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The 8 Interior Design Trends We Spotted at Milan Design Week

For its exuberance, excitement, and—let’s be honest—pasta, Milan Design Week (also known as Fuorisalone) remains one of the most hotly anticipated events on the global design docket. This year’s extravaganza, and its accompanying trade fair, Salone del Mobile , in a convention center outside the city, marked the first time since 2019 the show had gone on in any form resembling pre-pandemic editions. The combination of back-at-it energy, smaller hordes of international press and curious locals, and, as always, eye-catching design made for a fair that felt more focused, leaner, and sharper but still joyous. Despite that change, taking stock of trends —and predicting what you may be coveting, discussing with your interior designer, or shopping in showrooms in 2022—was as fun and thought-provoking as ever. Here, ELLE DECOR editors sound off on everything we saw, loved, and think you should expect to see soon in a living room near you. — The Editors Prepare for Purple and Green

Green was everywhere, this Milan Design Week, including Cara/Davide’s petite Archivio table—a work that showcased multiple trends this season. Color alert: Purple is making a comeback. Deep sapphire, elegant lavender, and playful periwinkle—shades we associate more with the 1980s than the 21st century—all reared their heads at the fair. It showed up iIn locations as diverse as the showroom of Italian luxury furnishings brands Baxter and Poltrona Frau to Nilufar Gallery, where a show of designer Audrey Large ’s 3D-printed works—including shelves, fountains, and bowls with amorphous forms—bridged design object and sculpture in vivid shades of amethyst and lilac. Green, too, seemed to be everywhere. Shades of emerald ruled the roost, rendered in leather, velvet, marble, and more. A slightly more confrontational acidic green has been trending in interiors and fashion for some time now, but this year’s Milan Design Week made a strong case for more soothing earthy, jewel-like tones. —Asad Syrkett The ‘80s Are Here to Stay

Bethan Laura Wood’s exuberant storage exuded strong Memphis vibes. Are you young enough to remember the ’80s, when mauve was modern, Italy’s Memphis school ruled in design, and Madonna was living in a material world? Well, just like the Material Girl, the ’80s were (still) back in Milan this year. Also at the influential Nilufar Gallery, the English designer Bethan Laura Wood exhibited a range of furniture whose tubular frames, curves, and primary hues seemed a clear nod to the Memphis Group, made fresh with bold ikat patterns inspired by her love of Meissen kimonos. Speaking of Memphis , the movement’s cofounder, George Sowden, debuted his eye-catching new lighting line, SowdenLight , in tutti-frutti silicone. —Ingrid Abramovitch Sectionals: A Room of One’s Own

The low-slung Sengu sectional, designed by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina. Sectionals with low profiles popped up all over town: B&B Italia, Minotti, Molteni, Cassina, Flexform, Edra, and more showed off new releases in nubby bouclé, supple suede, and luxurious velvet. They were largely low to the ground, which meant you wouldn’t want to leave—and you’d […]

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