By Olivia Capuano, Thom Forsyth, Dio Kaltis, and Elisa Rodriguez
A team from Rockwell Group sojourned to Milan for the annual Salone del Mobile in April. While in Italy, the designers did a bit of trendspotting at the booths, highlighting seven takeaways that we’ll be seeing throughout the industry in the year ahead.
Color this season drew largely from fashion: Rose, brick red, mustard yellow, olive greens, and dusty washed out pastel blue, green, and pink came together for a rich, yet balanced palette.
Evoking furniture from the ’30s and ’40s, tubular steel was reenvisioned as a seating structure in every finish from matte black to rose gold.
Seating took on a new look at combining a seat plane with a back plane. The joinery varied, but a clean approach to seating and intersecting planes were prevalent throughout the show.
A revival of Baroque tapestry was made current with this year’s color palette and a playful use of imagery to evoke nature, geometry, the past, and the future. Used as wallcoverings, rugs, and on upholstery, tapestry was reinvented in all room applications.
Furniture and accessories looked to serve multiple functions, from providing a place to put your accessories to organization and personal care wall units.
Furniture, fabrics, and art drew from the Postmodern era, reviving geometry in a more current approach. Natural materials and textures blended with the signature color palette of today.
From lambskin to alpaca, luxurious fur clad more formal and geometric pieces. Whether it be a house of cards at the Prada Foundation or the 1970s revival chair from Dimore Studio, the texture felt revived in a fresh application.