The 2019 Interior Trends Hot From Milan

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Livingetc reveals the coolest trends heading to British shores from Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the biggest event on the design calendar.


While 2017 saw modern oriental make its mark as one of the fair’s key trends, this year, the look crystallised into a trend for straight, slatted lines, giving a hint of eastern elegance to beautiful new designs.

Big Waves dining table, £4,450, Roberto and Ludovica Palomba for Fiam at Chaplins

Gallotti&Radice used corrugated, hand-turned, lacquered wood to add soft pleats to its Nori coffee table…

Studio G&R’s Nori coffee table, from £1,596, Gallotti&Radice

… While its east-meets-west Ki screen featured vertical and horizontal lines fused with satin brass panels.

Ki screen, price on request, Silvia Fanticelli for Gallotti&Radice

Styling on the stands followed suit, with Gandia Blasco creating a supersized pergola, while Giorgetti and Fiam paid tribute with repeating strips in canaletto walnut and glass. 

Gandia Blasco achieved a zen-like feel on its stand with its DNA Teak collection, inspired by Mediterranean–style timber shutters


Designers looked to outer space for cosmic-inspired escapism at this year’s show, with furniture transitioning from minimal to galaxy-esque.

Arabesque marble depicts a vision of the Milky Way on Arketipo’s Moon Invaders coffee table, from £2,435, at Chaplins

Leading the force, designs in Paola Navone’s Moon collection for Gervasoni featured circular aluminium-cast tabletops and blue ceramic bases that recalled the shape and surface of the cratered orb.

Simmering surfaces and circular shapes reference the moon in Paola Navone’s collection for Gervasoni. Moon 36 table, around £4,016.13

Lee Broom offered celestial-inspired lighting with designs that can be hung horizontally or vertically to form bespoke constellations.

Hung and illuminated like stars in the sky, these lights feature opaque and solid spheres. Orion Tube and Globe lights, £850 each, Lee Broom

Lema and Arketipo offered up dining and side tables with finishes reminiscent of the night sky.

Brass shavings sparkle on the Blu Lapislazzuli top of this Alamo table, by David Lopez Quincoces for Lema, price on request 

Brass shavings sparkle on the Blu Lapislazzuli top of this Alamo table, by David Lopez Quincoces for Lema, price on request

And Bohinc Studio wowed crowds with a chair line modelled on planets in orbit.

Rounded arm-and backrests represent the curved trajectory of planets. Lunar chair, £2,868, Lara Bohinc and Matter of Stuff for Bohinc Studio



Canaletto walnut has long been the timber of choice for Milan’s big furniture names. But when leading devotee Porada shifts its attention, you know it’s time to make room for the new woods on the, er, block.

Torii stool, from £1,450, Gino Carollo for Porada at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Its 2018 collection debuted ash in Stained Moka and Caffè finishes for a fresh and different feel.

Flexform followed suit, but stained its ash in a darker finish.

Josef table, from £5,930.28, Samuel Accoceberry for Flexform

Over at Poliform, Charcoal oak rubbed shoulders with Hickory walnut and Black elm. Get ready to go against the grain…

The Nara side tables by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform span Hickory walnut and Black elm. From £2,700 each


Move over forest green – the softer, slightly greyer and, dare we say, more sophisticated tones of sage and eucalyptus are having a moment.

Danish designer Thomas Bentzen weighs in on the trend with the Oak/Dusty Green Enfold sideboard, £1,549, for Muuto

Italian firm Alivar aimed for pure elegance, pairing the hue with clean-cut shapes and soft leather…

Giuseppe Bavuso’s Margot Relax armchair for Alivar features soft leather in a chic, silvery-green. From £3,480.20

…Shanghai-based duo Neri&Hu worked the colour on to statement lighting for Poltrona Frau…

Xi suspension lamps, from £3,375 each, Neri&Hu at Poltrona Frau

… While Calligaris and Muuto splashed the shade on matt surfaces.

Asymmetrical shapes and block colour triumph in Calligaris’ CoDe collection. Tubini vase, £199.50

Not sure how to nail the tone? Grab your nearest Farrow & Ball colour card and aim for Card Room Green or Lichen. 


Two tribes battled it out in Milan: those looking to experiment with colour, and those favouring the enduring chic of all-black design.

So-dark-you-almost-couldn’t-see-them stands provided much-needed shade from the Italian heat and presented everything from black furniture to flooring.

Dark and handsome finishes on Cattelan Italia’s Europa Keramik sideboard now include Ardesia matt ceramic. From £5,340 at Chaplins

Known for its edgy, masculine aesthetic, Diesel Living’s ongoing partnership with Iris Ceramica saw Rebel Black become the go-to colourway for concrete-clad interiors.

Step over to the dark side with floor-to-ceiling Grunge concrete, £123sq m, Diesel Living for Iris Ceramica

At Republic of Fritz Hansen and Cattelan Italia, classic marble pieces got a reboot in shades of Charcoal and Ardesia.

Republic of Fritz Hansen relaunched Paul McCobb’s Fifties Planner coffee tables, from £954, at Clippings

And Saba Italia opted for matt-black woven rope in its lounge furniture.

Sitar chair, £1,560; and footstool, from £1,020, both Enzo Berti for Saba Italia at Go Modern

Think it all feels too serious? Lema’s Bulè table comes with an optional lazy Susan, proving black needn’t mean boring. 

Generous forms bring big drama to the Bulè table, from £6,047, Chiara Andreatti for Lema


The hottest tickets in Milan this year? Retro-feel hangouts harking back to bygone eras.

Flooding Instagram feeds, design agency Studiopepe transformed a late-19th-century warehouse into a secret members-only venue, capturing the essence of Seventies nightclubs with vintage furniture and a yesteryear palette of muted pinks and greens.

A Seventies vibe and cool cocktails provided a haven away from the crowds at Studiopepe’s Club Unseen

US designer David Rockwell decked out a railway arch with candy-coloured booths in an ode to the all-American Fifties diner that was every bit as photogenic.

Designed by David Rockwell, The Diner served up classic American snacks and film-worthy sets at the Ventura Centrale exhibition. #MilkshakesInMilan

Check out Bontempi Casa’s mid-century-style drinks trolley…

Bontempi Casa reimagines the Fifties drinks trolley with sleek brass accents. Chic, price on request

… The Martini tables by Sé…

Ini Archibong’s collection for Sé features sculptural tables perfectly sized for a cocktail and little else… Eos table in Glossy Tea Pink, £5,225

… And Gufram’s disco-era collection.

Have a boogie on your own Dance Floor rug, £6,125, GGSV for Gufram at Jane Richards Interiors


Square corners? So passé. This year, it was all about obtuse angles jutting out from table edges, armrests and bedheads.

Zen tables, from £2,280 each, Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice

Make like Ethimo and opt for exaggerated forms anywhere between 90˚ and 180˚.

Grand Life lounge chair, £2,236.38, Christophe  Pillet for Ethimo

Meanwhile, sharp angles bring high drama to the Kenobi bed by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo.

Kenobi bed, £3,320, Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo

Plus, the glass top on Mauro Lipparini’s side table can be rotated to form jagged shapes.

The glass top on Mauro Lipparini’s Final Cut side table for Arketipo can be rotated to form jagged shapes. £4,505 at Chaplins

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