Conran in Milan

Milan furniture fair drew to a close last weekend, and unlike last year, everyone made it home on time! The show is a great opportunity to seek out emerging trends and to make contacts, alongside enjoying the atmosphere at the obligatory opening night parties!

As always, there was a Conran presence at the fair, with staff from various areas of the business in attendance and Terence himself could be spotted mingling amongst the crowds.

Air Vases by Torafu Architects

Air Vases by Torafu Architects

Wolfgang Zender of Studio Conran was a returning visitor to the fair “My favourite stand this year was Kiovisto Rune for Huawei, and Kkaarrls in Zona Tortona. Although I couldn’t pick a favourite designer, there was a lot of talk surrounding Konstantin Grcic’s new work” Wolfgang also mentioned trends in the use of pure, untreated materials, suggesting the qualities of craftmanship, alongside a use of fresh colours combined with lightweight materials, such as aluminium casting.

Mood Sofa by Hanna Emelie Ernsting

Mood Sofa by Hanna Emelie Ernsting

Next week we’ll be bringing more information from Conran & Company’s Alice Walsh, alongside images of her trend report, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of what she thought…

Naber Concept Kitchen by Kilian Schindler

Naber Concept Kitchen by Kilian Schindler

“Overall there wasn’t much newness visible, with a lot of companies showing re-iteration of product in new colours. In terms of colours, there was a noticeable trend to off-primary, brightening the mood mid-recession. Attention to detail was a key trend, particularly noticeable on stitching and seamlines, with a return to plump, slouchy sofas in the upholstery sector, giving a much more relaxed and lived in feel.”

Check back next week for the full version and plenty more images!

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