Milan Furniture Fair | April 2015 | Trends

Across the Salone 2015 from the main fair to the design districts, there was a hive of activity. With a feeling of optimism quirk and colour. I've taken over 600 photos so there was certainty plenty to catch my eye.

As well as key materials like Marble, that isn't going anywhere, other emerging materials are becoming more prevalent. A cross upholstery, velvet and show wood frames. Contrasting material finishes with chrome and metallics but also dead Matt finishes. Composite and upcycled materials, used in chairs and tables. And plenty of colourful stained timber.

The next decade revival is the 80's, with Memphis patterns and block graphic shapes.

Rho Fiera Show highlights so far hearing the TOG designers speak about launching their new items. Ercol's new Flow chair designed by Tomoko Azumi had some beautiful details. Designers to watch for the future in the Satellite Andreas Bergsaker and his dictate lights. Hanna Kaaina Heikkliä and her miniature glass trees.  

Further afield and into the city I was served in the Lee Broom department store; a great space with plenty of new products. 

 Composite and upcycled materials: The Alifi chair by Jasper Morrison for Emeco - made from 100% industrial waste. 

Composite and upcycled materials: The Alifi chair by Jasper Morrison for Emeco - made from 100% industrial waste. 

 Stained timber, in bright colours with the grain showing through beautifully demonstrated by "Out of Space" in the Salone Satellite. 

Stained timber, in bright colours with the grain showing through beautifully demonstrated by "Out of Space" in the Salone Satellite. 

 Pink and red, this trend was beginning to emerge at Maison et Objet; with classically non-complimentary colours being paired together. Using tonally within the same colour pallet. 

Pink and red, this trend was beginning to emerge at Maison et Objet; with classically non-complimentary colours being paired together. Using tonally within the same colour pallet. 

 The theme for 2012-2014 was Ombre, this is now moving on to graduated colour and multitonal colour. a more pixilated approach to a gradient of colour. 

The theme for 2012-2014 was Ombre, this is now moving on to graduated colour and multitonal colour. a more pixilated approach to a gradient of colour. 

 Gone are the days of high gloss, not a dead matt finish almost chalky surface is emerging. From biscuit fired ceramics to injection moulded chairs by Kartell. Above; powder coated shelves by Alex Ortega Design Studio and ceiling lights by Andreas Bergsaker.

Gone are the days of high gloss, not a dead matt finish almost chalky surface is emerging. From biscuit fired ceramics to injection moulded chairs by Kartell. Above; powder coated shelves by Alex Ortega Design Studio and ceiling lights by Andreas Bergsaker.

 Back to the 50's when everything was Sputnik inspired, now the Moon and cosmos seem to be a source of inspiration once again. " My Moon, My table" by Diesel. Full Moon light by EY Products and top left "Inverted Space Table" by BCXSY x Calico Wallpaper, which was a captivating surface finish. 

Back to the 50's when everything was Sputnik inspired, now the Moon and cosmos seem to be a source of inspiration once again. " My Moon, My table" by Diesel. Full Moon light by EY Products and top left "Inverted Space Table" by BCXSY x Calico Wallpaper, which was a captivating surface finish. 

 Soon we'll all have shoulder pads too - with the 80's and memphis patterns making a strong resurgence. Vases from spazio Rossana Orlandi, The Drunk table and Light by Lee Broom and Kartell items and display by Ettore Sottass, one of the original designers from the Memphis movement. 

Soon we'll all have shoulder pads too - with the 80's and memphis patterns making a strong resurgence. Vases from spazio Rossana Orlandi, The Drunk table and Light by Lee Broom and Kartell items and display by Ettore Sottass, one of the original designers from the Memphis movement. 

 Velvet - used in subtle tones to emphasise the curve and surface of an upholstered piece. I totally love the jewellery-like quality of the "Stay Dinging Chair' by Se. 

Velvet - used in subtle tones to emphasise the curve and surface of an upholstered piece. I totally love the jewellery-like quality of the "Stay Dinging Chair' by Se. 

Milan this year was all about amazing spaces.

There have been some really grand settings, with the juxtaposition of modern design and historical buildings from the Louis Vuitton objets Nomades to the Caesarstone swing installation. Nendo had been extremely prolific this year with the Museo Della Permanente full of 1 years work; the display was executed using his elegant attention to detail.

  Max Lamb  exhibited 42 of his seat designs at Via Zecca Vecchio 3. With his designs doing the talking in the pared down space.  

Max Lamb exhibited 42 of his seat designs at Via Zecca Vecchio 3. With his designs doing the talking in the pared down space. 

 20 large vases by Philipe Malouin for Caesarstone.

20 large vases by Philipe Malouin for Caesarstone.

  Caesarstone swing installation

Caesarstone swing installation

 For most grown ups without young children, it had been a while since we had so much fun..you can see the blurred smiling face of David Irwin.

For most grown ups without young children, it had been a while since we had so much fun..you can see the blurred smiling face of David Irwin.

 Nendo -  Museo Della Permanente. 

Nendo - Museo Della Permanente. 

  Louis Vuitton objets Nomades

Louis Vuitton objets Nomades



Doggy Style

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Kirsty_Whyte_China_Blog_Dogs (34) No this isn't a cheap trick to get more views on my website.

Having a well coiffured pooch is serious business here in Shanghai. Especially with our recent inclement weather; it's not like they have fur or anything to keep them warm!

It is never long until you spot a well healed canine strutting the pavement with its doting owner.

The only issue is I'm always to distracted by what the latest trend the dogs wearing to get a decent photograph! So there are allot of doggy bottoms I'm afraid!

Dog is a mans best friend, but looking at the outfits below I think dogs would like to review the situation!

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“Thriller, Thriller nights…” Shamon!

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The Jumpsuit; it never goes out of style!

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More traditional attire (he looked like a lion)!

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Having a dog in China isn't just for companionship it is also a statement about wealth; that you can afford to feed another mouth that isn't human. And as with all fashion/social statements only the best is good enough!

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Hoodies are so in right now.

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You can be my wing man any time!

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Ahhh a girl dog…I hope.

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Vogue!

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The apré ski look. Something a bit weird about a dog wearing fur!

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His and hers.

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Just chilling at work.

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Hip Hop don’t stop.

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This is the smallest dog ever..

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No this is! See the boots to the right for scale.

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And I know this dog isn’t wearing any additional attire, but wow is he fluffy!

Dog Brogues, very Shoreditch.

I can't wait to see what Spring/Summer 2012 looks there'll be!

Trend Spotting - Spectacle Mania!

Kirsty Whyte Designer Heals Made.com Glasses

All my life I’ve needed glasses; pre-1984 I would frequently walk into table tops, lamp posts, door frames; you get the idea! Then I got my first dashing pair of NHS glasses on my first week of school! Capture

Here you can see me sporting my much cherished ‘My little Pony’ specs (they has a little My little Pony picture embedded in each arm). It’s always been a love hate relationship; needing them to see but them impeding on day to day life, playing sport, not looking like a nerd, repelling boys I fancied at school!

And now somehow glasses have become cool once more, and no longer for just the focus impaired like myself. People with 20:20 are adopting specs, thanks to celebrities like Kanye West and Beiber. It seems to be the cool thing to do here in Shanghai too. I can’t stop spotting people wearing glasses WITH NO LENSES….Why?!!!!!!

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Taking covert photos of people modelling this look is very tricky:

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And I’m not surprised so many people wear glasses, as this weekend I took a visit to 3 Yeh Optical Market . I was in glasses heaven, rows and rows of cool and cheap glasses, some more practical than others.

Paul my co-contributing blogger (and other half) need some new specs after staring at a computer screen too much, so took the plunge. While there I couldn’t resist trying on a pair or two myself.

Here is a pick of the best; do you think I should get a pair?

 

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Looking cool!

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Tortoise shell…boring!

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“Hello Kitty!”

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Joe 90?

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I think I love them!

This photo has the trend twice!

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Glasses with bamboo arms, pretty cool.

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Channelling Chucky from Rugrats!

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It’s wacaday!

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Can I pull this look off?!

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Eye test free, frames £30 lenses £20 looking super cool priceless. Well allot cheaper than the £500 I paid for my last pair in the UK anyway.