Apr 20, 2018 | By Sarah Housley
Feb 02, 2018
By WGSN Insider
Last week, WGSN’s Lifestyle & Interiors experts hosted a series of talks and presentations at the HOMI interiors trade show’s trend café in Milan.
We presented a bespoke series of trend presentations to visitors, translating our Vision into market-specific Lifestyle, Interiors and CMF Macro Trends for Italy.
HOMI is growing in both popularity and traction, with more international visitors and growth year-on-year, and showcasing a real breadth of Italian retailers, designers and brands.
While we were there, we took the opportunity to look at some of the best interior accessories to hit the Italian market this season.
Here are four supplies that should be on your radar.
First up at The Hybrid Lounge, one of the most exciting exhibits within HOMI, we caught The Underground Table Collection in Silipol by DWA Design Studio and Mariotti Fulget on show.
The stand was curated by the Poli Technic Design school, and hosted a series of panel discussions around materials and ‘economies of scale’.
The individual materials were presented at HOMI alongside the final table execution in Silipol, a material the designers developed themselves coined as ‘a material born from the creative and innovative spirit that characterised Milan in the 50s’.
Atlas’ Handmade mirrors and table tops were a real standout, mixing hard and soft materials for a geometric and industrial aesthetic. With each piece shaped through a numerical control machine and then assembled by skilled workers, quality is ensured across every unique piece. Stone, brass, copper, steel, leather and mirror are paired with different brushes and ageing patinas over time – the considered curation of the elements create a beautifully graphic, premium aesthetic.
Italian design agency Gum Design are commenting on the fragility of our landscape in their latest designs – terracotta vessels enclosed by a heavy stone lid. Pecorella Marmi and Ceramiche Pierluca have collaborated with Gum Design to produce these pieces in a variety of shapes, and the designs also reflect how history can be traced through materials.
Lastly, the Fuwas lamp from Hands on Design, a brand that produces decorative objects, tableware and lamps, were a WGSN favourite. Designed by Setsu & Shinobu Ito and manufactured by Andrea Luppichini, the designs highlighted the natural cracks and veins of the material quality in the extruded Alabaster rock and the backlighting gives a warm glow and taps into a wellness-conscious interior design aesthetic.
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