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The latest interior trends from Italian design brands at Milano furniture fair

ITALIAN DESIGN TRENDS 2020 from Milano furniture fair Salone del Mobile 2019

 A roundup of Italian design trends as seen at Milano furniture fair Salone del Mobile


If you follow IB on social media you already know that I’ve been in Milano for the design week all the past week. It was an amazing week and I look forward to telling you more, both here and in our upcoming trendbook+webinar.

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In the meantime, today I am sharing the first round up about Salone del Mobile, with a focus on the main design trends for Italian brands. In fact, during my days in Milan, I had the opportunity to discover the latest news of some top Italian brands, thanks to a blog tour in the Salone del Mobile organized by Design Diffusion magazine together with other international design bloggers. We had the chance to talk with designers and see from a very close point of view the news from Poliform, Flou, Boffi and DePadova, Nardi Outdoor and Kartell .

Here the first round up about colours, materials, shapes and innovations spotted during my tour. Have a nice reading!

||Read more about the top Italian design magazines in this article


from Milano furniture fair Salone del Mobile 2019


Italian design Trends / Colors


This year, both at Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone, finally brands went for stronger use of colour. In fact, while off whites and neutrals are still a must, they are mixed with pops of colours, for a more interesting final effect. Among the hues, take not for example about forest green and pumpkin red (key colours at Flou), together with earthy tones that are still on trend. Colours are integrated into interiors with a beautiful tone on tone effect: even in total gold one, as proposed by Kartell.


New colours by Flou

New colours by Flou






Italian design Trends / Finishes and Materials


Very tactile finishes and soft materials, this is how I would recap the trend for Italian brands at Salone. Starting from soft fabrics, matched in layers of different patterns, with weaved textures. Plus, natural leather is adding a warm feeling to many different design, together with a touch of colour given by marble and stones in colourful finishes. Glass becomes tactile as well, with frosted and 3d finishes.


Key-lounge chair, design Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform

Standford chair, design Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform

Soft fabric + Leather: New Bond daybed, design Matteo Nunziati for Flou


Soft upholstery + Leather: Erei daybed, design Elisa Ossino for De Padova

Glass divider by ADL

Tactile and soft finishes, details

Lava powder finish for Natevo


Italian design Trends from Milano furniture fair / Shapes


Masculine shapes are softened with round corners. Seventies shapes, with a relaxed mood, and some Nineties accents give the inspiration to the latest collections, as seen for example at the Poliform booth.

Another key trend from this year are sculptural shapes: both in furniture design and in the stylings, bold objects with organic shapes are a common denominator for many different brands. From De Padova, new table designs with really architectural and sculptural shapes. At Boffi, sculptural shapes are introduced also in the bathroom environment.

Henry table, design Emmanuel Gallina for Poliform

Koi bed, design Carlo Colombo for Flou

Carlo table, design T. Morganti & R. J. Morganti for DePadova

French Concession table, design Piero Lissoni for DePadova

Multifunctional shelf Babele, design Matteo Nunziati for Natevo

Masculine yet soft shapes by De Padova + Boffi

Round Fisher bathtub, design Piero Lissoni for Boffi


Styling detail from De Padova

Styling detail from Poliform

Ashaa sculptural lamp by Natevo


Italian design Trends / Innovations


Modularity and multifunctional design are key trends of this moment and many new designs presented by brands move towards this direction. Italian design brands are giving also big attention to outdoor design, as much as for indoor furniture design. In order to match the outdoor design with our needs of a movable and multifunctional design, Nardi launched a new modular system for the outdoor called Komodo which allows for countless configurations.

Well-being and comfort are other big topics of this Salone, including a great attention towards the bedroom environment. To raise the idea of comfort at its maximum, Flou launched the new system Leonardo. A true change in the 40 years of the brand, the system includes four elements working in to respond to the need of the body and are totally handmade in natural materials.

Last but not least, design meets technologyKartell launched the first chair, called A.I., designed and produced thanks to a software which responded to the inputs by designer Philippe Starck. Always by the Italian brand, the new collection S/Matrik is crafted using a mould which enables the recreation of a really sculptural 3D net.


Komodo modular system for the outdoor, design Raffaello Galiotto for Nardi

Leonardo System by Flou


Smatrik stool, design Tokujin Yoshioka for Kartell

A.I. chair, design Philippe Starck in collaboration with Autodesk for Kartell


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