There have been many attempts to try and replicate the success of Milan Design Week. And yet of all the fashionable fairs, the Salone del Mobile continues to hold sway as the world’s most important design event. Over the course of 7 jam-packed days, design, fashion and big tech meet to dream up new ways for us to work and play. In this kaleidoscope of creative worlds, palatial residences become artistic playgrounds, as the cities most exclusive buildings are opened to the public. Every year, the Chaplins Team make the pilgrimage and we don’t stop until we’ve uncovered everything the fair has to offer. Spurred on by copious espressos and one too many paninis, our Chaplins Milan Trend Report 2019 compiles all the trends and ideas you need to know.
Our homes are evolving, amorphous creations. And yet, over the past five years, our digital lives have demanded a softer approach, with texture and form taking on an increasingly important role. This year’s Salone developed this sentiment, with gentle curves a ubiquitous feature at many of the bustling stands. Whether in the form of Porada’s Ninfea Desk or Maxalto’s Apollo Sofa, these soft shapes never failed to draw us in, a great tip to remember when trying to design a welcoming space. Such curves were particularly noticeable on this year’s selection of designer dining tables with many asymmetric bases engaging in a Yin and Yang style embrace.