The appointment with the Salone del Mobile and the Milan Design Week 2023 is back, which will let you discover the new products that manufacturing companies and designers have thought of for the future, so it is interesting to retrace some trends today to get an idea of what which can be expected.
The current trend is no longer that of pure minimalism, which developed from the 90s onwards, but rather that of soft minimal, characterized by very clean and warm lines. It is for this reason that Scandinavian design has been very successful in recent years, thanks to the frequent use of shades of gray that attenuate the harshness of black and the use of wooden floors, which are more welcoming than concrete.
In addition to the search for warmth and softness, there is also a new trend of choosing transformable furniture not only for space problems, but also for the creation of new environments and looking for furniture with high backs that can envelop people like a embrace, made with soundproofing materials.
In recent years, there has been greater attention to eco-design, recycling and the search for new materials. There has been a growing propensity to create products made with materials obtained from the recovery of rice processing waste or coffee capsules, or again, materials obtained from mold processing and treated to become decorative products. From now on, anyone involved in Home Decor will first have to carry out scrupulous research on materials and only then concentrate on shapes.
In particular, for example, as regards sofas and sideboards, which are always of great importance in any living context as they allow you to personalize the living area, where you receive, stay, spend time relaxing and convivializing, proposals can be summarized in two strands: the extreme simplicity of the lines, the result of increasingly advanced technical research that manages to combine functionality and comfort in the case of seats, and the mix of styles between outdoor and indoor furniture, which has canceled the once insurmountable separation between inside and outside, between living space and garden.
The result is open environments, in a harmonious continuity of projects, textures, colors and materials that broaden the perception of space and place man ever more at the center of one’s life.
In general, many of this year’s trends will therefore be in continuity with those of recent years, but there is a more consistent use of natural stones that create a sense of greater attention to the environment and nature. This also gives the feeling of living a healthier life by avoiding artificial materials such as plastic or acrylic.
For 2023 there is also a nice change in the choice of colors, with a strong presence of soft and pastel shades, combined with matt and refined finishes, sometimes barely visible to the eye, to create a luxury effect in homes. Those who want to be daring can choose from a wide range of lively and intense colours, ranging from orange to turmeric, from violet to fuchsia, from sage green to teal, from electric blue to turquoise.
In the choice of fabrics, cotton and wool predominate, with a return to velvet, both plain and in sober damask motifs. Wood will be the protagonist of every room in the house. There will also be rigid and squared lines, which recall the essential, but also more sinuous and enveloping shapes, which will especially characterize elements such as sofas, chairs and wardrobes, in fact, the round and irregular shapes seem to better reflect the natural world and the many facets of the personality of those who live in the house.
Finally, the modularity of the furnishings will be fundamental for tailor-made solutions and transformable environments, in which functionality is combined with design.