Milan 2018: the highlights of Salone del Mobile and Design Week

In recent days, the whole internet was only spoken at Isalone, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.Milano, which took place from April 17 to 22, 2018. In fact, Isalone is one of the major events that make up the biggest design week of furniture and decoration of the world. For 57 years, Milan / IT has become the design capital of the world. In addition to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Eurocucina and Salone Satelite, the Fuorisalone also took place, with fantastic events scattered throughout the city districts and around the Rho-Fieramilano Exhibition Center.

In this edition of 2018 more than 400 thousand architects, designers, decorators and design and decoration fans went through Milan Design Week. A 26% increase compared to Salone del Mobile in 2017. There were thousands of launches, installations, exhibitions, and we chose some highlights, which we loved to share here on the blog with you.

Check out our Salone del Mobile 2018 bets!

 Photo: Yellow Trace (Vitra Home Collection)

Photo: Yellow Trace (Vitra Home Collection)

Explosion of colors in the design

This was the most colorful edition of recent times. Everywhere a vibrant color or a pastel shade (mostly blue, green, and pink) was visible. We already anticipated this trend, in this post we talk about the main colors for product design in 2018.

Bet on earthy tones

Within this vast universe of colors, if you have to choose some to invest in a more daring decoration or a signed furniture, bet on earthy tones. They were, practically, in all Salone del Mobile Milano, now in the whole environment, sometimes in a punctual way, but within a harmonious palette. The most beautiful tones were aubergine, burgundy, mustard and dry rose.

 Photo:  Casa Vogue  (Zanotta)

Photo: Casa Vogue (Zanotta)

 Photo:  Dezeen  (MINI Living and Studiomama)

Photo: Dezeen (MINI Living and Studiomama)

 Photo:  Dezeen  (Hay, Sonos and We Work)

Photo: Dezeen (Hay, Sonos and We Work)

 Photo:  Elaine Carvalho/Mondo Moda  (Paola Lenti)

Photo: Elaine Carvalho/Mondo Moda (Paola Lenti)

Exhibition Lina Bo Bardi and Giancarlo Palanti (Stúdio d'Arte Palma 1948 - 1951)

The respected Nilufar, a Research Center on Design and Art, presented a retrospective of the work of Lina Bo Bardi and Giancarlo Palanti as furniture designers. A large shed, with industrial air, the Nilufar Depot, hosted photos and many pieces of the two Italian-Brazilian designers.

The creative facilities of Ventura Centrale

The place would already be worth it: the abandoned galleries under Milan's Central Station. Meanwhile, this second edition of Ventura Centrale had incredible installations, young designers who are emerging, and also the most experienced, all focused in contemporary design.

This was the case of Eileen Fisher's Waste no More exhibition, which collected among its customers pieces of used clothing, shredded them and developed new fabrics for carpets, pillows and even new clothes. An ingenious idea, besides being sustainable.

 Photo:  Nilufar

Photo: Nilufar

 Photo:  Casa Vogue  (Waste no More - Eillen Fisher)

Photo: Casa Vogue (Waste no More - Eillen Fisher)

Woody Collection by Philippe Starck for Kartell

It was several years of research for Kartell to be able to give the wooden armchairs the flexibility of the plastic, of which it is a specialist. There are three different models that are part of the Woody Collection, signed by Philippe Starck. They are simple and beautiful!

Installation Limbo by designer Jacopo Foggini

Foggini has a lot of experience in designing with polycarbonate. For the Salone del Mobile Milano 2018, the designer developed, at the invitation of Ferragamo, an installation that looked like a large pink cloud, which hovered between the corridors of the University of Milan. Yarn, polycarbonate, wood, various materials mixed and created this intervention so playful and beautiful.

 Photo:  Quadra Interior  (Kartell - Philippe Stark)

Photo: Quadra Interior (Kartell - Philippe Stark)

 Photo:  Starck  

Photo: Starck 

 Photo:  La Voce dei Brand  (Limbo - Jacopo Foggini)

Photo: La Voce dei Brand (Limbo - Jacopo Foggini)

 Photo:  La Voce dei Brand  (Limbo - Jacopo Foggini)

Photo: La Voce dei Brand (Limbo - Jacopo Foggini)

 Photo:  Cult Design  (Magis - Oiva Toikka)

Photo: Cult Design (Magis - Oiva Toikka)

Linnut Magis Collection

Finally, another product that left us with shining eyes: the lamps in the form of birds, inspired by the stained glass of the designer Oiva Toikka. They are part of the Linnut Collection, the brand's first lighting. We love the result!

These were our choices for the 2018 edition of the Salone del Mobile Milano. And if you want to see our products in vibrant or pastel colors, like many of the ones presented at Milan Design Week, just go to our online store and check all the details.