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Milan – What Will Be?

Maison & Objet 20, Cecile Manz pouf, Fritz Hansen.

March offers a brief moment of reflection before the design world heads off to Milan, and, with colour information collated from Maison & Objet, Surface Design Show, Stockholm Furniture Fair and imm cologne, its possible to make some initial calls on key directions moving forward for the coming year.

It’s clear that there is a remarkable level of cohesion going on across the board, with most of the big names sticking to highly commercial palettes that have a proven track record. So, Millennial Pink, terracotta, navy, grey, forest green and brown were all popular choices. There was the odd foray into bright primaries, often influenced by African and Mediterranean themes, but these were firmly outliers to the prevailing winds of refined good taste. While these palettes are undeniably beautiful and the attention to detail on building subtle nuances within small controlled colour groups masterful, a little more innovation would have been welcome, if only to provide contrast.

It remains to be seen if Milan will follow suit or throw a little experimentation into the mix. For further reading, MIX Magazine issue 51, out 19th March, has more in-depth reports on the early shows.