Now in its 57th year, the celebration of global design that is Milan’s Salone del Mobile, is giving the city’s fashion week a run for its money.
For a week in April, chic design aficionados take to the streets to scope out the latest design trends, marvelling at the fair’s stands and installations and attending the myriad presentations and parties held throughout the city.
Each year, if it is seen at Salone, you can guarantee that it will follow on the high street and in the homes of the most design savvy. This year, shades that referenced the natural world were undoubtedly a prevailing trend, and no combination of colours inspired us more than the pairing of green and grey. Teamed up, the two hues result in an aesthetic that is cool, contemporary, and serene without being bland.
At the Salone Satellite, an event that focuses on young designers and is a surefire part of the fair in which to spot a trend, a softer sage green dominated. We saw a spectrum of earthy greens and greys (alongside browns and blues), and at the Flexform stand, designed by world-renowned architect and designer Antonio Citterio, the space was split into two rooms arranged around two ‘winter gardens.’
An abundance of natural greenery, upholstery, cushions and rugs in shades of moss green, emerald green, mint green and aquamarine were masterfully combined too – and set against a backdrop of grey travertine walls.
The standout piece on the Flexform stand was undoubtedly the Campiello sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio and covered in a moss green leather. The inspiration? The lagoon in Venice, of course. As comfortable as it is good looking, the seat and seat back cushions are constructed with a soft layer of goose down and a version is available with a roll cushion for greater ergonomic back and neck support.
Although we highly recommend the green hue, the sofa can be upholstered in any of the fabrics or leathers in the Flexform collection, and the legs are available in a cast aluminium base painted grey or bronze, or with a satin, chromed, burnished, black chrome or champagne finish.
The design fair was also green in more ways than one, with the sustainability of materials considered in a number of collections. With the focus on natural fabrics such as linen, cotton, wool and velvet, Flexform continues its eco-friendly approach – and we approve.
For more inspiration on using greens and greys in your interior scheme, visit Flexform.