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KBFA Spies 6 Design Trends at Salone del Mobile 2018

At KBFA, it’s natural for us to seek places where art and furniture design come together. We love discovering how these two vital elements of design can feed off one another and help us build new experiences for our clients. Throughout our week at Salone del Mobile, we hand-picked our six favorite trends. Drumroll, please …

Salone del Mobile 2018

Trend 1: Lifestyle Expression

We met with Pietro Galimberti, who founded Flexform with his brothers in 1959, to ask him how Flexform thinks about art in their furniture designs. “Art became a lifestyle expression which is not to be separate from what we do,” Pietro told us. “It’s transmitted in the products we make. We get inspired from art and try to transmit that into our collections. Art and furniture work together to influence a symbiotic expression of each other.” Well said, Pietro.

Art + Furniture Design = Lifestyle Expression. Flexform booth at Salone de Mobile.

Carlo Columbo design for Flexform – Salone del Mobile 2018

Ciao, Google. In Google’s first appearance at Salone del Mobile — alongside designer Rossana Orlandi — we saw further evidence of lifestyle expression as an emerging trend through technology pieces integrated into living spaces. Speaking of Google, check out KBFA’s most recent corporate art installation at the tech giant’s San Francisco headquarters. Can you say “interactive coloring wall”?

Trend 2: Fun & Whimsical

Designers in Milan were not afraid to get playful and downright quirky with their showcases. We saw bright floral prints and playful hanging white alligators at AltaModa. Nearby, Stefano Giovannoni’s design brand Qeeboo charmed us with colorful molded plastic teddy bears, chairs shaped like bunnies and other winsome creations.

Queebo is a young and spunky brand focused on affordable, injection molded plastic furniture and various design objects. Stefanoo Giovannoni asked well-known creatives Andrea Branzi, Gabriele Chiave of Marcel Wanders studio, Richard Hutten, Nika Zupanc and others to contribute with their designs.

Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow. Rabbit chairs by Qeeboo at Salone del Mobile 2018.

Queebo bunnies at Salone del Mobile 2018

Join KBFA’s Jason Fiore and Kristin Glass in Milan! Salone de Mobile designers get playful with their booths showcasing everything from rabbit chairs to teddy bears and whimsical accent pieces:

Trend 3: Nature Inspired

From moss walls to furniture influenced by grass and leaves, this year we saw a wide range of beautiful design elements inspired by natural elements.

Get an inside look with KBFA at nature inspired designs at Salone del Mobile 2018. From moss walls to furniture inspired by grass and leaves — nature is a trend to get excited about in 2018!

Creativity Is In Our Nature. KBFA works with many talented artists who enjoy creating artwork with natural elements.  Click here for one of our favorite nature-inspired KBFA projects.

Jason Fiore (KBFA), Moss Person

Trend 4: Sculptural Mirrors

From light fixtures to wall hangings, sculptured mirrors were everywhere at this year’s Salone de Mobile. Designers are incorporating reflective materials more than ever before with fresh styles, bold shapes, interesting materials and new techniques.

We saw some incredible designs and selected a few of our favorites to inspire you. Watch the video of Jason Fiore at Salone talking about the sculptural mirror trend:

Mirror, Mirror, on Your Wall. KBFA can customize mirrors for designers using a wide variety of materials and enhancements such as adding LED lighting, natural crystal, colors and framing elements. Click here to view a selection of KBFA sculptural mirrors.

Trend 5: Pattern & Color

Designers at Salone were liberal with their use of patterns and bold colors this year. Vibrant new looks and energetic color combinations delighted us at nearly every turn as we strolled through a seemingly endless spectrum of creativity.

Missoni Home -Salone del Mobile 2018

One of our absolute favorite booths at Salone 2018 was by Kartell, an Italian furniture brand. This year Kartell collaborated with Milanese fashion designer JJ Martin, founder of Double J clothing brand. Well known for her bright, busy vintage-style fashions, JJ was invited by Kartell to create a line of chairs, side tables, placemats and pillows, and they all launched — with flying colors — at Salone this year.

Doubling Down: Kartell + Double J. Collaboration Launch at Salone 2018

Kartell Salone del Mobile 2018

Join KBFA’s Kristin Glass as she shares her favorite displays of patterns and colors at Salone del Mobile 2018 in this video:

Trend 6: Video Art

Wall-sized video screens with moving images — think dreamy clouds, swimming pools, pop dancers — are another theme showcased at Salone de Mobile. For 2018, we’re expecting to see this trend emerge even more in the design world.

Once reserved for movie theaters, video art is an emerging trend that we saw integrated directly into the showcases at Salone de Mobile. Wall-sized screens displaying water, moving clouds and so much more gave booths an immersive look and feel. Watch video of this trend at Salone 2018:

We particularly enjoyed how Kartell incorporated elements of summer fun onto video screens that were leaning, like giant pieces of artwork, against the wall.

Laid Back: A Chill Way to Display Framed Video Art

Kartell booth – Salone del Mobile 2018

A Moving Partnership. KBFA recently partnered with Blackdove, a powerhouse provider in the video art revolution. This means we can help you create custom video art for clients or help you choose from a massive library of digital art. You can stream to a single TV or create a full video installation measured in hundreds of feet.

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