The 2016 Salone del Mobile saw our brands focus on the release of new finishes and the evolution of existing ranges. Brands on display at the Rho fairground included Arper, Tacchini, Stua, Verzelloni, Ritzwell and Prostoria, while Japanese brand Karimoku New Standard, in collaboration with Korean artist Chung Eun-Mo, exhibited in an apartment building close to the Duomo in the centre of the city.
Overall we saw colours moving from the bright primary colours of previous years, to more muted and softer palettes. Perhaps the most prevalence of this shift in attitude toward colour could be seen on the Arper stand and in the colourisation of the Catifa range. Originally designed in 2004, the Catifa retains the same form however from later 2016 will be available in a palette of rose, petrol, yellow, ivory and smoke.
A hint of the 1970's, with a more sophisticated aesthetic, was also apparent with the introduction of more retro forms and copper or gold finishes into some collections. Tacchini’s release of the Santiago lounge range and Giulia armchair is testament to this, together with the addition of new metallic finishes to the Chill Out lounge and new complementary Ledge side table.
Also prominent throughout the fair were natural finishes, including timber in darker tones rather than lighter finishes. Ritzwell’s black and white stand theme carried across into a new black stain available on a number of ranges including Blava, Diana, Rivage and Marcel. While, Karimoku New Standard released a new Colour Wood chair by Scholten & Baijings that features contouring lines and a backrest of fine timber laths.
Stylecraft's local design talent were also active at this years Milan Design Week, with Ross Gardam exhibiting his lighting collection and debuting his new Polar desk lamp at Ventura Lambrate. Tom Skeehan previewed his new Hup Hup folding chair as part of Local Design, which showcased Australian design talent and Alexander Lotersztain from Derlot expanded his limited edition QTZ collection to include a concrete finish at Milan design icon Rossana Orlandi's gallery space.