International Treasures

By Sklar Furnishings

Design Inspiration, Tips & Trends

May 19, 2015

Design shows worldwide are a constant driver of what we bring into our furniture showroom in Boca Raton. We’ve compiled our favorite contemporary design trends from major shows in Milan, Copenhagen and Paris for a quick guide on what’s trending in home design.

Milan’s Salone del Mobile is the absolute leader – it’s where global brands premiere their designs. To get a real taste of what’s coming up, Salone is the go-to show.

The Return of Memphis: In 1981 a group of Italian designers led by Ettore Sottsass changed the world of industrial design. They were known as the Memphis design group and they led the post-modern design movement that remained prevalent throughout the 1980s. It’s hallmarks were bright colors, geometric shapes and plastic laminate.

At this year’s show, Kartell led the return of Memphis by presenting unreleased designs by Sotssass who died in 2007. Kartell premiered a collection of his lamps, stools and vases signalling a major pivot towards a 1980s aesthetic. For a Memphis-inspired look try our Kartell Mademoiselle Dining Chair. Its geometric lines and polycarbonate frame scream Memphis. Our range of fabrics means you can personalize it to suit your home, while making a fashion-forward statement.

Copenhagen’s northmodern: This is Scandinavia’s newest design show and a great place to learn what’s happening in modern, sustainable design – championed by this region of Europe.

Naked bulbs were the biggest trend in lighting at this show. Light fixtures focused on exposing the beauty and utility of the incandescent light bulb through simple, metal light fixtures (often in brass), where the light bulb itself took center stage. For this industrial look whether it’s a lamp, chandelier or pendant lighting, it’s all about the full exposure of the light bulb.

Blue was the color of the show. It was seen in dramatic and rich dark hues on walls and in the softer shades like indigo for tie-dyed table cloths and striped area rugs. Hits of blush were also popular throughout the show.

Paris’s Maison & Objet is known for exhibiting smaller independent brands, and an impressive selection of fabrics, accessories and tableware.

Elaborate wallpaper prevails in 2015, with handmade gilded designs by Ulgador and bright colorful wallpaper depicting a carnival by Cole & Sons.

Intergalactic inspired designs reminiscent of the 1960’s futuristic aesthetic were seen in furniture and lighting and then there were the full-on galaxy printed rugs. To achieve the whimsical intergalactic look, choose pieces like the Sirius Chandelier. Its illuminated glass plates epitomize why the piece is named after a constellation.

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