Fresh From Milan Design Week 2023

Milan Design Week

The world's premier design event is back, where the best and newest names in furniture come together for a week of innovation, debuts, and concepts that drive the industry forward. Evolving past its humble beginnings as a furniture fair, Salone del Mobile now attracts people and brands from around the world to discover the future of interior design from a global perspective.

Upon exploration of the bustling displays and showrooms, the many trends of the show became clear. Collaboration played a big part in this year's showing with big fashion houses including Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, and Prada all displaying their furniture & lighting collections with well-known furniture brands.

Many brands also chose to go hard on maximalism and color, a departure from the neutral colorways dominating the market the past few years. Bright, eye-catching hues found their way into every corner of the show, invigorating designs with palpable energy. Less a trend and more of a way forward, sustainability was at the forefront of most major design houses, with designers looking to reduce the environmental impact of their products through use of recycled materials or repurposing of scraps and waste.

The intersection of fashion and interior design, Salone showcases the incredible strides that are being made to evolve the notion of the traditional interior.

Cassiopeia Wall Sconce by David Rockwell for Lasvit

Influences from the 1960's including space and cellestial theming was prevelent in many lighting and furniture collections. Constellation-chic decor, lunar lighting, and space-age soft furnishings were on full display, turning even the simplest of interiors into stylish supernovas. The almost literal star of the show, the Cassiopeia wall sconce (pictured above) designed by David Rockwell for Lasvit, showcases a hand-crafted metal silhouette connecting the luminaires in each unique piece, allowing onlookers to feel as if they are staring up into a starry, night sky. Offered in bespoke configurations, each piece is modular, so the light becomes the focal point of the room, evoking the awe and wonder of the great unkown.

Welcome Table Lamp

Welcome Table Lamp by Driade

Inspiring playfulness through exaggerated scale and proportion, chunky seating was the hot ticket for many brands this year, making a statement in living and dining spaces through sculptural silhouettes and a cozy, welcoming aesthetic. Embracing the power of the curve, think wide, spacious seats, large arm rests and chunky legs offering chic, yet solid support. Counterbalancing clean lines and angular geometry, these plush designs take inspiration from 70's decor and impart a bit of whimsy into any space.

Knitty Lounge Chair Designed by Nika Zupanc for Moooi