Emerging Design Trends from Milan Furniture Fair 2012

This is an exciting time for modern furniture design in Italy as we are seeing the emergence of more organic based designs with the emphasis on natural materials at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair.  Many of the leading design companies were using more wood, stone, metal and leather with natural finishes to create what I would describe as a dressed down relaxed elegance.  This new design trend of creating a more soft touch relaxed home environment, a calm away from the storm can be seen as a response to our high speed multitasking lifestyles and the erosion of our leisure time with increasing ability to work at home thanks to new communication technologies.  One of the more interesting products showing this look is the Sigma table designed by Philip Jackson for Cattelan Italia which combines a rich looking walnut wood top with natural free form edges and metal I beam bases.

SIGMA Table - Modern furniture by Italydesign.com


Another example of the trend for relaxed design is the Noe sofa designed by Lievore Altherr Molina for Verzelloni which is available in a new distressed leather with visible seams.

NOE-Sofa - Modern Furniture by Italydesign.com

NOE - Sofa

Also available in the same collection is the matching small table/ottoman.  The Noe sofa is an extension of the Zoe family of chairs and chaise longue by the same designer.  The Zoe is an enveloping chair, ”a modern Italian bean bag chair“ which is made with 5 separate chambers, containing expanded polystyrene pearls.

ZOE Chair - Modern Furniture by Italydesign.com

ZOE - Chair

Each chamber is made with a zip equipped with a safety pocket.  The Zoe chair is also available as an outdoor version.  We are pleased to add these new and exciting designs to our collection.  Check back with our blog for updates of the many new and exciting items we have added to our collection from this year’s Milan Furniture Fair.

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