Like every year, in April Milan becomes the undisputed star of one of the most important events related to the world of design and architecture at international level. The Salone del Mobile and the Fuorisalone 2018, from 17th to 22nd April, have in fact animated the Milan Design Week, enhancing, once again, the central role of the city on topics such as the culture of design and the importance of the Made in Italy worldwide.
Let's find out more about the trends arisen from this 2018 edition of the Milan Design Week, with a special focus on outdoor living.
The Milan Design Week goes green
Respect for the environment and sustainable practices to keep it safe have been among the main themes of this 57th edition of the Milan Design Week: it’s nature, in fact, that led the Salone del Mobile and, in particular, the Fuorisalone. The participating companies explored the possibility of combining sustainability, design and digital technologies to create spaces able to respond to increasingly mutable needs, without giving up on comfort.
Smart City and Materials Village
Many events and installations, distributed in the locations of the Fuorisalone 2018 provided answers and original solutions on how technology can be integrated and simplify the contemporary way of life. Among these events, the exhibition Smart City: Materials, Technology and People, organized by Material ConneXion and curated by the architect Giulio Ceppi, held in Superstudio Più, where Corradi has been one of the major players. The aim of the exhibition was to focus the attention of today and tomorrow’s citizens (smart citizens) on the great global changes which are taking place, on the transformations of the urban scenario and the role of technology in generating increasingly green and smart solutions. The reduction in consumption, the use of innovative building materials and the integration of green spaces contribute to create a city of the future in harmony with nature, in which the outdoor becomes a central place, the fulcrum of many daily activities. From this consideration comes the Smart Garden, a garden that integrates green, functionality and technology.
Same location and aspirations for Materials Village, the hub of Material ConneXion Italia dedicated to new technologies, sustainability and innovative materials. If the outdoors increasingly takes on the role of a space to be experienced every day, decisiobs are needed in terms of usability and functionality: bioclimatic pergolas and sun sails are a great answer to create an efficient, welcoming and strategical environment, in line with current trends and future ambitions.
Nature and flourishing gardens
The Milan Design Week revealed its green attitude not only concerning sustainability and respect for the environment, but also for furniture and aesthetics. The new trend is to transform the house into a green oasis, both inside and outside the home. Space then to the jungle style, with the inclusion of equatorial essences and the use of tropical design furnishings or prints with botanical and exotic motifs. A natural and relaxing environment inside the house, which is also reflected in the outdoors: the garden is lush and flourishing, far from the typical order of the Italian gardening model. The result is the creation of a small corner of peacefulness where you can live your moments en plein air in total freedom.
The elegance of natural colours
Clay and sand tones emancipate themselves from the bias of monotony and become protagonists of this 2018 edition of the Salone and the Fuorisalone. Chic and elegant, their neutrality make them perfect for any space in the house, as they harmonize with the surrounding environment and enhance everything around. When used in combination with bright colors, such as rust, green and orange – so much seen in Milan during the Design Week – they are perfect for a captivating contrast effect and to enhance more powerful colours.
Colder declinations, such as aluminum or steel, have even more strong personalities. Aluminum, in particular, is one of the trendiest materials presented in Milan: innovative, resistant and versatile, it is used mainly in outdoor areas, garden furniture, lighting technology, outdoor coverings such as bioclimatic pergolas and different types of Pergotenda® Corradi.
Fuorisalone 2018: it’s a record
There have been many novelties presented in the 2018 edition of the Milan Design Week, which recorded high numbers, both for the Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone: more than 430,000 visitors, from 188 countries, for an increase of 26% over the previous year. A few days after its conclusion, let’s then be inspired by the new trends in interior design and outdoor living.