From June 7th to June 12th, the Sklar team went international, attending the Salone del Mobile.Milano 2022 at the Milan Fairgrounds in Rho, Italy. With summer temperatures in full swing, the high-90 temperatures and bright sunshine matched the buoyant, excitable mood throughout the market. The Salone 2022 brought more than just two years of new products and trends — it brought friends together, greeting each other with real hugs and smiles after a long pandemic hiatus. Salone 2022 not only gave Sklar a chance to catch up with old connections, but we also explored incredible new innovations and trends in furniture.
One major trend that caught our eye was the explosion of marble and ceramic pieces this season. We saw marble and ceramic pieces from many vendors, featuring incredible patterns, colours, and mixes. From vibrant, earthy greens and browns to soft, pastel blues and pinks, designers are leveraging the entire color spectrum in their pieces. With their mixed textures and hues, marble and ceramic pieces are guaranteed showstoppers.
Tabletops at Salone were the polar opposite of the colorful ceramics and marbles we saw. With a complete absence of color, black tabletops dominated the scene. In coffee tables, dining tables, and accent tables alike, black tabletops were around every corner from a plethora of designers. Boasting textured gloss, soft matte, and dimpled finishes, we saw options for every style and aesthetic with these pieces.
By the fourth day of Salone 2022, we recognized another extremely subtle trend: tons of metal accents on both chairs and ottomans. As soon as we pinpointed this new trend, we noticed it everywhere! Brass and chrome feet or legs extend up from the ground onto the bottom third of the ottoman or chair, giving a soft, contemporary look to the piece. Black nickel is prominent in European designs, with a spattering of chrome, too.
Despite the strong presence of modern black tabletops and metal accent legs, many designers have been throwing things back to organic shapes and silhouettes. Rounded sofas, chairs, and ottomans continue to be a hot commodity in the design world, but this trend has since expanded to include accessories, rugs, and cocktail tables, too. We’ve seen this trend before, but in a time when the world needs softness and comfort, this safe style is welcomed back with open arms.
The final trend we noticed coming to life at Salone ‘22 was shirring and pleating, on everything from beds to ottomans and accent chairs, too! This delicate leather detailing adds an extra dimension to the piece, making it more interesting than plain leather or fabric alone. Created by gathering fabric into a bunched pattern, shirring and pleating draw attention and create a sense of movement.
We come away from Salone ‘22 as we do from every market, with a renewed excitement to improve our showroom and give our Design Team access to the best out there. This time was no different except we brought one more thing with us — the joy of being together again with our partners and our friends!