Milan, Italy’s Design Week is the destination for those who want to be first to see the newest contemporary design trends. Architects, designers and retailers all converge with the latest furniture pieces and avant-garde home objects. Soft edges, pastels and lots of Art Deco inspiration dominated the show this year. Here’s a roundup of the coolest (and most out-there) creations from Milan Design Week 2018.
The entrance to Missoni’s showroom for Milan Design Week 2018 featured oversized textiles printed in the fashion house’s signature patterns and colors. Image: Missoni Home
Patricia Urquiola’s Milan Design Week 2018 work
Designer and art director Patricia Urquiola created some of the most memorable pieces of the show. Her color selection and fluid lines were on-trend with the soft tones and Art-Deco-inspired vibe. Her collaboration of leather goods with Louis Vuitton for their Objets Nomades show were especially striking. Photography by Patricia Urquiola.
Contemporary chairs and sofas
Modular pieces and color were popular among the best contemporary sofa and chair designs in Milan Design Week 2018, adding fun and personality back into the formal living room space.
Tape by Benjamin Hubert for Moroso is a collection of modular pieces that mix and match to the configuration of your choice. Polyurethane tape in a contrasting color, which is used for sportswear, joins the seams of the collection. Image: Moroso
Gerrit Rietveld’s Beugel Chair was produced in 1930 but got a refresh with modern materials. The design of chair remains unchanged; it looks as contemporary today as it did nearly 90 years ago. Chair and image: Cassina
Arper’s Kiik Collection, designed by Iwasaki Studios, is inspired by Japanese minimalism. Image: Arper
This outdoor stool is shaped like a donut, created by Mikiya Kabayashi for Diabla. Image: Diabla
Wisse Trooster’s Cardboard and LED lights for Cartoni are lightweight and earth-friendly. Image: Cartoni
Oversized orbs of pleated fabric create these dramatic hanging pendant lamps. Product and image: PaulinePlusLuis
Designer Federica Biasi was inspired by antique Art Deco lamps when creating this updated Deco pendant. Image: Federica Biasi
Sonos has finally broken from its signature black and white wireless speaker design. In collaboration with the Danish design brand HAY, the speakers come in yellow, red and emerald green. Image: Sonos
Simone Crestani reimagined the ordinary carafe and made it rock-and-roll sexy. Image: Simone Crestani
Some objects and furniture pieces were odd, yet beautifully fascinating. The following had visitors doing double takes as they passed.
Erez Nevi Pana designed a line of “vegetarian” furniture like this Salts Stool with earthy elements like salt and soil. Check out the fascinating process of how he made this stool here. Image: Erez Nevi Pana
“Puddle” is a blown glass orb that appears to be melting off the table. Object and image: Elinor Portnoy
This whimsical lamp would be perfect in a baby’s nursery. Chandelier and image: Marcantonio Raymond Malerba
The Justine Cabinet in presented in an unusual kidney shape. Cabinet design and image: Matteo Cibic
Textile and texture
Cristina Celestine found inspiration in Renaissance-era garden grottos for these new tiles. Image: Fornace Brioni
Spanish fashion house Loewe’s new line of home textile went global with Japanese silk, African weaves and Indian textiles. Image: Loewe
Bottega Veneta’s new table line features patterned Travertine tops. No two are alike. Image: Bottega Veneta
What’s your favorite contemporary item from this year’s Milan Design Week? We’d love to hear in the comments.