Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Four Hottest Colour Trends Emerging at Milan Design Week 2019

Milan Design Week 2019 saw a riot of colour emerge as designers went out of their way to experiment with hues and patterns to excite and inspire. Hues that are soulful. Patterns that trigger emotion. Colours that perfectly encapsulate the mood of a space.

We bring you the four hottest emerging colour trends for the year ahead, straight from Milan! So that you know what’s in, what’s out, and what was dead decades ago.

1. Pastels paint a pretty picture

Guess what’s not white but prettier and more soothing to the eye? Pastels are back. And designers are using them extensively to deck up interiors in a fresh, calming feel.

Pastels like millenial pink, burly wood, rose brown, and nude blush. Fading hues of peach, apricot, salmon, and cantaloupe. Very soft crepe, latte, and sepia tones. Mauve. Frost and wheat hues. Blue of the morning mist and lighter tints of lilac. Orchid, lavender, and light steel. Pistachio and neo mint. Banana, maize and old gold.

Pastels in different shades paired with each other. Or paired with neutrals like grey, ivory, taupe, beige, black and shades of white. Or perhaps contrasted with deeper tones of the same colours as themselves.

Patsels on chairs, juxtaposed against a table in white, to exude unbelievable softness. Or on the sofa, contrasted with a rug in deeper, bolder tones to bring back that striking retro charm of the '50s and '60s.

Pastels inside the bedroom, on headboards and rugs, to emanate a cozy and romantic feel. Pastels on the lights, on the drawers, and on the cabinets to lend an effortless sophistication. Pastels in the kitchen, in the living room, and even in the workspace, for an irresistible appeal.




2. Contra colours boldly lead the way

Be it lending a snuggled and cocooned feel to a space. Or making it look more regal and elegant. Or rather adding a non-conforming pop of colour just to add that missing fun element. Deeper, darker, and bolder tones are in. And designers are undauntedly playing with colours to create a statement.

Pastel shades are being contrasted with inkier tones of the same colours. Chairs and tables in candy red to crimson to ruby to garnet steal attention. Furniture in saturated colours like gen-Z yellow, international klein blue, mango, and burgundy stirs up excitement. Moss green and emerald green on upholstery set the mood just right. Sofas in cinnamon and coffee paired with neutrals like charcoal grey, taupe, and ivory create a classy, suave look.




3. Metallic is the new Black

Metallics spell luxury. And metallic accents are big this year with everything from furniture to curtains to walls to ceiling, all pepped up in bling. Decor pieces sport shimmering golden and scintillating silver accents for the classic Victorian look. Chairs and tables with gilded frames seek to create a nostalgic vintage feel. Metallic highlights like brass, copper, bronze, and nickel create a sleek contemporary look. Interiors get more vibrant and graceful with all the sparkle and shine, paired with a little bit of sass, of course.




4. Prints create a stir

Furniture gets a lot cooler with prints that are brighter, bolder, and unusually daring. Upholstered chairs and sofas sport prints that are overwhelming colourful. Prints floral and otherwise. Prints that are wild, vivid, and stimulating. Psychedelic, even. Patterns and graphics that audaciously stand out. Furniture that screams attention. Furniture that serves as the perfect invigorating piece to an otherwise unexciting space. To keep that vibe alive. And to elevate the style quotient, quite a few notches higher.





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Straight from Milan Design Week 2019.
April 9 to 14.

Sustainability Meets Design At Milan Design Week 2019

Milan Design Week 2019 saw many designers making sustainable design the primary focus of their innovations. Brands turned environmentally-conscious and embraced sustainability by either minimising, or eliminating, or rather reusing plastic waste to create furniture. New eco-friendly materials replaced old ones in a bid to take a step towards a future that looks more reliable than the one we are seeing right now.

Here are some designs and innovations that we found really futuristic in their approach towards an eco-friendly lifestyle!

Paving the way forward

Green Smart Living. A sustainable and circular architecture that comprises of a design unit and a garden. Advocating a new, healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle. Putting the philosophy of ‘living green’ into practice. Where architecture, design, and technology meet. So that humans finally live in harmony with the environment.


New material like bioplastic becomes popular with designers at Milan Design Week 2019. Material that comes from renewable vegetable sources such as sugarcane. Reduces CO2 emission by about 70% as compared to traditional plastic. Biodegradable, eco-sustainable, and resilient. Can significantly reduce the problem of plastic waste suffocating our planet.



Embracing the same new biodegradable material, Calligaris unveils the Vela chair, consciously called the chair with a green soul. Apart from using bioplastic, the chairs are made from polyprylene that is 40% recycled material from uncontaminated manufacturing waste. The chairs are decked up in fabric that is 75% eco-friendly, produced from post-consumer recycled PET. With this Vela Green project, Calligaris takes a big leap forward towards protecting nature and increasing respect for the environment.




Recycled chairs for the outdoors. Simple sophistication that is also in sync with the environment.


Lemon jelly, the Portugal shoe brand, that has a distinction of making shoes from plastic, unveiled a specific collection where the plastic they use, is 100 percent recycled. This very special collection uses shoe lining that is 90 percent recycled, elastic that is 70 percent recycled, and box that is 100 percent recycled. Consequently they make 0 percent waste and emit 90 percent less CO2 in the environment.




Art strives to drive the message home that a world of plastics cannot serve us. Milan marks a movement towards the natural with this iconic sculpture.



Designers put waste to use in creative ways to make products that stand out. Sustainable designs rule at Milan Design week.



Capsula Mundi explores the theme of death through an egg-shaped container made of biodegradable material, in which a deceased person's ashes or body are placed. The capsule is then inserted into the ground like a seed, and a tree planted above it becomes a place for mourning and memory. By creating a cycle that transfers life from humans to plants, this approach abstracts the boundary between humans and their environment.


Perhaps the best looking storage unit this year? CPUs made into drawers. Reusability comes to the fore at Milan Design Week.



Tiered Kambha Composter. Made of terracotta. Designed by the Indian designer, Poonam Kasturi Bir. Went mainstream with her venture, Daily Dump, and revolutionized the way kitchen waste is managed in Indian homes. This three-tiered compost encourages people to adopt the habit of composting in their daily lives to manage waste in an eco-friendly manner.



Mixtape. Recycled post-consumer cassette tape, postindustrial cotton, wool, linen,silk, and rayon. Brooklyn based textile designer Scott Bodenner uses the now-obsolete cassette tapes to weave lustrous magnetic filaments from them, along with other recycled materials such as cotton, wool, and silk into elegant fabrics. Maybe you don’t make personalized mixtapes anymore but perhaps you can cherish some personalized fabrics!


Watch out for this space as we cover more updates in our next post.  Follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag #DesignSoGood to get the latest and the hottest design trends right in your phone.
Straight from Milan Design Week 2019.
April 9 to 14.

Young Design At Its Ingenuous Best At SaloneSatellite 2019

New young talent emerged at SaloneSatellite 2019 in Milan during the world’s biggest design fair.  The international event has been scouting fresh talent from designers under 35 from all around the world  since 1998 and this year’s exhibitions elicited no lesser wonder. Innovation and creativity peaked as young designers showcased how design can be used intelligently and responsibly. By recycling materials for creation. To make objects embodying the perfect balance of beauty and function.

Here are some of the most ingenious designs we came across at the fair!

Off The Beaten Path

A low-profile car volume extension, called NEST, designed by Sebastian Maluska. Acts as both a tent and a storage space. With inspiration rooted in the sailing world and its technology, the NEST has consciously been made with waterproof sailing fabric.

Aimed primarily at a nomadic lifestyle, it offers quite a spacious shelter for two people. Alternatively it can easily accommodate sport equipment such as surfboards or skis. Essentially a bliss for those who are always on the move!


Putting waste to use. Young designers present sustainable designs at Milan Design Week.



Lights and leaves. Young designer Valentina Zuendel from Vienna presents her Lunaria Lamp at Milan Design Week. A graduate in interior design from Milan, she had launched her first furniture collection at the Fuorisalone 2016 in Lambarte. She believes in clean functional design that manifests practicality of the object.


Coffee grounds are used as a colour for lamps. Innovation aplenty at SaloneSatellite 2019.


Young Italian designer, Alberto Casati, uses bright colours and geometric shapes that resemble those reflected in the architecture of Italy, to capture its essence in his designs. His flower vase, called Betty Bloom, comes in different colours that pop and enchant, and with different stylized heads. The Meneghina Desk features a profile inspired from the skyline of Rome, Italy’s capital and Alberto’s love. The Meneghina Chair also finds its inspiration in the city itself, in its Gothic cathedral. His bookcase, called Garibaldi, features 14 red blocks which rearrange to form the shape Italy makes on the map.


Hsiang Han Design studio from Taiwan and Shanghai unveil their modular designs. They use technology to create designs inspired by nature. Designs that enable flexibility across requirements and spaces, make repair and replacement easier, and achieve longevity with the products offered. Among the designs presented were furniture systems like undefined Y and Undefined X, contemporary stools like Vortex inspired from fluid flow and Leaf inspired from leaf veins, and a modular lighting system called Bloom, inspired from plants and especially their petals.



Studio Marfa present their ANDY chair with a curved backrest. Woven from traditional Viennese cane. Traditionalism and modernism meet as the flat-covered seat draws support from a round-shaped back.

Miko Botto showcases his three designs: Cavaletto chair, Pelican lamp and Fungo table.


Extraordinary chairs at Salone Satellite.


Amm. Armchair designed by Otto Kaltner. Made with wood and leather straps. Design that is visually expressive and outstandingly adaptable. Design that convinces.


Deer. Armchair designed by Joanna Sieradzan for Svarog, that combines modern design ideas with Slavic culture.

Lounge Chair by Atelier Fesseler.


BasmaConcept by Ivan Basov. Lounge Chair and Ottoman.


Dune chair is a polish design by Cyryl Zakrzewski. Inspired by sand dunes, gentle arches and the impression of movement caused by pouring sand.


Oto. Floor Lamp from Germany.


Project ‘Memento’ by YellowDot design is inspired by the value of objects in an increasingly digitalised world. 'Memento' is an exploration of new ways to treasure and share memories that provide people with joy and inspiration.


Young Indian designer Anupama gives us an insight into her design at Salone Satellite.



Melting Stool. A 3D printed design that is sustainable. Designed by Dylan Morgan as a new approach towards materials. A part of the Melt series that has become an exercise in recycling plastic waste. An initiative of the Melbourne Movement.


Mutarq. Leve Chair. A flat-packed chair from Mexico.



These 3D wire structures give the illusion of 2D black lines drawn on a flat paper. The optical illusion stems from the thinness of the wire, that is just 0.3 mm in diameter. An excellent example of artistic abstraction by Baku Sakashita from Japan. The winner of the 3rd prize at SaloneSatellite Award, 2019.



Koko Loko. Modular Furniture from Croatia. Designed for kids. Each Loko has eight elements whose combination can vary its function and appearance. Winner of the Rong Design Library- Residence Program Award at SaloneSatellite 2019.



Re.Bean Coffee Stool made from locally sourced coffee beans. Has a unique smell and tactility. 100% biodegradable. Best project on Food as a Design Object theme at SaloneSatellite. Designed by Kristen Wang of Melbourne Movement.


Ode. Set of wine glasses from Galao Design Studio from Italy.



Lights from Susanne de Graef studio from The Netherlands.



Breaking away from the usual. Exploring the relationship between form and utility to achieve an unexpected functionality. Design by New York-based architects Álvaro Gómez-Sellés and Marisa Müsing, known jointly as musing–sellés.



Watch out for this space as we cover more updates in our next post. Follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag #DesignSoGood to get the latest and the hottest design trends right in your phone.
Straight from Milan Design Week 2019. 
April 9 to 14.