Milan International Furniture Exhibition 2017

12 May 2017

Once again, this year, Marjal was at the Milan International Furniture Exhibition, a global benchmark event for creativity, technology and innovation. The 56th edition of this fair was held from 4 to 9 April.

The biggest fair in this sector, it featured an exhibition area of more than 270,000 square metres and 2,000 exhibitors. The event was visited by more than 343,000 people from 165 countries.

The Milan International Furniture Exhibition consists of different fairs:

– Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Milan International Furniture Exhibition): Main exhibition with more than 1,300 exhibitors.

– Milan International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition: promoting the use of furnishing accessories to add an extra touch to rooms.

– Euroluce: biennial exhibition dedicated exclusively to lighting.

– Workplace3.0 / Salone Ufficio: A biannual show focused on work environments that aims to provide smart new solutions for offices, taking a new approach to design.

– Salone Satellite: a launch pad for promising young designers.


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‘Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light’.
Le Corbusier.

Marjal interior design manager Fini Lozano, was at the exhibition and has shared some of the major trends she observed at this year’s event. When it comes to furniture, there were no significant changes in trends. What was important at this trade fair were the sensations perceived within the exhibitions that made it possible to detect new approaches and to find sensations in homes. This has been the use of new design formulas that incorporate fine materials, wood, lacquer.

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When it comes to colour there is a clear trend to use more in the different areas of the home. Vivid colours flooded this fair.

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One of the most important aspects, was the linking of the outdoors with the inside of homes. Adapting the use of natural elements within the décor.  This is achieved by using plants and decorative items more typically used outside, as well as marine and tree prints and greater use of typically outdoor pieces inside, to give an outdoorsy feel.

Lighting was important at the fair thanks to the Euroluce exhibition. Once restricted to providing light the different rooms, lamps and lights are now an important aspect of decoration. They are used to mimic natural daylight inside the home. LED lighting is used to create light and shadow whose intensity changes during the day.

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The idea is to make lighting conditions in the home as natural as possible, seeing light and the shade as means of creating geometry and the changing colours during the day.

Finally, we noted the trend toward realistic functional design. A way of designing that makes homes practical and useful. Finding ways to meet the needs of people all over the world.

“Design is a state and Milan is the Capital”

The Milan furniture fair brought together trends and the creativity of many international professionals under one roof, to celebrate a unique global event. Milan has never been such an epicentre of the design.

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