TERRACOTTA WARMTH – MILAN TRENDS ’17

As beige moved to greige years ago, a warmer shift was rising at this years 56th annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Now it’s warmer, earthier and stronger – made from the earth – tones with a strength and solidity that’s reassuring as it is natural. Warmer stone finishes with veins of rust and bronze. Darker Black Portoro marbles, and Afghan Black and Gold marble, with their terracotta pools and white splashes made stronger appearances and pushed past the Emperador tones also prevalent.

Even metal finishes clustered in to bronze, titanium and burnished finishes. Many brands put forward gold powder-coat finishes on chair legs but these failed to hit the mark and felt mass-produced compared to the lustre of bronze and the irregular surfaces of hand finished pieces. To die for was the new City dining table in bronze with Arlequin wall panelling, both by Ferrucio Laviani for Emmemobili.

Traditionally pure glass manufacturing houses like Fiam Italia released bronze lacquered glass pieces and amber glass as new warmer tones. The Teca cabinet by E-GGS for Calligaris followed suit. But Fiam added new slump moulding techniques so pieces like Patrick Jouin’s Magma table had incredibly smooth molten top finishes but detailed, lunar landscapes within the glass.

German cabinetry maverick Hulsta, never one to not be first on the scene with new technologies, released a new timber finishing system allowing an almost rubberised texture to be finished over their timber to both protect the wood and add a luxurious sensual addition in its new collections. Add to this a metalised rear panelling and rear-facing super slim-line LED lighting hidden in a unique frame, and they have again struck a chord with their new Tetrim range. Storage, display and personalisation has never been cosier!

This style of made-by-man goodness was also seen in the emergence of Ecomalta on dining table tops. Following two years of ceramic domination over marble tops, Ecomalta is an opaque texture Fiam applies strictly by hand to give a hard-wearing, heat proof, breathable and scratch resistant surface.