Sunday, April 22, 2018

Naturdeco. The room of the living world. MDW 2018 Report: Day 6

Flora and fauna come indoors with soft decoration, some more permanent. The world’s most industry-defining furniture makers introduce their new products at Milan during Design Week as a critical focal point in their calendars, marking the beginning of global trade for the new collections.

While core products demand innovation and newness, creating perfect ambiences for them to be seen in is most difficult, since architects, designers and buyers from all continents, and hence various influences, are present. Nature has always been inspirational to human creativity, right from the time when the sun was first worshipped for bringing life giving warmth and light. And so it is at Milan Design Week 2018. Inspiration from Nature mitigates risk while triggering the instinctive comfort that we humans possess within.

Here are key observations on Naturdeco, a new stylistic language in interiors:
Tall plants, shrubs and small trees in pots with unusual, fancy planters.
Elements from the insect world, not just butterflies and dragonflies, but beetles, ants, exotic birds and mammals, are evident in tabletop and shelving props, panels, partitions, bookends, wall prints, frames images, and wallpaper. Many of these are presented in reduced form and in monotones, often in gold.
Non-repetitive organic motifs are popular, and are creatively used, flowing from wall to ceiling.

Naturdeco is a trend that’s here to stay as we get closer to environmental matters in our lifestyles.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Interior Design Trend Analysis MDW 2018 Report: Day 4 and Day 5

Colours. Change and challenge.

Colours and finishes matter greatly to the interior design and furniture industry, simply because of the large number of uniquely produced elements that come together to make a room beautiful and functional.

When a sofa engages with a handmade carpet, the colour synergy pre-exists in the system. These tones are made to come together by an interior designer or architect on the notion that they present the right picture, for that room. And of course it depends on the skill and effectiveness of the designer creating the ensemble.

We found some vividly established trends, across all segments.

Perhaps the biggest trend is the use of gold, bronze and brass - a vague assimilation of symbiont metallics that is best described as alchemical, or surreal. Legs of chairs, vertical supports of shelving, Richness and class are direct results.

Dark and light - the usage of similar colours in two deeply contrasting tones.
A dark forest green and a lighter, almost desaturated pastel green.
Wine red/burgundy and light pink.
Deep rust/terracotta and a subtle peach.
Royal blue and the baby blue off-tone.

These need not exist together; the colour palette has expanded such that they are seldom used in concert. More often, the darks are used together, as are the pastels. This evens out the context of presentation, in say, for example, a dining space with chairs of multiple colour tones. One thing to note though - the darks work best with single tone upholstery, especially velvet.

These tones are being used in upholstery, laminates, paints on walls and cabinetry, carpets, drapes, wallpaper. They go well with metallics.

Bronze-gold, high gloss black chrome and warm grey metallics are accents that are used for legs of tables and cabinets, small panels, taps, handles and small decorative elements. They are required to add a luxe quality to any ambience.

Warm grey and blue remain primary base colours, and are used on core surfaces - walls, ceiling and floor - setting the stage for class and style easily. Blue, golden yellow and even red maintain relevance, as product differentiators.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Milan Design Week 2018 Report: Day 2 and Day 3

There's so much happening at the Milan Design Week that we have covered both Day 2 and Day 3 in this article. We've been touring around different brands, exhibitions, and art installations and here are some trends and new designs that caught our attention.

Day 2
Easily seen is the technology driving new innovation in furniture. Sofas with 360 degrees movement, seen in Koinor's new design 360° sofa, it moves to whichever angle you want. Each seat can be adjusted to any angle and allows you to relax in a comfortable posture with adjustable headrest and footrest. The coffee tables are no longer fixed, they open out when you need them, with a single touch.

From living, you will see new technology entering dining space. Inspired by the tech culture, the new Lab dining table by Calligaris extends with a touch of a button. It keeps the legs on the perimeter for maximum comfort. The table contains experience, craftsmanship, and the latest technologies of living. Lab is equipped with safety control system and a rechargeable battery that guarantees long life.

This year when it comes key trending materials brass tones and natural woods in contemporary forms mark a strong new trend. Brass tones were also seen in Molteni&C's cabinetry. The secondary trending materials include glass, metal, and stone on tables across most brands. Marble seems to be disappearing in this year's collection.

Velvets in different tones have surfaced as the defining upholstery material of the year.

This year the walls have caught our extra attention with intense colour schemes in kitchens, bathrooms, living.

Day 3
This year transformation, motion/movement, and flow seem to be the primary ideology behind the cutting-edge designs. One of the noteworthy mentions is the Blossom table by A. Casati. Parts of the table open up like curtain bringing surprise as an emotion at the very heart of the design. Movement is also very clear in Calligaris' table and the coffee table we mentioned earlier.

Our visit to Salone Satellite was quite interesting with young designers having recognised and won the Red Dot award. Natalia Wieteska's Brinkk sideboard is a storage solution inspired by the sculptural forms of contemporary architecture. The seemingly gravity-defying, monolithic, block of timber with its incision is an exercise in precision and perspective. The full collection consists of a range of sideboards and bookshelves which use this approach as inspiration. This product has won the Red Dot Award for Design Concept. Cecilia Xinyu Zhang is another young designer whose works - The Fifth D Clock and Equant Suspension are worth mentioning as well.

When it comes to bathrooms, Cleanet Riva shower toilet is something new with the sensor based washer. A design by Laufen.

Another exciting design was the Dornbracht’s “Aquamoon,” created in collaboration with designer Michael Neumayr. It consists of the four different shower rays, which in combination with the different light scenarios make showering an experience for all the senses.

Keep watching this space for more. As we cover trending colours in our next article.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Design Manifesto - Milan Design Week, Day 1

Good design is the product of reason. This simplified notion is at the root of the attitude driving the spurt of new design at the Milan Furniture Fair this year.

The design community seems to have come out in force to make a statement that new ideas are the way to go, despite the changing geopolitical landscape across the globe. For over 50 years, iSaloni Milano has always been the birthplace of design and innovation in interiors and furniture. This year, we see numerous new materials, colours and concepts coming into vogue. While some of these have gained momentum from previous years, fashion trends have also entered mainstream interiors.

Most important though are the new design ideas that have risen from three things:

The past, a retro idiom of reinterpretation
Combination of pre-existing elements
Alternative materials being used
Manufacturers have integrated varied design philosophies and broken old rules.

‘Emotion’ is the core of the Milan manifesto this year. This is relevant at a time when much of the world is facing a demographic shift, and people from all over connect at will. Emotion is at the heart of the changing nature of furniture and that remains the basis of great design.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

What To Expect At The Milan Design Week 2018

The birthplace of trend setting furniture, a perfect milieu for design enthusiasts, an inspiration for architect's next design, Salone del Mobile 2018 also known as Milan Design Week is fast approaching. And we are excited to share what you can expect at the world's biggest furniture event.

The 57th edition of the fair for the first time in history will have a Manifesto. The Manifesto dictates calling for the city and the design industry to promote innovation and sustainability at this year's event. It is a declaration of intent geared to channelling the forces in Milan to work together to preserve the leadership role of both the city and the trade fair. The Manifesto calls for architects, designers, and brands to pay attention to the circular economy, respect Milan's architectural development, encourage sharing of ideas, and champion the work of young designers. The eight pivotal points Emotion, Enterprise, Quality, Design, Networking, Young people, Communication, Culture, and Milan At the Center are the cornerstones of the Manifesto and are not aimed at upsetting the foundations of the system. These values promote its virtuous action by imposing the lovemark Salone as an effective experience that works better and better than others.

This year the five exhibitions will be held concurrently from Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd April at Fiera Milano, Rho. Salone Internazionale del Mobile and International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition – split into 3 style categories: Classic: Tradition in the Future, Design and xLUX – will be joined by the biennial EuroCucina – plus its collateral event FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) – and International Bathroom Exhibition, as well as SaloneSatellite.

International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition

In its 29th edition, this exhibition is split into the three categories: Classic, Design and xLux. Classic: Tradition in the Future, draws on the values of tradition, craftsmanship and skill in the art of making furniture and objects in the classic style; Design, products that speak of functionality, innovation and boast a great sense of style and xLux, the section devoted to timeless luxury re-read in a contemporary key.  The Design category is the most robust, with more than 800 exhibitors unveiling the latest in bedrooms, dining rooms, hallways and furniture, among many other things. xLux and Classic, meanwhile, have 218 and 270 exhibitors.

Image Credits: iSaloni

Eurocucina 2018

The most influential names in kitchen design converge at Eurocucina, a forum geared toward all things high-end. Now in its 22nd year, the event, which has 111 exhibitors, will unveil the future organization and evolution of the most strategic environment of our house, increasingly ‘fluid, orderly and professional’. The event displays prototypes, models and appliances, explores the evolution of where we eat, what we eat and how we eat. The opening out into the living room is an established trend with modular containers and concealed work stations that appear only when home chefs need them. Materials and finishes: natural stone and coverings that replicate it, as well as wood and metal, are back. Colours reappear, also in very bright hues like purple and green.
This year, Eurocucina and its accompaniment, the tech-geared FTK: Technology for the Kitchen will showcase built-in appliances that are increasingly connected and integrated. Smart Kitchens require efficiency, sustainability, consumption control, safety and ease of use, as well as entertainment. There will be also innovative in-home solar panels and ideas for water management in the kitchen. You can expect to find modular additions, islands and items that can transform a kitchen from workspace to theatre.

Image Credits: iSaloni

International Bathroom Exhibition 2018

Once a strictly utilitarian zone, the modern bathroom has evolved to become a space of wellness and relaxation – and it’s becoming increasingly eco-conscious and digitally savvy. Expect to find ethically responsible products here, ranging from sanitary anti-bacterial surfaces, sustainable materials and digital tools aimed at reducing water and energy use. The exhibition will host 228 booths.

SaloneSatellite 2018

Tomorrow’s design stars seen today, an event that focuses exclusively on the work of young designers. Around 650 designers from the world’s leading design schools will be participating in the event. The focus will be on combining heritage with contemporary design. This year the theme assigned to the selected talents is “Africa/Latin America: Rising Design – Emerging Design”. The intention is to bring popular design into the limelight and point out what is on offer today or what we can expect to see in the near future in terms of solutions to social and environmental emergencies and an informed future lifestyle.

Living Nature

A pavilion developed by Ratti’s design and innovation studio, Carlo Ratti Associati. As visitors enter the five-metre-high, 500-square-metre installation, they will traverse side-by-side climactic microcosms emulating each of the four seasons. The pavilion is made of a crystal membrane with light-reactive sensors, while its roof is outfitted with solar cells, which generate the energy required to heat the pavilion. Living Nature.  is designed to explore  whether  or  not  a  space,  urban  or domestic,  can  become  more  human-friendly through the sustainable use of natural resources.


During the Fuorisalone, many locations often become a co -protagonist of the event. Many important brands located in the design districts introduce their new collections and host special events with live music and entertainment. Although the events are usually scattered throughout the city, the Fuorisalone recognizes a series of main districts, namely Porta Venezia, San Babila, Tortona, Ventura Centrale District, Brera Design District, Isola Design District, The 5 Vie, Sant’Ambrogio or San Gregorio, Triennale.

This is the basis of what you can expect from the Milan Design Week. The fair gives one a perfect opportunity to get to know the city and to discover the latest news and trends of International Design. Simply Sofas is covering the event live so you can get the insights into the latest world of design as it happens. Better more, an inspiration for your next interior project.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

How to Bring Indoor Comfort to Outdoor Living

Summer time is when we invite many outdoor activities. You may fancy a roof top restaurant you saw somewhere or an open air pub or a gig. But, you can enjoy the same entertainment at your home by taking the amusement to your backyard, balcony or patio. It is easy to do it in style and comfort with the right outdoor furniture. Our finest collection of outdoor furniture will fulfil all your Al fresco fete.

Arianne Garden

Arianne Garden by Fama is one such piece that matches your needs if you are looking for a weather resistant and low maintenance product. The fabric is waterproof with a polyethylene base. The modular system allows it to be placed together, individually or creating different shapes to adapt to your needs. The back folds down to create a table and at the same time encases the cushions so that they are protected from all weather conditions, family pets, and the like. The base is available in seven colours. Inspired by nature, this sofa offers great comfort and versatility.


If you're thinking of putting up a dining show in your backyard garden space or in your spacious balcony, we have a wide range of dining tables, coffee tables, and chairs to spruce the setting. There are few tables we like to mention, both functional and flexible. TheDuck by Bonaldo is a coffee table with a duck-like base, making the ideal piece for an outdoor setting. Matrioska by Tonin Casa is an unconventional coffee table with storage units. Other worthy mentions include Tonin Casa's Amira, Bonaldo's Planet, Orion, Kadou coffee and Assemblage.

Outdoor furniture by Calligaris

When it comes to chairs, we look for only one aspect – comfort. Bonaldo's Eddy chair designed by Alain Gilles and Swing rocking chair are a recreation of rocking grandpa/grandma chair as most people call it. If you have a brighter side to your personality, we are quite sure you prefer colourful furniture. Our wide range of outdoor chairs that can be used in living and dining as well are durable and do not require maintenance. Some of the worthy mentions include Calligaris' Ice, Hero, Area 51, Wien, Bonaldo's Birba, Pebble pouf, Tonin Casa's Batik stool, Aria, Hole, Sorbona, Zar.

Outdoor chairs by Calligaris

If you are not the chair type and prefer a classic style bench, our Becker bench will do the trick. The most surprising thing about this piece is that it swings or rocks (however you want to call it). We also have a dining set that goes along with the bench set up. Classy and trendy.

The Becker outdoor bench

And of course, summer is the apt time for rooftop, parties, lounging by the pool, entertaining friends, and BBQ's. Tonin Casa's KOS and IOS are the perfect additions to your pool side set up or garden setting. Both these tables have a storage unit for drinks and have the option of LED lighting for the base which makes a one-of-a-kind.

KOS by Tonin Casa

For cocktail, mocktail parties, Bordbar's bar cabinets are quite essential and useful for your liquid retreats. You can not only store bottles, but keep them chilled.

Bar cabinets by Bordbar

You may have many ideas for your dream patio or backyard soirĂ©e and we have a plethora of outdoor furniture options to customise and fulfil your summer dream ecstasy. So you can sit back and enjoy the moment till the summer lasts. 

Read also: How to Deck Up Your Outdoor Space for Summer

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sofa Beds For Every Style, Space, And Setting

Smart and functional furniture is the gospel of the new generation and the sofa bed is one among them. People generalise the idea of a sofa bed and strictly consider it as a great option only if you live in a small apartment. Well, we beg to differ and feel that sofa beds are not only an asset for small apartments, but are also a perfect choice for big apartments when you have unannounced guests staying over. All you have to do is give them your sofa and say 'make yourselves feel at home' or just have them figure out that there's a bed hidden in there. The best thing about modern sofa beds is that they make you think that they're just a normal three seater sofa when they can actually be a bed for two. The modern sofa beds are cleverly designed with style, practicality, and keeping comfort in mind without compromising on quality. You can now turn a sofa into a bed at the click of a button or by using an app on your phone.

A cosy oasis for rest and relaxation, the innovative Notturno sofa bed by Natuzzi, is an easily convertible piece conceptualised for urban living. It has a manually reclinable headrest and turns into a bed with one simple, effortless movement through its "Ready bed" mechanism. It's the ideal solution if you're looking for a versatile and quick to convert sofa into a bed. It includes storage compartment in the back for pillows. With its compact dimensions, Notturno can adapt easily to different space-related needs such as those of small or big apartments, study rooms and holiday homes. The mattress is available in either Spring, Memory Foam or Greenplus, which is eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, and antibacterial.

Looks like a regular sofa, but converts to a bed whenever the need arises. Bolero is a new sofa bed with the Fama distinctive style. A sofa bed that covers all user demands: it has a lower seat, a shorter depth, it is comfortable as a sofa and also as a bed, and all this without looking as a sofa bed. With an original and practical headrest system and a single action to unfold to a bed, this sofa bed is the ultimate in design, style, functionality, and comfort. You can choose from a large range of fabrics. The bed comes with a memory foam mattress.

Indy by Fama is a revolutionary and innovative design that stands out worldwide. Indy offers as many amazing positions as you like from a sofa to a bed at the touch of a button, and all this without having to get up. The smart design of the motorised backrest system allows you to adjust the depth of the sofa and the position of its back. It seats four people and can be controlled from your smartphone via an app. It can bring new life and functionality into any room. This design will change from now on the way you sleep. You can personalise this sofa with the wide range of exclusive fabric options. (Let's say more than 1000 different combinations of fabrics and colours) Indy sofa bed can bring new life and functionality into any room.

An Italian-made sofa bed by NicolettiHome. Alcova is a three seater sofa that transforms into a sofa bed with a simple mechanism. The bed has a foam mattress and has integrated storage compartment for pillows. The sofa can be customised with a choice of 3 different arm shapes, 9 different foot colours, and upholstered in 100% premium leather with a choice of colours. The perfect piece of furniture for those who have a taste for anything functional and flexible.

Multi-purpose or space-saving furniture is on the rise with living spaces becoming increasingly limited due to the temptations of modern life. Consumers are now seeking simple ways to maximise space without compromising on design or convenience. Check out our collection of stylish sofa beds that doubles up as a comfortable bed right in the heart of your home.

Friday, February 23, 2018

10 Furniture Fairs Every Architect and Interior Designer Should Know

If there's one important thing that has to be on the calendar list of architects, interior designers, and design enthusiast, it is the furniture fairs around the world. Although there are more than 50 such events we have compiled a list of the most important and the top events for you. These events will enhance your thoughts with new ideas, new skills, inspiration, meeting new people, and going beyond your comfort zone.

1. IMM Cologne
The most important interiors fair of the year - IMM Cologne shapes the furniture and design sector and the products that are good for business in the coming year. At the fair, you will find a unique variety of interior design ideas for every room, every style, and every requirement – from the basics all the way to designer items and luxury furnishings. It is regarded as a market-leading furniture show that showcases a huge breadth and depth of products. The IMM Cologne also provides an effective platform for up-and-coming designers. The show is extensive and covers living room, bedroom and bathroom furniture, mattresses, sleep systems, home textiles, wall coverings, floor coverings, lighting, accessories as well as bathroom fixtures and fittings. The interior designers, architects, designers, planners, interior decorators attend the fair. The fair gets more than 100,000 visitors from around the world.
Dates: 14th to 20th January, 2019. Cologne, Germany.

2. Salone del Mobile
Started in 1961, Salone del Mobile also known as Milan furniture Fair has grown on to be the largest trade fair of its kind in the world. The fair will witness more than 2,000 exhibiters, expects more than 300,000 visitors from over 165 different countries. At the 57th edition of the fair, there will be an International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, which will be split into 'classic' and 'design' sections. This year will be the return of the biennial events EuroCucina/FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) and the International Bathroom Exhibition, which take place in even years; Euroluce and Workplace3.0 are held in odd years. There's also SaloneSatellite, which is dedicated to young, emerging designers and serves as a launch pad into the world of design. Workplace 3.0 is another innovative display area dedicated to design and new technologies to re-design the different workplaces. The fair will showcase never-before-seen innovations, new materials, colour trends, cutting-edge design thinking, breakthrough styles, novelty in engineering and manufacturing. The event combines design, technology, flexibility, and sustainability. This show is a must-visit for any design lover.
Dates: 17th - 22nd April, 2018. Milan, Italy.

3. NYCxDesign
New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. The citywide celebration of design includes exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open visits. NYCxDesign highlights all the disciplines of design that New York has to offer, from architecture, lighting, and furniture to engineering and graphics. NYCxDESIGN invites local and global designers, organizations and other establishments interested in creating a design-related happening to participate in the celebration. Most NYCxDESIGN events are free to enter. The event takes place paralleled with International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Center, along with the local talent showcases Wanted Design (shown), in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Collective Design and the Frieze Art Fair also run concurrently.
Dates: 11th – 23rd May, 2018. New York, USA.

Credits: NYCxDesign

4. International Contemporary Furniture Fair
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is North America's platform for global design and regarded as the ‘Salone of America’. The four-day fair is held at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. More than 36,000  interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers flock to attend the event showcasing exhibitions from over 30 different countries. After Milan, it’s at the top of the list of must-see fairs. Focusing on high end and creative design, the fair is ripe for all kinds of new discoveries as many makers and brands launch new designs at ICFF. Tens of thousands of designers visit the fair to stock their stores and furnish their clients’ homes, and will be there right along with them bringing you the newest designs to delight and inspire. This event is also home to the ICFF Studio, a competition for designers with impressive prototype designs which are not yet in commercial production. The first three days of the event are trade-only days, and the fourth day is open to the general public. More than 800 exhibitors from all points of the globe will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.
Dates: 20th - 23rd May, 2018. New York, USA.

Credits: ICFF 

5. Design Miami
Another forum for design, Design Miami is where the top gallerists, designers, curators, and critics from around the world gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting and objets d’art. The show has quickly become one of the premier venues for collecting, curating and exhibiting high-end and coveted design pieces. Design Miami has also gained an international reputation since its inception in 2005 and has since expanded to Basel, Switzerland.
Dates: 12th - 17th June, 2018. Miami, USA.

Credits: Design Miami

6. NeoCon 
NeoCon is North America's most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. Held every June at The Mart in Chicago since 1969, NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation—offering ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future. The fair showcases the latest in office furniture, building materials, lighting, and textiles. Every year, nearly 50,000 design professionals visit this massive furniture and interior design fair featuring hundreds of top design brands. Attendees can also choose from over 100 free seminars during the fair. With so much time spent in workplaces, office design has grown in importance and popularity, making NeoCon one of the most highly regarded and attended trade shows in the industry. The show focuses the evolving commercial design and trends. In fact, 2018 is NeoCon’s 50th anniversary as the show for contract, hospitality, and commercial or workplace professionals and designers.
Dates: 11th -13th June, 2018 Chicago, US

Credits: NeoCon

7. Maison & Objet
Maison et Objet is a highly regarded event for professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions. The lifestyle show offers an eclectic mix of design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, tableware and bringing together a 360° product offering. The styles coexist in a multifaceted way, throughout the inventive show design which enlivens the spaces. This biannual fair is growing stronger every year, the last edition welcoming over a thousand exhibitors and more than 100,000 visitors. Held in Paris, for the design world, this is perhaps the best show for design inspiration in the world. Held in January and September, in conjunction with Paris Design Week, lot of architects , interior designers and design enthusiast come to see the latest trends and order the hottest looks for their design clients and retail stores worldwide. It is an exhibition dedicated to the design of decoration, furniture, gastronomy, fashion, the art of living and art. Overall, Maison&Objet is one of the leading venues for interior decoration, concept and retail, as well as luxury, design and architecture.
Dates: September 7th – 11th, 2018
January 18th – 22nd, 2019. Paris, France.

Credits: Maison et Objet

8. London Design Festival
London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. Within the ambit of London Design Festival, come fairs like 100% Design (UK's largest design trade show with distinct sections including interiors, design and build, kitchens and bathrooms, workplace and emerging brands) and Decorex International (on luxury design, art and craft). The London Design Fair is a popular trade show open to both trade visitors and members of the public. The fair hosts the largest collection of international exhibitions, designers, brands, country pavilions, features and exhibitions in one destination during the London Design Festival.
Dates: 15th - 23rd September 2018. London, UK

Credits: London Design Festival

9. Downtown Design Dubai
Downtown Design is the main platform in the Middle East for the region’s trade professionals to discover high-quality design from across the world. The fair takes place at the Dubai Design District and presents a carefully edited roster of established and emerging brands across a range of product categories; including furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, textiles, and accessories. Downtown Design is dedicated to providing a dynamic environment for buyers and brands to do business easily and efficiently and includes a number of industry talks.
Dates: 13th -16th November, 2018. Dubai, UAE.

Credits: Downtown Design

10. Ambiente  
Ambiente is a leading international trade fair for consumer goods that sees over 4,700 exhibitors, 140,000 visitors from over 150 countries each year. It is essentially divided into 'dining' (table, kitchen and household), 'giving' (products and gifts) and 'living' (covering the future of design for home, furnishing and decorating industry). Ambiente offers experience, innovative designs, new products, and the latest trends. This is the largest consumer goods show featuring housewares, home accents and more.
Dates: 8th -12th February, 2019. Frankfurt, Germany.

Credits: Ambiente

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trends To Use From the IMM Cologne Fair 2018

IMM Cologne is one of the most important furniture and interiors design events in the calendar. Held in the second week of January in Cologne, one of Germany's most unique cities, split by the river Rhine, innovation and technology remained the mainstay of the fair.

Here are some key observations from the fair.

Awaken early 20th century architectural styles in interiors. Boho chic shake up. Elements pushed together to create unexpected new experiences. To tell stories. Ehtnic patterns, cane elements, black and white images, and colourful fabrics with contemporary design. Past and present combine to make a new way.

Trend colours. Rust/brick red was easily the colour of the season, with the tone dominating marble tops, fabrics, leather and various other surface finishes. Olive green, warm blue remain favourites, and heartwood, the red tinted warm grey, is another colour being used in walls and larger surfaces, adding more character. While ultra violet, the fashion colour of the year, found its way into some aspects of interiors, a mixed palette of pastels were most notable.

Duality in materials. Velvets. Suede. Concrete. Metal. Walnut and oak remain favourites, but in a range of tones.

Forget minimalism, think order, simplicity and strokes of unexpected harmony. Simplify the old to build a new language.

Sustainability is a way of life. Steel enamel, ceramic, natural stone, marble, natural fibres. Materials that last long, reusable products, and low carbon footprint production is key.

Be natural. Integrating living plants into a space, no matter the size of the room, and green, or rather, a band of green hues.

Bathrooms are now fashion statements with individual design elements in the space. Gone is the safe play of warm tones and marble on walls.

Linoleum returns in tabletops, sideboards and cabinet inlays.

Solid wood grows in stature - tables, cupboards, sideboards and even sofas - in elegant, balanced forms.

Smart homes. Digital links to almost everything in the home.

Things to use, and to set your creative spirit free!