Furniture & fittings

Studio Italia’s furniture forecast

Article by Home Magazine

The latest trends from Milan, distilled into eight irresistible pieces by Studio Italia’s Valeria Carbonaro-Laws.

HOME’s new issue focuses on the latest furniture and design trends to come from the furniture fairs in Milan and New York. We’ve had a range of experts pick their favourite pieces from the fairs. Here, Valeria Carbonaro-Laws presents her selection of furniture from Milan. 

It doesn’t matter how many times I have been to Milan’s Salone del Mobile:  every year, the moment I cross the barrier to go into the Fiera I have butterflies in my stomach. It’s always exciting to witness the birth of amazing designs, many of which will become historic pieces that we will enjoy and talk about for decades. This year’s Salone del Mobile was the best I’ve ever attended, where a host of new designs were released that look like immediate classics.

'Zeno Light' sofa system by Antonio Citterio for Flexform.

The ‘Zeno Lite’ sofa system (above) by Antonio Citterio for Flexform is available as a modular or three-seater sofa.  The frame in steel and leather gives the sofa part of its name with a light look and feel.  The upper part has a generous amount of feather-filled cushions, and is incredibly comfortable and inviting.

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Flexform’s ‘Crono’ two-seater sofa (above) by Antonio Citterio for Flexform extends the ‘Crono’ family (the armchair was released last year).  This gentle, elegant design definitely has a strong air of sophistication.

The 'Cala' chair by Doshi Levien for Kettal.

You couldn’t miss the ‘Cala’ chair (above) by Doshi Levien for Kettal and its oversized scoop-like back at the Kettal stand at Milan Design Week. Both the metal frame and the woven rope are available in a range of fun colours.

The 'Avio' sofa system by Piero Lissoni for Knoll.

Piero Lissoni’s new ‘Avio’ design (above) is a flexible sofa with a range of beautiful marbles integrated as end tables.  This sofa is the perfect addition to the Knoll Home range as Knoll begins to increase its sofa collection with a modular system.

'Crono' dining chair by Antonio Citterio for Flexform.

The ‘Crono’ dining chair by Antonio Citterio for Flexform (above) has a smooth, tactile Canaletto walnut frame and woven leather back (and is also available in other ashwood finishes). Having seen so many great designs this year, this would have to be the one that totally captured my attention.  I love the softness and elegance of the chair but still it maintains a very strong presence.

'Mad Joker' armchair by Marcel Wanders for Poliform.

The ‘Mad Joker’ armchair (above) by Marcel Wanders for Poliform is another addition to the already extensive designs of the ‘Mad’ family, with its embracing wing-like back.  Available with four fixed legs or intelligent swivel base.

'Mondrian' coffee table by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform.

The ‘Mondrian’ table (above) by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform features a glossy, brass-like nickel base, a finish that was an important trend at Milan 2016. Available with a timber or marble top and in a range of shapes and sizes which allows for interesting groupings. The table is a complement to the Piet Mondrian-influenced new ‘Mondrian’ sofa system also released at Milan Fair this year.

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