I always get excited to see the trends when trade season is on, and the Milan Furniture Fair is definitely the biggest on the international design industry’s calender. The mood this year may have been a little subdued due to the economic market, however it gave many designers the opportunity to improve and reinvent the wheel on past designs.

Oblo Chair Image 1

Without a doubt, top pick from me would have to be the Oblo chair by Italian design master Paola Navone. Navone designed the chair using cast aluminium which allows the chair to be fully recycable. It also comes in 15 glorious colours. Such a beauty!

Oblo chair table setting 2

A favourite theme from me, after scouring through photo after photo, would have to be the use of Copper and Steel. German designer Sebastian Herkner stunned with a copper light for furniture company ClassiCon, such a standout. Another favourite was the unpainted steel shelving by Belgian photographer Fien Muller and her partner, sculptor Hannes Van Severen. Their collection of tables, lamps and chairs using the restored and unpainted steel was beautifully made. Speaking about her Strangled Shelving Rack, Muller said “It has to be done well, otherwise it loses it’s purity”. Perfect.

Sebastian Herkner – Bell Light

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Muller van Severen – Strangled Shelving