It’ s the end of the year and, as usual, we try to draw up a picture of the year that is about to end. Browsing through the topics on the blog, different trends emerge. Some of them are still in their starting stages, and will be developed in the future; others are already well established, and will be popular for a very long time. In the main picture, Box Life by Scavolini, a project for minimum space by Rainlight with HOK, inspired by today’s increasingly nomadic life.
Sustainability and Innovation: recycling, reuse and bio and organic materials
The new plastic, bio and recycled
In the furniture industry, bio plastic products are still few, because plastic for furniture needs resistance features not easy to achieve. Among the companies most involved in research, we can mention Kartell, which is developing plastics from natural fibers. The first product is the Biochair, designed by Antonio Citterio.
The italian brand Agape has also expanded its range of bathtubs by organic materials. Cristalplant Biobased is composed of 50% minerals and 50% polyester bioresin. The Neb bathtub, designed by Benedini Associati for Agape, thanks to Cristalplant Biobased, has a reduced weight and respects the environment.
Finally, to close the bioplastic roundup, Design # 1 by Revology, a contemporary version of the bistro chair. Legs and structure come in bio-plastic, a blend of flax and resin. Seat and backrest are also by plastic of organic origin which is extremely resistant, anti-scratch and customizable, thanks to a laser treatment. The joints are in recycled brass.
Agriculture as a resource
Meanwhile, in Thailand, they are developing technologies to reuse agricultural waste. Like these stools, made of rice straw with artificial bonding agents, which belong to the T Style – Eco Commercial Design project. Thai Ministry of Commerce and the DITP promote the project, to foster a culture of sustainable consumption.
The scientific research
Consciousness towards sustainability and innovation is becoming increasingly popular. Thus Siemens dedicated the heart of the “most sustainable building in the world”, The Crystal, to this subject. The space, a project by architects Jotta and Jump created by Shape Studio, is made with Bencore panels, very light, permeable to light and with honeycomb cladding.
Materials, textures, surfaces
Stone, marble and ceramics
Antoniolupi keeps on working with marble with Intreccio, by Paolo Ulian. Layered strips of transparent marble compose the corolla of a flower. Intreccio also focuses on saving material: from a single block of marble it is possible to create 4 washbasins.
At the London Design Festival, we have seen products made of very lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre. The Karbon by Actiu chair works with the properties of the material to create chair ergonomic and comfortable without mechanisms and, of course, very lightweight.
The wood rediscovered
The Torsion table, by Mario Bellini for Natuzzi, features an unexpected use of wood. Panels by olive wood, which comes from Puglia, homeland of Natuzzi, opens and unfolds in a corolla, creating a striking base.
Speaking of metals, the Thinness collection of 06D, a design studio founded in London by a couple of Italian designers, is made up of chairs, tables, chandeliers, in folded metal, welded and hand-finished, with a thickness of only 2 mm (3 mm the lamp).
Awarded with the Salone del Mobile.Milano Award 2018, the Japanese kitchen brand Sanwa developed different models of mini-kitchens complete with all functions, designed by many internationally renowned designers.
For some years now, Boffi re-edited the iconic mini-kitchen in the history of design, designed by Joe Colombo in 1963. Minikitchen is manufactured in white Corian, in marine plywood for outdoor use, and is also available in Paperstone® or lacquered.
Smart home and technology
Natuzzi developed a Smart Living program, unveiled at the Milan Salone del Mobile 2018. Created in partnership with LG Electronics, the Natuzzi smart living program allows the Colosseum sofa, designed by Mauro Lipparini, to be the heart of a smart living, connected to many other household elements, including lighting, TV, air purifier, etc.. A virtual assistant, voice-controlled, or a smartphone app, handle the functions.
A clean, fragrant and sanitized atmosphere is that of the Armadio al Centimetro (Wardrobes) by Lema. LEMA Air Cleaning System is a worldwide exclusive patented mechanism which purifies the cabinet interior, reducing up to 90% of bad smells.
New trends for home-office and offices
Privacy, calm, silence. Whether at home or in the office, this is what everyone is looking for, especially in open spaces. A few minutes of concentration, for a special phone call, for an email, to check an account or simply for a bit of silence. Snowsofa, part of the Snowsound system by Caimi Brevetti, is an acoustic sofa designed by Sezgin Aksu, with a high back made of Snowsound-Fiber fabrics.
Finally, a trend always alive, inspired by nature and flowers.
Also part of the trend is the Greenwood collection by Alessandra Baldereschi for Ichendorf, in transparent glass with delicate accents of color.
A final touch is the color Pantone 2019, Living Coral. Even though for us, who monitor and take part to the Milan Design Week, this is not really new, since Cristina Celestino designed the Tram Corallo already in April 2018 in Milan.