Milan Trend Report 2022

Milan Trend Report 2022

After an overlong two-year hiatus, Milan’s Salone del Mobile – the fashionable furniture fair usually a yearly staple in every design lover’s diary – returned last week to a collective cheer from the creative community. Taking hold of Italy’s most stylish city, doors were thrown open, showrooms dusted off and stands reassembled as the interiors set descended for a week of unveilings, immersion and surprises. It was Milan how it should be – palazzos, courtyards and galleries draped head to toe in high design, buzzing with energy and overflowing with celebration for global creativity.

If we’ve learned anything in the past few years, it’s that our homes are extensions of us, places for self-expression and experimentation as well as retreat and sanctuary, and the modern interior is both exciting and full of life as well as a place to escape and unwind in. The Salone presentations echoed these dual desires – colour hovered around the natural end of the spectrum interrupted occasionally with flashes of more vivacious pigments, forms were sculptural yet soft, and materials channelled the organic as well as exaggerating and playing with it. How good to be back. 

Anniversary editions

Back in the 60s the first edition of Salone del Mobile saw 328 exhibitors (now there are over 2,000) spread over two pavilions, an event described by reporters as ‘a packed exhibition of everything needed to make the home beautiful and comfortable.’ This year, on the fair’s 60th anniversary, that glowing review still stands, and a handful of design brands also celebrated important milestones with new launches, limited editions, artist collaborations and experimental updates.


Top Pick: Arco K by Flos

Since its inception in 1962, the Flos Arco floor lamp designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni has become a true interiors icon, ingrained in modern society and instantly recognisable whether you’re a furniture fan or not. For the light’s 60th anniversary the legendary lamp has been released as a limited-edition redesign, the Arco K. The base, usually a solid chunk of Carrara marble, is newly realised as an innovative crystal block, supporting its distinctive curved stainless-steel stem and spun aluminium reflector with radiance, clarity and lightness.

The Best of the Rest


Archibald by Poltrona Frau

For its 110th anniversary Poltrona Frau launched 110 Archibald Limited Anniversary Edition armchairs, Jean-Marie Massaud’s shapely design given a vibrant transformation by visual artist Felipe Pantone.


Quaderna by Zanotta

Zanotta celebrated its iconic Quaderna table by the Superstudio group turning the big 5-0 with a trio of new products playing homage to the signature gridded white pattern, a desk, coffee table and rug.


Twenty by Tom Dixon

Hitting 20 this year, Tom Dixon has debuted its Twenty exhibition, a collection of 20 of the studio’s best-known pieces and experimental prototypes.


Tobi-Ishi by B&B Italia

B&B Italia’s Tobi-Ishi table by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby has reached double figures – for its 10th anniversary the brand is releasing a special edition striped round table in white Carrara and green Alpi marble, in honour of classic Italian architecture.

Inside Out

The outdoors is becoming more and more of an extension of our walled-in living areas, spaces to be used routinely and habitually, so it was no surprise to see a bevy of renowned Italian brands stepping into the fresh air and launching incredibly chic all-weather collections. With these new pieces, design comes first and being able to withstand the rain is a quietly integrated feature that’s barely noticeable. Conversely, until-now-outdoor-only brand Cane-Line did quite the opposite, launching its first collection of indoor pieces which showcase its lightweight, woven aesthetic in a wide range of materials, proof that patios, sundecks, terraces and lawns are finally fusing with more classic living areas.

Flexform's Outdoor collection

Top Pick: Flexform Outdoor

The Flexform Outdoor Collection, developed in collaboration with Antonio Citterio, is designed for all year-round outdoor living, and was created with colours, patterns, and textures akin to the elegant indoor collection, making the two ranges almost indistinguishable. Outdoor sofas, armchairs, daybeds, occasional tables, ottomans and accessories are made from high grade materials chosen for their weather-resistant attributes – sofa frames are formed from corrosion resistant stainless steel, timber is naturally temperature and humidity resistant Iroko wood and woven elements are recyclable polypropylene fibre, the colour palette tonal and in tune with nature.

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Boundless Living by Poltrona Frau

Poltrona Frau’s Boundless Living collection aims to bridge indoor and out, a particular highlight the glazed stoneware-topped teak Secret Garden table by Roberto Lazzeroni.


Marenco by Arflex

The star of Arflex’s outdoor additions was the nature-proof version of its 1971-launched Marenco Outdoor Armchair by Mario Marenco, its unmistakeable form updated in all-weather block colour, patterns and pastels.


A'mare by Edra

Edra’s A’mare collection by Jacopo Foggini includes tables, chairs, armchairs, a bench and a sunbed, formed with polycarbonate slats which embody solidified slices of water, practically welcoming rain.


Santos by Arketipo

Arketipo’s outdoor collection comes after two years of development, Gino Carollo’s Santos modular sofa merging inviting cushions with design-led adaptable frames.

Organic Objects

After taking solitude in nature for so long, we continue to seek to recreate it in our homes. While initially this was literal, through green shades and leafy motifs, for 2022 it’s subtler and more design-led via organic shapes, the imperfect and hints at natural intervention. An elegant progression from the previous trends for all things rounded and arched, here nature and the implication of time are quietly introduced, pieces created to look like manufacture never happened – did they grow out in the wilderness? The overall affect is one we can truly relax around, there are no sharp angles, shapes have an accidental feel like they have slowly evolved, and perfection is something we left behind long ago. Sink in and exhale.

Top Pick: Yves by Porada

A dainty take on a classic bean sofa, the Yves by G. & O. Buratti for Porada has a charismatic a grown-on-a-stalk-in-the-garden shape, a reminder of the power of the organic, and the impact geometric perfection has on the home. Comprised only of calming curves, its matching pouf neatly nestles into the front of the crescent like an oversized seed.

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Claire by Lema

Lema’s Claire armchair by Norm Architects seems like two eroded pebbles just so happening to come together, their exaggerated size at once indulgent and unassuming.


Venus by Bonaldo

It’s a challenge to find even one straight line on Bonaldo’s Venus vanity table by Marconato & Zappa, its irregular shape replacing any formal sense of structure with something humbler.


Camilla by Cattelan Italia

Like an oversized shell formed with twisting linear bands, Cattelan Italia’s Camilla chair by Luca Signoretti is designed to envelop the body in its enticing, au-natural coils.


Pagoda by Bontempi Casa

Bontempi Casa’s shapely Pagoda coffee table collection by Yoshino Toshiyuki melds a carefree interplay of forms with layers of transparent glass and SuperMarble or SuperCeramic.

Earth Tones

Physically digging deeper into the immersed-in-nature trend, the neutral hues all over Salone this year were drawn from the ground, spanning pale shades of sand, soft mid-tone clays, rich browns and red-tinted terracotta. Prompting images of bare feet on beaches and hands plunged into the earth, these colours are about connection to the elements and our external environment, reminding us of the simple pleasures in life and where we all come from. Such warm neutral tones are livelier and more varied than a classic beige, offering a diverse palette that has depth as well as being peaceful, sophisticated and fundamentally infused with life.

Top Pick: Pochette by B&B Italia

B&B Italia’s Pochette armchair by Piero Lissoni combines unfixed cushions and a low-slung shape with a creamy grey-ish nude leather which is wrapped around the tubular frame, a shade easier to live with and more laid back than white or ivory but with a similar crisp, chic impression.

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Borealis by Giorgetti

Sweeping rows of calligraphic ribbons, Giorgetti’s Borealis screen by Roberto Lazzeroni combines lyrical layers of leather in two gentle sandy shades.


Groovy by Lema

Lema’s modular Groovy sofa spotlights varying textures and contrasting earth-found shades on its tawny cushions and wrap-around walnut armrests.


Klimos by Knoll

Referencing classic Knoll design language, the brand’s Klismos collection by Antonio Citterio is also a homage to natural shades and sustainability, the seating range a combination of oak and woven cotton cord with optional leather and putty-toned fabric additions.


Dorian by Bonaldo

The pronounced grooves of the Dorian sideboard by Spazioameno for Bonaldo are in bronze mat lacquered wood, the flatness of the material creating a light-absorbing shadowy depth.

Sea Shades

Summoning visions of the ocean disappearing into the horizon, Mediterranean mornings and treasure-like pieces of sea glass, this season’s statement touched-by-nature hues are gloriously fresh and enlivening, radiating the promise of sunnier climes and (like us all) calling out for adventure. Hovering between hazy shades of blue-tinged sage and turquoise tones, these are introverted blues and greens tinted with grey so they don’t overwhelm, sitting in the home smoothly and – as all found-in-nature tones do – harmonising easily with their surroundings, tranquil and inobtrusive while radiating vitality and joy.

Leggera Outdoor chair by Gio Ponti – Cassina Outdoor Collection

Top Pick: Leggera by Cassina

Gio Ponti’s 1952-designed icon the Leggera chair embraces neutral shades as well as a vibrant watery palette for its move into the outdoors. After extensive in-depth research to replicate the renowned seat’s original slimline frame in garden-proof stainless steel, the coloured choice for the new Leggera Outdoor by Cassina is a peppy turquoise-tinted green with optional upholstery in blue recycled polypropylene, the makings of a spirited summery classic.

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DS-800 by De Sede

Like a captured scoop of swimming pool or freshly formed puddle, De Sede’s teal leather wrapped DS-800 stool is topped with a gleaming disc of turquoise-toned stone.


Hanami by Gallotti & Radice

Gallotti & Radice’s origami-like Hanami console has two coloured options – the tranquil Verde Provenza (shown) and the placid Blu Pacifico shades, which transform the lacquered wood into frozen cubist waves.


Francis by Lema

The mini monolithic Francis coffee tables by Norm Architects for Lema come in an array of natural materials with one splash of colour, a faded deep-at-sea teal for those seeking excitement.


Puffoso by Bontempi Casa

Bontempi’s Puffoso bench by Bernhardt&Vella is an understated grey-kissed aquatic colour which balances its inherent playful shape.

Sculptural Bases

We’ve seen table tops a plenty at Salones spanning far back in time and welcomed in trends from solid stone to high tech ceramics, strict angles to smooth curves and chunky tops to the more delicate. Now it’s all about looking down. The contemporary table is leaning heavily on leg work, the supports now pieces of art in their own right and, given the chance, able to sit in the home as standalone sculptural objects. Adding an element of surprise and delight to the dining room, each artful base feels like a discovery, something earned and a small secret waiting to be uncovered.

Top Pick: In-Between by Lema

The In-Between dining table by Ximi Li asks the diner to focus on the space between the base’s forms and consider instead the chunky segments of air formed by the irregular legs. Arranged in a staggered position, the flattened supports stand apart, almost – but not quite – meeting in the middle, the rounded marble top (with optional Lazy Susan) drawing them together and making the decorative piece whole.

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Infinity by Porada

The iconic looping canaletta walnut stand of Porada’s Infinity Table by Stefano Bigi now offers a marble top, shading the undulating legs and turning them into treasure waiting to be discovered.


Louis by Bontempi Casa

Bontempi’s Louis table by Andrea Radice is part function-focused furniture, part circus act, balanced on four delicate lacquered steel rings that toy with gravity and logic.


Pivot by Bonaldo

Bonaldo’s Pivot table by Marconato & Zappa’s asymmetric legs are poised as if to start spinning below a top made from marble, wood, glass or ceramic.


Maxim by Cattelan Italia

Gently concave, the petal-like legs of Cattelan Italia’s Maxim table by Pio and Tito Toso contrast the seamless flattened top surface.

Wild Sofas

Gone are the times of sitting daintily on the sofa, these days we spread out and sprawl. The comfort movement has arrived, and that means sofas are becoming more attuned with the shapes we make when relaxing, breaking free of their classic linear boundaries and exploring new directions as well as being a little more imaginative. Arms are drifting from their usual bookend positions, we’re seeing the integration of additional elements such as built-in tables, drinks holders and storage units, seat shapes are expanding, and backrests are going through an experimental stage. With good looks as well as a thoughtful side, the sofas of 2022 are utterly focused on wellbeing, taking into consideration lounging positions of all kinds and how to make life more convenient.

Aldora sofa by Cristina Celestino for Moooi | Dezeen

Top Pick: Aldora by moooi

The Aldora Sofa by Cristina Celestino for Moooi presents a graceful flowing backrest inspired by the shape of the Calla lily, making the seat as much a piece of sculpture as it is somewhere to get comfortable. It comes as a chaise long with one support for elegant solo reclining or with a wing-like double back that invites two people to sit together and converse.

Best of the Rest


Standalto by edra

Edra’s Standalto sofa by Francesco Binfaré is shaped like a jagged rock and available in almost any formation, with the seat expanding into the room for unexpected extra depth.


Sengu Bold by Cassina

The updated Sengu Bold sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina has off-kilter angles to encourage socialising, with a wide range of modules for forming a range of shapes and sizes.


DS-1030 by De Sede

The modular pieces of the DS-1030 sofa by De Sede are adaptable to numerous shapes and sizes – linear, L shape or something more bespoke.


Panoramic by Knoll

Shaped like a gently undulating wave, the Panoramic sofa by Piero Lissoni for Knoll can transform in an instant, its three slimline back pieces mobile and ready to explore.

Rule Breakers

Stealing the show and drawing in Salone crowds were a few unique pieces that refused to be put into a box or go along with the rest. What do they mean? Next year will we be talking about the return of pattern, even more extravagant shapes, kaleidoscopic stones and vivid shades, or are they just one hit wonders? We’ll see you next year to find out.

Top Pick: Stami by Gallotti & Radice

The Stami Daybed by Studiopepe for Gallotti & Radice wilfully ignores traditional design convention, its black ash legs seemingly dripping from the edge-less leather-enfolded oval base and cylindrical headrest.

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SuperMarble by Bontempi Casa

We sense green marble patterns on the horizon, Bontempi's new SuperMarble finish in Matt Pacific Green convincing us that next year verdant stones will be out in full force.


DS-800 by De Sede

De Sede’s DS-800 by Ubald Klug chair is an update of the brand’s iconic 1970s sectional sofa, a pared down open hand waiting to softly take hold of the body.


ZA:Za by Zanotta

A hedonistic blast of neon, the ZA:Za sofa by Studio Zaven for Zanotta is a reminder of the power of vivid colour, the acid shade becoming easy to live with on cushioned upholstery.


Tromonto a New York by Cassina

A world of design unto itself, the Tramonto a New York screen by Gaetano Pesce for Cassina is a technicolour New York skyline, crafted by hand for a Memphis-style burst of positivity.

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