I’m still processing the photos and impressions of the Furniture Fair/Kitchen Show (Salone del Mobile/Eurocucina) from Milan last week.
Without a doubt, this is one of the best shows I’ve attended. While I attended as a member of the BLANCO Design Council, I’m already making plans to attend another show in the future? Why? The exhibitors are not afraid to push the envelope in creative ways. In some ways, they have more license to do so — even the smallest booths are larger than North American displays. However, not every inch needs to be filled with product. I saw a lot of greenery at this show–plants, flowers, and even ponds.
To give you a little sense of this, take a look at this short video. What you’re seeing is the center of a booth from Minaccio10: An indoor rainfall spilling down onto a corroded metal island in the middle of a tropical pond. How’s this for an eye-catcher?
The rest of the booth was similarly thought out. This is a nod to an alternative 1900s Paris and maybe Jules Verne, with an eye towards industrial metals and feature controls, and combined with a hint of whimsy and in the case of the dining areas, a bit of elegance. The industrial trend is nothing new, but it was fun to see such a strong flavoring all in one booth.
Painted metal island with industrial shut off controls. Not to every taste perhaps but I can visualize some spaces where it would be beautiful.
Whimsey #1: Stock pots as pendant lights. Not something we’ll ever see; just a fun element to make show attendees look and comment.
Whimsey #2: This hood fan might not be most practical but would fit into a steampunk kitchen just fine.
Whimsey #3: Continuing with the water/industrial theme: a new meaning to vessel sinks.
A re-interpretation of turn-of-the-century cabinets.
Dining room vignette: A lot of design at the show features beautiful finishes on the interior as much as the exterior. Also note the light – perfectly in keeping with the rest of the booth.
Some of the elements I would take away from this for my clients would be colors. We don’t have the loft styles or older buildings that some of this style would go so well with. I’m thinking that we’re also going to be seeing a lot more matte finishes in our future, especially black. Go back and look at the photos again and note how few shiny finishes there are.
What do you think?
Until next time,