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.
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.