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3 Top Trends and Design Ideas Emerging from Salone del Mobile.Milano 2024

See the top designs to keep an eye on this year at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2024, the world’s biggest design fair

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By Kimberley Schoeman  | April 23, 2024 | Trends

Few week’s are more exciting on the global design calendar than Milan Design Week, the world’s biggest event dedicated to design and innovation.

Having come to a close on 21 April 2024, our editors’ watchful eyes have been on Milan where Salone del Mobile. Milano brings together the world’s most forward-thinking minds in architecture, furniture, appliances, and urban design.

This year, with nearly 2000 exhibitors from 35 different countries curating the overall experience, our House & Garden SA editors lookout for trends and big ideas, new furniture launches, and exhibits showcasing fabulous aesthetics in decorative and material solutions for personalising our homes.

Sustainability Stays a Centre Stage

Gufram Cactus by Drocco Mello at Salone del Mobile 2024. Image: Supplied.

It’s no surprise the role and impact of water as a crucial resource within our bathrooms was at the fore the sustainability conversation at this year’s Milan Design Week.

Especially seen throughout innovative bathroom designs, like Roca‘sTura collection, (created in collaboration with the designer Andreu Carulla), which showcased a ‘Super Glaze’ coating that ensures maximum hygiene and optimises the water flow.

Monica Spezia Livinginside at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2024. Image courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano.

Plush upholstery was also on full display with an even more indulgent and sensory-focused approach textural seating. As we collectively pursue our spaces as the setting for ultimate comfort and solace by sinking into a modular sofa or cocooning on an overstuffed armchair, sumptuous upholstery will continue to rise an important player in promoting emotional well-being at home.

Bold Colours and Playful Patterns are Back

Acerbis Lokum Coffee Table by Sabine Marcelis at Samolen del Mobile. Image: Supplied.

Many colourful installations wowed our eyes at Milan Design Week with Memphis-design-inspired prints, Hollywood glam and gold accents, as well as a single shade that clearly reigned supreme: Burned orange, as seen above in the stunning modular Acerbis Lokum Coffee Table by Sabine Marcelis. This rich, deep colour was seen not only in furniture, but decor, lighting, and the colours on the walls throughout many exhibitions.

Shades of orange on display in the Tacchini Additional System by Joe Colombo at Salone del Mobile. Image: Supplied.

The ‘Spathroom’ is Here to Stay

We are always in pursuit of transforming our bathrooms into a spa-like sanctuary through indulgent rituals, luxurious textiles, or additional plants that breath fresh air into an otherwise humid room.

Bespoke bathroom fittings by Antonio Lupi at Salone del Mobile. Image: Supplied.

At this year’s International Bathroom Exhibitions — aside from the practical focus on water and sustainability — conversations centred around ever-evolving importance of personal sanctuary within the modern home.

It was through a seamless blend of luxury, tranquillity, and modern technology, the idea of creating the ultimate ‘spathroom’ suggests indulging in an oasis where one escapes the demands of daily life in exchange for moments of pure relaxation and rejuvenation.

Consider extremely deep bathtubs, steamy sauna-like shower heads, and sacred scents that allows one to curate the ultimate spa-like experience at home — no spa appointment required.