Steel Furniture, New-Wave Murano, and 6 Other Design Trends Spotted by AD Editors in Milan

For those seeking the latest and greatest in design trends, there was no better place than Milan at the beginning of June. Last week, more than 262,000 visitors came to Salone del Mobile’s first full-scale event since 2019. Among them were the magazine’s global editors. NAME– including its employees AD Italy, AD France, AD Spain, AD Germanyand USA. Going past the fair, showroom, installation and party circuits, here are the design trends we’re still considering from Salone del Mobile 2022 and Fuorisalone.

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Steel furniture is back

If you love iconic design, you already know about Harry Bertoia’s legendary Diamond chair, designed for Knoll in 1952. Made from a welded steel grille, the seat remains one of the most iconic seats of the 20th century. This year’s Milan Design Week revealed that Bertoia’s material muse is still relevant today as designers reuse steel for a big comeback – and that’s especially true when it comes to chairs. For proof, check out young Belgian designer Chanel Kapitanj, who showcased an impressive metal mesh chair at Salone Satellite, or AD100 designers Dimorestudio, which highlights a brutalist yet elegantly polished steel and wicker print that works well on its own or in a seating group. . Unlike Bertoia’s classic, these two chairs come in a square shape, giving them the extra edge that’s totally 2022. The only downside? If comfort is your thing, you’ll also need to invest in a pillow. –Valerie Präkelt, AD Germany

Tobi-Ishi table by Barber & Osgerby for B&B Italia

Photo: Tommaso Sartori

welcome to the new stone age

Marble and stone took center stage in every possible incarnation at Milan Design Week 2022, thanks to special treatments that allow them to adapt to any environment and situation. In the hands of the designers, these hard surfaces appear as if they were completely malleable and flexible materials. Backlit plates at Antolini, for example, showcased a complete collection of flatware crafted from Irish green marble with a stain-proof treatment. Multicolored furniture by Sabine Marcelis and OMA in Alcova and the sculptural, white Carrara marble Wave basin by Studio Fuksas in Antoniolupi caught the attention of visitors. Meanwhile, Barber Osgerby revisited the Tobi-Ishi table for B&B Italia in a black-and-white variation typical of Romanesque cathedrals. The industry overall has embraced the best materials from all corners of the planet and adapted them to modern life with renewed attention to nuance and grain, flamboyant curves, super-thin sheets and unusual transparency. –Patrizia Piccinini, Alessandra Pellegrino and Valentina Raggi, AD Italy

This year Zanotta celebrated the Quaderna series by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Superstudio design.

Photo: Simone Barberis

Superstudio at Quaderna in its early years.

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Brands reinvigorate radical design

The shapes, colors and materials of the ’60s and ’70s make a huge impact on brands and designers, from vintage design revivals to brand new prints. For one, Archizoom’s undulating, frameless Superonda chair had new Farfalla upholstery for indoor and outdoor use in Fuorisalone, while Carlo Scarpa’s Soriana chair had a new denim trim and an orange frame. Acerbis has reinterpreted Nanda Vigo’s archival work and Zanotta has brought to life new incarnations of the Quaderna series. And these are just a few examples. These products embody the exuberant era of the 1960s and 1970s, embracing vibrant colors, patterns, and wrapping, lavish shapes. A few more examples? Head-turning patterns for the furniture and wallpaper brand Curious Boy by Markus Benesch, Space Age-inspired lamps by Draga & Aurel, and sound-absorbing panels by Slalom that revisit the distinctive patterns of the 70s. Regression is the catchphrase of the day, and we’re 100% here for vibrancy, good vibes, and unapologetically vibrant tones. –Patrizia Piccinini, Alessandra Pellegrino and Valentina Raggi, AD Italy

Bohinc Studio in Alcova

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Red paisley Ralph Lauren adorns an ottoman at the Palazzo

Photo: Virgile Guinard

Tomato red is the new ‘it’ color

We’ve been seeing red in Milan this year, and not just the glowing nightlight of the Bar Basso sign. Across town, a juicy tomato color was everywhere, making it one of the top design trends of the week. Many of the latest armchairs are upholstered in this season’s signature color: Lara Bohinc’s Peach collection launching at Alcova, Campana Brothers’ Bulbo chair from Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection, Philippe Malouin’s new, fully upholstered Sacha chair for Resident and Paul Smith’s new furniture for De Padova. For the striking presentation of Versace Home, color dominated the furniture as well as the walls, giving it a grand Black Lodge feel (twin peaks lovers know). Meanwhile, Ashley Hicks tented a Buccellati silver installation with red Lee Jofa fabric, and Ralph Lauren displayed a tomato red shawl over an ottoman in their Palazzo. In addition to all this, Luca Nichetto, artistic director of the French furniture brand La Manufacture, designed a blood orange intervention for the Museo Poldi Pezzoli and showcased 50 new furniture in the same hue by 17 designers. –Hannah Martin, AD USA

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