One of the main events for designers and furniture manufacturers — Milan furniture fair — took place for the 56th time.

Milan furniture fair (Salon Internazionale Del Mobile) is one of the most important events for European furniture designers and manufacturers, which has taken place annually since 1961. It is the I Saloni fair that shapes the fashion in furniture and interior design, determining the development trends on the furniture market for the upcoming years.

Only the leaders of worldwide furniture industry take part in the fair, representing the latest fashion trends in the field of interior design to the visitors of the fair, who from all over the world. The main expositions are located in the main exhibition center Fiera Milano, over the area of 230 000 square kilometers. Apart from that, showrooms and pavilions with various art objects are located in the Tortona region.

In 2017, under the umbrella of I Salone Del Mobile, five landmark exhibitions took place at the same time: Salone Internazionale del Mobile, International Furnishing Accessories, Euroluce, Workplace 3.0 and SaloneSatellite. This year, iSaloni was visited by almost 350 thousand people from 165 countries, and over 2000 furniture companies presented their stands. A special section of the exhibition – Euroluce – was dedicated to lighting (light exhibited at iSaloni every other year).

One of the most talked about topics in the professional sphere from the latest exhibition involves the latest trends in architecture, as well as in interior and exterior design.

A customized house: furniture and interior items are not the only adjustable things. Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, the founder of Universe Architecture studio, presented a Tetris-house prototype to the public. The project was inspired by brickwork from the famous game. Separate rooms can be stacked upon each other and turned upside down depending on the owners’ preferences. The construction of such a house resembles a child’s game and can be done ‘in one breath’.

Natural style (all the things that are called Wild Style, Second Nature and Raw Style in the western literature) is becoming a macro trend in architecture and interior design.

Environment is integrated into the inner space, which serves as its natural extension. For example, this Pit House, completed by UID Architects in the Okayama prefecture in Japan. The natural interior has not only an aesthetic function, but also an ecological and an economical one. The garden rooftop and natural walls enhance the quality of air and serve as a filter from dust and exhaust fumes, they act as natural regulators of indoor temperature and possess soundproof qualities.

Natural design is also an aspiration to save the natural form and texture of materials. For example, the Fallen tree bench by a French designer Benjamin Graindorge: one of the legs is made of actual tree branches, which gives the item a special, sculpture-like attractiveness.

A British designer Gavin Munro created an ecologically friendly way of producing breathtaking furniture for homes, which involves growing young trees with special tailor-made plastic forms. Of course, the tree would need special care, like trimming or grafting; however, an item of interior from an entire tree is worth it, according to Gavin Munro. Thus, the following year, 400 trees are cultivated in the Derbyshire county – future tables, chairs and even lamps to decorate your ecologically friendly interior.

Home is a place where emotions live. That’s why eclecticism is increasingly popular in interior designs, as opposed to dominantly classic or modern interiors. A home is a fusion of experiences, interests and hobbies of the owner, and designers try to take this into consideration.

Space personalization happens by means of numerous techniques, and unit furniture is one of them. For example, a Rudolf sofa from an Italian designer Davide Negri represents absolute freedom for your imagination: an opportunity to vary the number of units, to use fabrics with various textures in a wide range of colors makes your sofa versatile and relevant for any design context.


InsideOut-space erases the barriers between public and private housing, working and residential zones. A Russian designer Anna Erman lives in the countryside with her family, however, she bought and redecorated a flat at the Old Arbat in Moscow, not so much to move to the city as to cultivate relationships with her clients. The space is elaborated to comply its dual purpose: for instance, the kitchen island can be easily transformed into a table where up to twenty people can be accommodated simultaneously.

Another example is the head office of a fashionable Californian company Everlane, located in a renovated industrial building of a former laundry. A soft color palette, cushions on sofas, a big kitchen island – everything in this office motivates personnel to work fruitfully and to feel comfortable at the same time.

A home is redefined as a place that broadens people’s capabilities. A duo of designers Lanzavecchia + Wai (Milan and Singapore) created a furniture line for the elderly and people with disabilities. Together is a line of unit furniture with small wheels and an ergonomic handle, which resembles a cane or an umbrella. The cane is supplemented with various accessories, which makes the living significantly easier, and it can be used as a portative table, a container or a rack for a tablet or magazines. An Assunta chair uses the weight of the person as a lever, which makes it significantly easier for an elderly person to get up.

A Polish designer Agata Nowak tried to turn back time by creating an Offline Chair armchair, to curb a bad habit. Soft soundproof fabrics and side pockets for mobile devices – the designer has anticipated everything so that you can experience digital detoxication.

Smart home: a unit system of poufs Lift-Bit, created by Carlo Ratti Associati in cooperation with Vitra, goes up and down in a matter of seconds. Sounds unreal, still it’s true: all it takes is to stretch your arm, and the pouf will start to grow bigger.

Phygital design: the latest generations of devices are integrated into interior items, creating a congenial environment for life, work and leisure. This can be illustrated by a novelty from a London company Fonesalesman, specializing in wireless charging. A bamboo table FurniQi is equipped with a wireless charger for smartphones working with a Qi standard. Slabs for induction energy transmission are embedded into the under surface of the tabletop and are hidden from view. They can charge smartphones from a distance of up to 4 centimeters: simply put your smartphone, tablet or smart watch on the table and charging will start.

Read more about the Phygital design here.

FutureCraft design.  THINKK Studio company launched spinning looms to make homespun lamps. Each such lamp has a unique pattern that is never the same, which gives identity to the interior.


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