Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011, also known as “Milan Design Week” is one of the largest furnishings and accessories exhibitions in the world. One of the global design trends I saw spinning out of this year's expo in April was a move towards asymmetry being influenced by one of the principles of biomimicry. Nature creates random forms and patterns, and the happy side effect of this move away from precision and neatness is that products can be configured and reconfigured according to the designers’ creativity or even, in some cases, the users’ needs or whims.
Below is a slideshow of some of the great examples of asymmetry we saw at Milan this year.
This is the first post in my new Jennifer on Style series, a weekly exploration of the trends and inspirations that are shaping the approach of designers to interior spaces around the world.
Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011-the 50th anniversary of the massive annual furnishings and accessories exhibition in Milan-provided the backdrop for InterfaceFLOR and its fiber partner Aquafil to host a group of customers in Italy for five days of inspiration, education, networking, and a considerable amount of fun. This year, 26 architects, interior designers, and end users from across the United States, Canada, and Latin America joined InterfaceFLOR and Aquafil representatives from North America and Europe to visit the Salone, tour the Aquafil extrusion facility on Italy's breathtaking Lake Garda, and soak up the culture, cuisine, and design of Milan, Verona, and Venice.
Salone always offers the most interesting and comprehensive vision of global design trends in commercial furnishings and finishes, and throughout the week, our guests pooled their thoughts (and pictures) to arrive at the following conclusions about what are the most evident influences in commercial design now. Overall, simplicity and lightness ruled, which i
s no surprise at a European design show. In this case, however, we got an overwhelming sense that the design community is embracing simplicity and honesty of materials as the new form and definition of luxury.
Below is a slideshow of some of the themes we saw at Milan this year. Over the next few weeks, we'll address each of these lasting inspirations in greater depth.
Posted in CategoryJennifer on Design|Comments Off on Jennifer on Style — InterfaceFLOR Takes On Milan Design Week