Very hot! Very very hot!! And yet VERY 'cool'!
Not a lazy choice of adjectives, but rather, particularly chosen '80's vernacular, for a Milan Design Week, where retro has careered hellishly fast, from mid-century Scandi references to Italy in the 1980's.
Design icons of my formative years, from the so called 'Designer Decade', were Memphis, Mario Bellini & Ron Arad. All prominent once again in both influence and products old and new. So here it is 'post' - post modern, or 'retro post modern' or is it 're-post modern'? No matter, for the moment just know you're going to be seeing black & white stripy things with bold 'classical' colours used on geometric shapes at jaunty angles, and powder coated wire framed chairs & sofas aplenty.
The proximity of Memphis to Lee Broom's mini department store illustrates the point. His monotone grey interior & associated cast members, were enlivened by some Sotsas inspired lighting. And Ron Arads bulbous upholstery for Moroso cleverly reflected the past into an exciting future. Driade's wire framed couch, although barely holding on to its super soft cushions, looked fab in the afore mentioned colours - it will adorn many bachelor pads!
Lee Broom: Milan 2015
Lee Broom: Milan 2015
Ron Arad for Moroso
Driade's wire framed couch
The cry of 'black is back', is oft re-used & re-phrased, in the fashion glossies, but this year it's a significant trend from Milan Design Week too. A natural progression from the oceans of grey that have covered the Saloni del Mobile for what seems like a decade and pervades still in many home style magazines and stores. And of course those side kicks of black, from the 1980's, green and red & white (as in the Italian flag) were also evident across all of Milan's venues.
Thank god it wasn't all like that though!
There are delicious rich, & muted, & primary colours, textures, & pattern wrapped around the most varied & imaginative shapes I can remember seeing in Milan.
Not just sensual curves of Molteni, Edra, SE and Mooi but genuinely innovative sculpted forms wrapping around seat cushions.
Combinations of jewel tones, be it glass, ceramics, plastics or fabric, feels like the sophisticated palette. Ochre, damson,olive, ink & cherry, ooze lux all over Kartell, Edra,Twils, Flexform, Molteni Mooi & Donghia, as well as the more commercial Calia, Natuzzi & Calagaris