News - Salone del Mobile 2014
...A sophisticated selection with a mid-century modern twist
Fresh back from Milan, and Helen Chislett’s article in How to Spend It on the rebirth of the Hollywood Regency trend intrigued us. So we asked one of our senior designers - are the days of muted colours and raw materials really over?
“I’d definitely agree that there’s been a move away from neutrals to some extent, but we didn’t see opulence as a major trend this year,” says YOO Studio’s Senior Designer, who attended the show.
“In fact, what struck us was how grown up and sophisticated the show felt. We found there was real emphasis on considered, elegant pieces inspired by iconic retro shapes. There was a sense of exuberance and in some places a more theatrical, uninhibited vibe than recently, but this was matched with strong, but sombre colours – tan leather, rusted reds, with punctuations of colour in burnt oranges and petrol blue. This nod to the elegance of the mid-century is often reflected in what we specify for our clients such as polished brass, muted colours, eclecticism and Ponti-esque geometries. Pieces that have classic qualities.
"Certainly we’re seeing a trend now for an increased emphasis on elegance and gloss, but rather than a return to full on mega-watt decorative glamour, it’s more about the tasteful, stylish motifs of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Across the board, particularly from Vitra, Artek, B&B, Baxter and Porro we saw an emphasis on re-inventing an eclectic, vintage aesthetic, but with subtlety - using lovely shapes and detailing. Using classic forms in a modern way.
"There were elements of theatre, of course; in particular we loved the exuberance of Baccarat’s Limited Edition chess set, and a gargantuan vase by Marcel Wanders, made out of the largest crystal able to be cut in one piece. The Baccarat display was certainly lavish - featuring a new technology in a chandelier designed by Philippe Starck, which has a tiny projector in the shade that produces colours and images.
Image: Limited Edition chess set and Starck chandelier for Baccarat
"For us, the most original show - and one which also characterised this sense of sophistication - was from Dimore Gallery; a mix of vintage pieces and items designed by the Dimore team. We loved the eclectic mix of pieces and materials, the mid-century modern vibe and the bold use of colour, with beautiful detailing and styling, against the backdrop of an old Milanese apartment."
Some more of our favourites from Salone de Mobile 2014
1. Solid marble chair by Alessandro Mendini. A great example of playfulness – toying with hard & soft textures & materials.
2. Hard or soft? Exquisite craftsmanship at Emmemobili
4. The Paul Smith & Maharam collection kept things contemporary, fresh and crisp. Paul did not disappoint!
5. The modern antique... Re-editions of chairs from the late 40s and 50s at Stellar Works.