April 2017 saw the world’s largest design event unfurl its designer wares in Milan for the 56th annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Our Creative Director, Andrew Thornton Hick, was front and centre to bring to you the latest in trends straight from Milan. The first, “Spheres of Influence”.

Many designers this year questioned the role of design and how it needs to adapt to the current climate. Patricia Urquiola routed back to the circle as the matrix of design and used repetition and the overlapping of forms to emphasise gradients and stability in her work. Forces she believes both harness individuality and unite forms. Her Rotazioni rug collection for CC Tapis are hand-crafted in Nepal with designs using between 125-152,000 hand knotted yarns per square meter in Himalayan wool and pure silk. Her Visioni rugs took out the ELLE Deco Design Award for Best Floor Covering during the fair.

Also using the circle as motif for design creation, Hayon was heavily influenced by Josef Hoffmann’s sphere forms which adorn many of his signature designs. Even Marcel Wanders turned heads with his new Pop mirrors for Fiam Italia – the signature piece being the merging of two circular planes of dotted mirrored surfaces to playfully reference a cool pair of designer shades.