New Trends At The Milan Furniture Fair 2014
While attending the Salone del Mobile Milano (Milan Furniture Fair) this April, I spent my time trendspotting, looking for inspiration on what to bring back to the design table at California Closets.
As with fashion in Paris, the furniture industry finds its inspiration in Milan and the designers and manufacturers of fine cabinetry that are on display at this prestigious annual showcase. There is no better example of what design trends are emerging in the European market than at the Milan Furniture Fair.
This year saw contrasting inlaid variations of wood used in a plethora of applications this year. There were full tables made with wood inlay as well as small decorative items such as wall clocks that were intricately inlaid. The use of many different types of woods and finishes is brilliantly illustrated in this custom cabinet design.
Over five types of wood grains and stains can be seen in this one small cabinet unit and it is an excellent example of innovation in design and color that make this a conversation piece. Furniture like this can be used to showcase richness and quality in your home.
Another trend that I observed at the Fair that was consistent with what I've seen in the past few years was the absence of visible hardware. Hidden hinges, under-mount drawer glides, and hidden connecting shelf hardware were common throughout the show and the ingenuity was more elegant than ever before.
I also noticed that most of these innovative systems used push-to-open doors and drawers that eliminated the need for any handles and knobs altogether. This allows for very sleek and contemporary designs for every room in the home. Another advantage to this kind of hardware is that it does not require you to commit to a metallic finish that will date your cabinetry over time as trends change from brass to stainless steel or whatever happens to come next.
Lastly, lighting within all types of cabinetry was showcased throughout the the show; kitchen drawers that lit upon opening, lighted hanging rods in every closet system, extensive use of up-lighting, and back panels that illuminated entire cabinet systems from within. Light was used as a decorative accent within many designs, as well as offering functional use.
When used with such beautiful woods, textures, and rich colors, lighting in a system can really enhance a design to the point that it could be considered art.
For me at this year's Fair, lighting was definitely a focal point.
Ginny Snook Scott
Ginny Snook Scott is the Chief Design Officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.