Stunning Design Inspiration in Milan

Ginny Snook Scott at Milan 2012 Salone

My first day at the fair. I loved this magenta chair!

The Milan Furniture Fair, also known as Salon Internazionale del Mobile, is one of the biggest and best contemporary design events in the world.

It features miles - literally MILES - of exhibits in twenty-four different halls. Top-notch designers create displays as large as 5,000 square feet to show off their newest product lines.

Our California Closets team is there to bring back inspiration and ideas for our clients this year! Many of our current product lines, such as our Lago Italian finishes, were a direct result of our time in Milan (and were the first of their kind in the U.S. closet industry).

So, what are we seeing this year?

Milan 2012: Day One

On day one of the fair, I spotted a lot of calming, sophisticated neutral palettes - especially cashmere grays and taupes.

The pops of color are different this year. Last year, we saw large portions of furniture and storage designs with swaths of bold, dramatic colors, contrasting with whites and blacks.

This year, the subtle neutral palettes are highlighted with touches of color, most notably citron and a shade of red reminiscent of "fire engine red".

Take a look at what I found. Which are your favorites?


Gray Library System at Milan 2012

Soft variations on gray are a common theme at this year's Salone. The cube shapes, as shown in this library system, are quite prominent as well.


Shelving at Milan 2012

These floating shelves fit the themes we're seeing: neutral palettes with a touch of color, like a tangerine or red.


Media center display with lights

Going horizontal, we see lighting used to great effect in many media centers and display systems.


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A sophisticated media center and display case from the taupe palette.


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This system combines a bright spot of citron with different lighting colors to choose from (blue in this picture, but changes to purple and green as well).


storage display shelves with tangerine

This vertical storage system caught Ginny's eye for its use of color blocking and varying shelving and cubby shapes.


accordion screen closet with red boxes

And, of course, we can't forget closets! This is a great reach-in style with a translucent accordion-style screen door. Love the pops of red from the storage boxes!

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Ginny Snook Scott California Closets

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 organize their home.

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