New products, materials and color palletes presented during the design week in Milan, summarized within Design Group Latinamerica’s interior design perspective.

Every notable trend is about to have a paradigm shift, the times change and societies with them and the products which these consume are shaped by new demands. In this century, we live at a breakneck speed and interior design finds itself in its purest artistic state, audaciously converging this discipline with a dynamic of continuous change in the collections of fashion and high couture. On the other hand, the furnishing industry has demonstrated a genuine interest in the recovery and reinterpretation of classic and iconic designs along with traditional artisanal production and manufacturing.

It’s a fact that interior design is not only about aesthetics and functionality; nowadays the need for the design value, innovation with a clear focus in craftmanship, the standard of handiwork, the authentic and unique have greatly marked the labor of all the recognized brands which exhibited their products during the “Salone del Mobile”. As the president of the fair Cladui Luti affirmed, “the key of current design is ingenuity” leaving in evidence the intelligence that boosts the creativity to try to see everything with new eyes, allowing a new way of evolving and being.

For Design Group Latinamerica, remaining at the vanguard is a philosophy for growth, excellence and originality. In this opportunity, a committee headed by the president of the organization, Ario Casarin, various members of the Board of Directors and associated architects from the firm Scannone Rodriguez, assisted the renowned event to cover the #RutaDGLA. By doing so, we are able to understand the latest novelties, technological innovations, trends and solutions for interior spaces during Milano Design Week..

The focus of the Director of DGLA, Michele Casarin, was centered on the technological innovations. For him, “Light is the definitive element for the design of the future”, with decorative illumination being more and more artistic and sculptural in contrast with architectural illumination which mimics its environment. All of this is manipulated with novel applications of illumination control systems, regulated lights and sceneries with integrate music that interact with the users. Additionally, luminaries that incorporate a Li-Fi internet connection, LED applications in all forms and intensities, designs in geometric and molecular forms made of all types of materials such as rattan nets, marble slabs and of course crystal in all its forms (decorated, transparent, colored or metallic).

According to the Architect of Interiors, Dario Fernandez, the DGLA European Representative, “ color as an essential element of expressiveness in design had a great protagonism alongside the materials” to transmit concepts and values through the sensations it generates. Although defining the trend in this sense is an arduous job, there are two currents that mark this pattern. On one side, the pastel tones, pale rose, light yellow, mint green and sky blue which recreate the neutraility in the spaces with elegance and position themselves as essential for this season without displacing neutral colors like grey, beige, black and white.

On the other side, a more daring preference for a vibrant and saturated primary color palette, are at home in more sophisticated environment, such as gunpowder blue, moss and pine green, mustard and curry yellow, granary and terracotta red (though in lighter applications). Tonalities that combine in a harmonic yellow with materials such as terrazzo, porcelain, marble and woods originating from oak, rosewood and eucalyptus, along with other detailed coatings for furnishings. Remembering the palettes utilized during mid-20th century, the principal axis of the design of a space was color.

In this sense, Fernandez also pointed out that “an eco-spirit invaded the exhibitions, with plants and natural materials that provide a more human touch to each environment.” An element taken to its maximum expression thanks to the patrons with jungle flora, birds and tropical flower motifs; embodied in exuberant decorations, murals and tapestries to escape to a private paradise. Alongside this, with a view towards hand-made artisanal traditions showed diverse collections and elements with geometric characteristics and trials of ingenious abstract forms that create timeless and authentic pieces of original combinations and eclectic mixtures.

In regards to the materials, natural wood is predilect in furnishings, cladding for walls, closets, pavements and other ingenious applications. Present in all its tones but with a tendency towards light and whiter tones. Additionally, wood’s characteristic as a raw material was used to innovate with novel technologies of production and sustainable applications with bioplastics. This was another of the materials that turned heads and shone a light on the most critical positions of the industry over its conscientious use along with the systematic recovery of the other types of materials used in production to reduce its environmental impact.

Another material that has frequently appeared in all kinds of furnishings is metal, from stainless steel with a matte or black, bronze, brass finishings and black iron. These are ideal for exposed, honest structures with a clean, simple and minimalist look. Gold is a common proposal in a majority of the exhibitions, from patinas to upholstery. The details with rose colored and yellow tonalities are the favorties for lamps, faucets, handles, knobs and decorative objects for great salons and kitchens.

To summarize, “the I Saloni brings us this edition with a more polished and nostalgic style for interior design, inspired in the art-deco and mid-century style (20s and 60s decade). The furniture plays up to architecture with geometric shapes and pursues the simplification of the objects, organic artists and more natural circles. Simple and elegant lines with a minimalist essence, incorporates upholstery of high quality and ethnic motives in an appeal for artisanry and evident craftmanship,” affirmed Ario Casarin, President of Design Group Latinamerica.

In response with the previous comment, Dario Fernandez complements it by arguing that “the purity of color, the use of wood to juxtapose surfaces, glosses, textures and volumes are indispensable characteristics that break the mold of classical design by giving each piece longevity and durability. The trend this year are curved and intelligent furnishings, with a visible structure, honest, compact, multifunctional, with significant body, massive and visually heavy, not light as is common with the minimalist trend. In the materials with hardwood materials, tapestries and upholstery with honest styles. In the colors, with green, mustard and tan orange tones. In the illumination the interaction and control.