MILAN MUSINGS

In it's "55th year of wow in design" the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan is a pre-eminent design fair that showcases thousands of designs from around the world in one place, from furniture to lighting, bathrooms to wallpaper . . . the event is a champion of innovation and internationality. 

Last year Jess recounted her ideal day at the fair with a "wish list" of what she would see and do if she were there. This year, once again, we have been poring over the design blogs and ogling the Instagram feeds of our industry colleagues who were pounding the pavement at Salone del Mobile. 

We have put together some of our favourite trends emerging from the fair this year and we can't wait until they reach our shores so we can begin imagining them in Australian homes and spaces. Enjoy.

The website Yatzer is an incredible resource by which to experience Salone del Mobile 2016. Pictured here, Wild Minimalism by Rooms, a collection of 7 handcrafted sculptural pieces. 

The website Yatzer is an incredible resource by which to experience Salone del Mobile 2016. Pictured here, Wild Minimalism by Rooms, a collection of 7 handcrafted sculptural pieces. 

British designer Lee Broom took his new collection of lighting to the streets, creating an Italian palazzo (complete with Ionic columns and elaborate mouldings) in the back of a van you could spot zipping around the city for most of the week.

British designer Lee Broom took his new collection of lighting to the streets, creating an Italian palazzo (complete with Ionic columns and elaborate mouldings) in the back of a van you could spot zipping around the city for most of the week.

French design house Hermés has long been at the forefront of producing iconic handbags, accessories and leather goods with their signature elegant style. At Milan's Salone del Mobile 2016, the label launched their 2016/2017 Homeware Collection, continuing their exciting foray into interior design.

French design house Hermés has long been at the forefront of producing iconic handbags, accessories and leather goods with their signature elegant style. At Milan's Salone del Mobile 2016, the label launched their 2016/2017 Homeware Collection, continuing their exciting foray into interior design.

During Milan design week 2016, New York-based design studio Apparatus debuts two lighting series — ‘circuit’ and ‘tassel‘ — alongside an extension to the ‘portal’ line in marble.

During Milan design week 2016, New York-based design studio Apparatus debuts two lighting series — ‘circuit’ and ‘tassel‘ — alongside an extension to the ‘portal’ line in marble.

British lighting and furniture designer with a fondness for copper, Tom Dixon will be returning to Milan this year to present an exciting collaboration with Caesarstone. 

British lighting and furniture designer with a fondness for copper, Tom Dixon will be returning to Milan this year to present an exciting collaboration with Caesarstone. 

Perfectly retro Verner Panton’s 1969 Flowerpot pendant in new blush colour.

Perfectly retro Verner Panton’s 1969 Flowerpot pendant in new blush colour.

Image 1 via Yatzer / Image 2 via Architectural Digest / Image 3 via Habitus Living / Image 4 via Klinamen / Image 5 via Habitus Living / Image 6 via Sight Unseen