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The Interiors Trends to Know

FEATURE: LONG READ
Words By Bridie Newman

It’s human nature to crave the new and exciting. When it comes to interiors, this feeling was evident nowhere more than Milan last month. The streets were bustling for its annual Design Week which, for the unacquainted, is the London Fashion Week of furniture and the main event is Salone del Mobile. Back in full force after two years of cancellations, the 60th edition of the furniture fair was focused on environmental responsibility.  

Many brands exhibited a return to nature – from the materials to the traditional techniques used. This may feel like it’s been done before but not through lack of ideas. Over the last few years, our concept of what it means to live comfortably has shifted and we’re seeking soothing interiors that make us feel as good as they look.

Amongst the many attendees of Salone del Mobile was Mia Monasingh-Brown from Harrods Interior Design who told us there was a palpable excitement in the air and the brands showcasing came back with a bang, pushing the annual event back to the top of the design calendar. Read on for her interior predictions from the trends she identified.

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The Great Outdoors

“Furnishing our outdoor spaces has become just as important as our indoor spaces” says Mia, who saw a huge focus on garden furniture at the fair this year. It’s not surprising given the last few years of lockdowns, not to mention the summer sunshine. With design-led sofas and dining tables being reimagined for all weathers, it’s clear alfresco living is having its moment in the sun.

Inspired by Nature

There’s no question about it: organic materials are trending with Mia noting the use of timber, rattan, marbles, linen and cotton – but not as we traditionally know them. “Brands were interpreting them in innovative ways: stone was treated with leather finishes, reeded and sandblasted; travertine has made a comeback in everything from lamps to coffee tables; and boucle has been revived in rich colours and integrated patterns from the likes of Versace and Fendi Casa” explains Mia.

  • Fendi Casa boucle headboard

    Fendi Casa

  • Fendi Casa boucle sofa

    Fendi Casa

  • Fendi Casa marble table

    Fendi Casa

Adaptable Forms

Milan Design Week was abundant with modular products from the likes of Baxter, Flexform and Versace. Mia explains “since we now consider our homes as flexible spaces for working, relaxing and entertaining, it was only natural that furniture would become adaptable to accommodate this lifestyle.” Her advice? Start with the sofa – “over the years we’ve seen them become more and more customisable to suit different settings, and this is a trend that will stand the test of time”

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Sustainable Materials

“Material innovation was a big topic and we’re seeing brands diversify their ranges to include more conscious material choices, including vegan options, making it easier to shop more responsibly” says Mia. This trend isn’t confined to textiles and furniture but wallpaper too. “Cole & Son collaborated with Stella McCartney to launch Fungi Forest; a wallpaper printed on a new eco substrate derived from 79% renewable fibres whose manufacturing process uses 30% less greenhouse gases than traditional non-woven wallcoverings.”

Palette Earth

Move over grey, the trending tones of Salone del Mobile were rich, earthy hues, evoking a sense of warmth and calm. Mia explains “moving away from monochrome, brands like Baxter opted for softer tones of beige and cream, accented with rugs, bedding and soft furnishings in nature-inspired shades like greens, blues and terracotta”, further reinforcing the connection to the natural world seen throughout the furniture fair.

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