The new edition of iSaloni ended last week in Milan and with it the annual review of the trends that have come and soon will in the furniture sector. In Inalco we have been watching and learning, to continue offering our best to the world to come. This year, we received many possitive feelings and lessons from an edition that has had a great atendance, dominated by an atmosphere of economic recovery and new ideas in the industry.
Four concepts really caught our attention: the lighting of the showcased proposals, with a great interplay of light & shadows; silence and tranquility as distinctive elements in every room; the rhythm of the elements and their harmonious repetition creating geometric shapes; and a commitment to create scenarios with their own identity with Scent Marketing.
In the furniture sector, we have seen how curves come back to furniture to provide a calmer feel to touch. Also the thoughtful study of the applied textures, or how Nordic Style ´s neutral colors dominate most furniture and decorative elements. Other styles such as vintage – with its memory of the past in blue, brown, green or dark tones – or baroque – its ornate very much present in brands like Fendi or Cavalli – both have enjoyed their time in the spotlight during this edition in the Lombard capital.
From the point of view of finishes and chromatic range, certainly iSaloni has been marked by the use of noble materials on surfaces and finishes, the disappearance of pure White and its most minimalist style to make way for a greater commitment of gray and black tones, or the appearance on stage of natural elements. Craftsmanship and vintage aesthetic also monopolized the elements displayed by exhibitors.
And what will the future be like? There seems to be a path toward eliminating borders and domestic divisions, with a greater presence of parting panels that elegantly and subtly separate spaces without walls. And certainly Japan and China, two of this year´s biggest surprises, have much to say, with their extensive use of technology applied to furniture.
It looks like the future that awaits us will be very interesting, and we will be very aware as always to continue complementing the work of architects and interior designers around the world.