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MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2018: HIGHLIGHTS AND NEW TRENDS

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You probably already know about Milan Design Week, right? Also known as Salone de mobile-it’s a week-long celebration of all things design- from furniture to lighting and kitchen to bathroom accessories. Attended by THE global trendsetters in Design (stylists, press, decorators), it is six days pack full of exhibits and displays on the newest developments and innovations in the field. We can’t possibly write down every little thing that happened (okay, we could…) but here are the highlights and new trends to look out for.



Recycled plastic is in

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(Charlie Chair- 100% recycled plastic by Ecobirdy)

More than any other generation, we are most hit by and influenced by the impact of plastic waste on our future. Many designers now are into recycled plastic and its potential in the field of design.The Scraplife project introduces the idea of injection moulding in order to recycle scrap plastic. While Ecobirdy makes use of old toys in making upcycled kids furniture as a way raise awareness and introduce the idea of sustainability.


Retro is back

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(Warm Nordic is giving a ‘second chance’ to these classic designs)

Classic will never go out of style but this year, Retro style seems to be the new trend in design. Revised is a new brand that evokes timeless classic design in their lighting and furniture pieces. While some takes it cues from the disco’s era, like Gufram. While Warm Nordic aims to reintroduce once popular designs in the 1950’s and 1960’s and give them a second chance to shine.


Afrofuturism

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(Walter Knolls’ ‘woven works of art’ inspired by African landscapes)

Seems like the movie Black Panther inspired more than just new appreciation for African culture. The movie has unexpectedly placed a spotlight on aftrofuturist aesthetics- from design, fashion and technology; it seems everyone has suddenly taken an interest in Afrofuturism.It’s really isn’t a new concept but is only now becoming mainstream. Burkinabe architect  Diébédo Francis Kéré is a rising talent in Architecture, having been credited to designing the latest Serpentine Pavilion. While Walter Knolls has recently launched a new carpet collection featuring African landscapes.


Going Vegan

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(‘Best vegan sofa’ by Rocket St George)

You probably thought going Vegan was only for eating right? Cruelty-free products has been something already making the rounds in makeup products and now, it’s also something that’s being further researched in relation to design and architecture.Ikea, Habitat and Heal are a few names commended for their cruelty-free designs and sustainable thinking in the field of home-wares and design.


Health is Wealth

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(An air purifying installation designed by Kengo Kuma for Dassault Systèmes)

Technology is making a bigger impact as each year passes by. This year, big names are finding ways to incorporate it into our lives as a way to live healthier. Panasonic’s show, “Air Interventions”, explores how well-being can be achieved with the help of electronic devices. While Dassault Systèmes is working with several brands on sustainable solutions to combat air pollution.

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