Thursday, April 10, 2014


By now, some key trends in the areas of construction, materials and colours are becoming evident at Saloni 2014. While manufacturers have moved to more frugal and sustainable use of resources, quality continues to remain a key focus. Do more with less - this drive is reflective of political and market sentiments in economies across the world.
Minimalist design that does not compromise on comfort, aesthetics or quality is indeed a tall challenge, and perhaps nowhere is this as beautifully achieved and illustrated, as with Natuzzi's new Re-vive recliner. Dubbed the 'first performance recliner,' this is one of this year's biggest launches and is the result of years of research and studies on how the human body sits and moves. Designed by New Zealand designer Kent Parker, Re-vive is a collaborative project between Natuzzi and Formway Furniture.

Recliners -

The chair does away with all the levers and adjustment knobs typically employed on recliners to control posture and other settings. Instead, a uniquely engineered 'Responsive Recline' system allows the chair to intuitively move with movement of your body, delivering optimal support for every posture. Unlike any other recliner, the armrests move effortlessly along with you as you recline, and a light rocking motion creates a feeling of weightlessness, whether you're upright or reclined. The minimalist approach means the chair has only seven assemblies - leaving virtually nothing to fail or go wrong.

Recliners -

On the front of materials, exhibitors at Milan 2014 have shown real brilliance across a wide spectrum of materials. From unbelievable creations in glass, to surprising new forms in ceramic, little has been left unexplored. In fact, even cork and concrete were seen in some impressive displays of innovation at the Salone Satellite expo for young designers. (More on this in later posts!)
One particularly interesting project was iconic Italian maker Marsotto's work on marble "active tops" (below). Conceived by Studio Irvine's designers Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Naoto Fukasawa, Ross Lovegrove and Philippe Nigro, this range of tables explores the manifestations of work in every day life. Work that involves the intellect, manual skills, the individual and the group - each served by work tops, thinking tops, recreation tops, tops for standing, tops for sitting, group tops...

Of the Chromatic trends at Milan this year, the strongest is light blue. Blues are consistent as a theme across the last few years, and as the colours moved from blue grey to aquamarine to sky blue, reflecting the shift in the tenor of the marketplace to a positive and pleasant future, new design trends embody many variants of the blue colour range.
Leather Sofas -

Coming up are more reports on noteworthy new releases by brands, and innovation by young designers. Stay tuned for more, LIVE from Milan!
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