions that aim to reuse objects or with ecological materials. The Rossana Orlandi Gallery presented an entire exhibition dedicated to plastic reuse projects.
Eileen Fisher Waste No More, photo-by-Ruy-Teixeira
20. AFRICA: patterns and color combinations inspired by the African continent, as we could for example admire in the Moroso’s shomroom
Photo credits: Mariana Bettinelli