Milan Highlights Part 2: Furniture Focus


Written by Kate Usher

15 May 2019

In part one of our Milan series, we explored some of the themes and narratives emerging from the shows, and this time our focus shifts to furniture. Here’s a round-up of the important emerging furniture trends that we spotted across Milan Design Week 2019.

Cane and Rattan Updates

Right and top centre: Alvin Tjitrowirjo,  Top left: Studio Marfa, Centre Bottom: Studio Ryte, Left bottom: Peiwen Zou for Yensu 

We saw a number of new variations on shape and style exploring this increasingly popular material for furniture. Alvin Tjitrowirjo brings a new contemporary and youthful feel to rattan furniture with his Tropicália Modernity collection using Karuun rattan.  The Andy Chair by Studio Marfa and tables by Studio Ryte display Japanese simplicity and elegance with a modern twist.  The Coil Coat Rack by Peiwen Zou for Yensuo is made from a flexible rattan pinch material.

Fringing & Fur 

Left: Tasselled sofa by Pedro Franco Design, Centre Top: Tiki Table Lamps by Tero Kuitunen, Right: JP Demeyer & Co Centre, Bottom:Tufted Pouf by Lyk Carpet

Tassel trims and fringing were everywhere in Milan, from wildly impractical furniture pieces to fun titivating trims on lamps, mirrors and cushions.

Rugged & Raw

Left, Centre Top and Right: mirrors at Rossana Orlandi. Centre Bottom: Les Arcanistes Exhibit by Studio Pepe

Rough, rugged and almost lunar or volcanic textures were seen across accessories such as mirrors and tables. This brings a new raw and unrefined aesthetic to the home.

Heavy & Chunky Textures 

Left: Sebastian Cox England, Centre: Spasio Rossana Orlandi,  Right: Felix Pottinger at Salone Satellite

We saw numerous furniture designers experimenting with heavy textured surfaces which appeared to imitate animal skin, feathers and scales. Examples included cabinets with hand chiselled indentations at Sebastian Cox England, a wardrobe with feather-like texture carved from wood at Spasio Rossana Orlandi and innovative screens made from leather off-cuts by Felix Pottinger at Salone Satellite.

Continue to follow our Milan Design Week blog series to see more highlights from the show. 

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