One of the most rewarding and informative experiences I get to enjoy is the privilege of attending the Salone del Mobile Milano (Milan Furniture Fair) on behalf of California Closets.
As a company, we are always interested in learning more about the leading edge of design and what innovative techniques in product development exist. Each year I attend, I come back with an abundance of useful inspiration that we can incorporate into our newest designs and applications of materials.
Two years ago I was struck by the deeply textured materials being used for cabinetry framing and doors that were paired with a bright splash of color used as accents in design. Every year I go, I see the evolution of design moving into new and exciting directions.
For 2014, the systems at the Fair were predominantly shown in flat or glossy finishes with shades of grey or beige being employed as the base palette.
The main difference was that the accent colors used were much more muted and subdued than before, primarily in earth-tones such as burnt ombre, fern green, and mustard yellow. I also saw many designs use tonal variations of color to create a complimentary rhythm in the design of a system. This beautiful system showcased a slight variation in grey tones to carry the eye upward through the design of the system.
Overall, the systems I saw were much more quiet and understated in their design and use of color and materials than what we had seen previously. It’s inspiring to see how the direction in design, color, and texture can evolve so much in just a two year span.
Another unmistakable trend on display at the Fair this year was the use of colors and/or circular furniture and decor to break up the straight lines and potential monotony of a room full of rectangles and squares. Colorful combinations of round end-tables, coffee tables and wall coverings were a great way to bring style and design to an otherwise plain space.
This is an excellent way for these designs to bring contemporary design into a living area with little investment, and to change the overall aesthetics of the room with a simple yet stylish flair. The bright circles brought a feeling of whimsy to each room in which I encountered them.
Furniture design can create such a different environment so easily with the varying use of materials and colors. I have completely enjoyed the inspiration that the Milan Furniture Fair designers brought to the design table this year and can’t wait to utilize these new trends when we’re working with our own clients at California Closets.
Ginny Snook Scott is the Chief Design Officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.