During the second week of April, Milan hosts the famous Milano Design Week, which includes the international Salone del Mobile fair at the exhibition centre and Fuorisalone, a collection of events, product exhibitions, performances, and installations throughout the city.

The urban exhibition spaces can be branded showrooms or more alternative locations, such as disused industrial sites, open-air spaces or former mansions or villas in the city centre or on the outskirts. It’s the perfect occasion to catch up on architecture, interior design and communication in the fashion and luxury sector.

Interior Design Trends

1. Sculptural, not functional, pieces

El diseño se irgue en el centro de la conversación, siendo la usabilidad del producto un aspecto secundario. Las piezas de mobiliario se convierten en piezas escultóricas, elaboradas con materiales nobles y una amplia gama cromática.

2. Bordeaux is the star.

The Negroni Sbagliato overtook Aperol Spritz, Gucci took over burgundy to re-edit five of the house’s classics in collaboration with Tachinni Italy, and even emerging brands dared to use deep, dark reds.

3. Furniture with enveloping shapes.

We observe sofas and chaise lounges that go from having geometric shapes in L or line to breaking with the established and generating curves or combined perspectives. Not without forgetting the armchairs or bed headboards that become more transgressive and opt for organic and padded shapes.

4. The classics are back but reinterpreted.

The whole of Milan breathed an electrifying energy of the 70s fused with elegant Art Deco craftsmanship. This cocktail of eras was reflected in vibrant shades such as burgundy and petrol and materials such as lacquer and steel (sometimes oxidised, sometimes satin or chromed). It was a blend of glamorous New York Halston and Viennese modernism.

5. Craftsmanship: a talking point.

Luxury brands like Hermes or Loewe are committed to craftsmanship and organic materials for decorative pieces and lighting fixtures. The product has value, but this becomes incalculable when the artisan and his savoir-faire become the centre of the conversation.