GREENSCAPES – MILAN TRENDS ’17

Folios of foliage covered many stands this years 56th annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Beyond the annual adornments of monstera and fiddle-leaf fig plants, this year strelitzia’s were bountiful in both vase and print forms giving a tropical edge. All shades of green were on the canvas from the muted celadons and sages of recent years to deep, lush Brunswick and Jungle greens.

Emerald and malachite greens were revived in wall coverings and printed velvets like the Agate Velour from Nobilis whilst the Spring/Summer catwalk florals from Libertine and Ports 1961 no doubt inspired the fresh spring zest seen in many feature fabrics.

Leaf prints, blossoms indoor and out, and printed floral velvets like the new Herbaria from Romo Black threw a healthy relief over the greige tones which still exude safeness and calm. Perhaps the botanical bonanza was this year’s answer to the Rio-inspired carnival of colour last year.

“The Wild Jungle” was the theme for the Rolf Benz stand where dark forest green walls offset the new upholstery designs in vibrant burnt oranges and terracottas. Flying above the new Alma sofa collection by Beck Design was a flock of Vertigo lights by Constance Guisset. A real icon of this years show, the Vertigo was the stylists pendant of choice for many leading design houses. Cole&Son also set the jungle scene by pairing with Ardmore Ceramics founder Fee Halsted to create some momentous green walls with their Singita jungle wallpapers.