Well, we walked our socks off at the Salone del Mobile, drank our body weight in espresso and immersed ourselves in Italian & Scandinavian design.
We thought our nephew Liam, who joined the company in May 2017 had stowed away and surprised us at the fair!
So, we’d like to share with you what we loved the most and show you the latest trends amongst some of the biggest names in design.
New upholstery finds; Ditre Italia, comfortable, stylish, modular... I had to prise myself out of the Flik Flak sofa
Occasional chairs & sofa beds by Danish company Softline, we found ourselves feeling giddy on their stand as there was so much choice and everything was super comfy.
CALLIGARIS, known for their vast range of extending tables are celebrating their 95th anniversary and they showcased an amazing collection of new TV cabinetry, sultry dining sets and accessories by their CODE range by young designers. Their show-stopping piece was a dining table that extended electronically!
Nice dressing tables addition to Bontempi Casa’s range of dining tables and what home is complete without a bar cabinet!
Bench seating & cute drinks cabinet by More, tidy price too but if you’re going to invest in a bar cabinet might as well do it right.
Pianca had a display of bedrooms that oozed luxury with marble fascia back panels on wardrobe interiors and leather fronted drawers. Floor to ceiling arrangements of walk-in dressing rooms felt like you’d stepped into a celebrity pad in a New York penthouse apartment.
A new find for us but Fimar? An established brand with 40 years plus under their belt had a brilliant wardrobe design incorporating a TV that can be stowed away seamlessly when not in use.
Super Brand KARTELL had shown off their new designs in only a way a super brand can, their stand was very much like an art installation, no touching ... looking only!
We did get to try the new armchair, CARA by Philippe Starck with S.Schito, which was very comfortable and has great the philosophy behind it “when we think of armchairs they think of something extra, something more while the Cara shows the less we do and the less we have, the better we feel. The elegance of the minimum” Philippe Starck.
Great to see KARTELL have extended their range of lighting... and what better way than to see Federico Laviannia himself discuss his designs; Scandinavian Style pendants, fun Moschino teddy bear lamps, Kabuki table lamps, larger ‘Battery’ table lamps.
String showed their range of simple, functional, affordable storage solutions for any room of your house from entrance hall to kitchens.
Danish manufacturer Montana will make even the most organised person want to get organised! As self-confessed hoarders and a love of good storage, we have dreamed of owning a piece of Montana furniture for our own home for many years.
Easy to see why they were winners of the best use of colour at the exhibition. Montana’s modular storage system comes in some fabulous colours and allows you to be your own designer. You can create a simple TV unit to a floor to ceiling library. Imagination is your only limit here.
We had to pinch ourselves as we sipped prosecco lounging on the stand was engulfed in an Ibizan sunset scene.
We hope we have given you an insight into the exciting new designs that were shown at Milan.
Overall the biggest trend we noticed was luxury living, with all the tactile materials around like marble, bronze & gold metals, dark woods, and plush velvet fabrics in pinks, deep emerald green and cobalt blue.
We always advocate that your home should reflect your own style and personality, but we all deserve some luxury in our lives so why not come and see us, discuss how you can add a touch of modern glamour to your home!