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Colour, Shape and Style: Milan Design Week 2018

03 May 2018 |  Design Events

The most prestigious furniture design event on the calendar, Milan Design Week is recognised as the pinnacle for many within the industry. The latest instalment of Salone del Mobile, held April 17 to 22, has again delivered visually stunning displays, as well as showcasing beautiful textures, quality craftsmanship and furniture for modern living.

This year’s fair embraced a more homely, relaxed lifestyle, as opposed to some elaborate design seen in previous years. In terms of fabrics, furniture was designed and upholstered for a tactile experience, with solid weaves and tweed a popular choice. King Living’s range of Club and Tweed fabrics lend themselves wonderfully to this trend, available in a number of classic colours and weaves. Organic shapes and textures were paired with decorative items, many of these a fusion of industrial and handmade elements.

“This year’s fair celebrated multi-functionality and comfort, embracing warm and inviting environments furnished with polished and intricate accessories. The exhibits collectively merged a designer’s eye for detail with welcoming, organic shapes."

Natalie Culina - Head of Sales & Merchandising, King Living

There was a return of colour, with an emphasis on warm, earthy colours, such as orange-reds, olive greens, teals, dusty yellows as well as inky blues. The use of curves and organic forms were trending at the fair as well as an increase in higher back, supportive sofas. Oriental influences were infused throughout design spaces, seen in thin, tapering legs on coffee tables and low-to-ground furniture. Weighted arms and backs resting on seats provided modularity and the ability to easily adjust comfort positions or the ambience of a space. King Living identifies strongly with the ability to adapt your furniture to your lifestyle, for which our extensive range of modular sofas are perfectly suited. Texture play between timber and warm-toned marbles was prevalent, which is something King Living already connects with its products, such as in the Crescent table range.

King Living Designer Tanya Rechberger, says that the exhibit enables King Living to view and interact with all the top furniture suppliers. Among exhibitors, King Living showcased its new lighting range, Solifiore, designed by Charles Wilson at the Local Design event, dedicated to Australian design. The set of three botanical-inspired lamps was a nod to Australian flora.

“It helps to inspire our new designs and keep us on trend with the rest of the world. It was great to see that we are already on track with many of our products, but we also have new ideas for the future."

Tanya Rechberger - Designer, King Living

The Milan Design week showcase is seen as the ultimate hub of design and creativity, inspiring and shaping decisions for creatives.


Design in many ways influences and shapes lifestyles and experiences, and the Milan Design Week exhibition allows people to connect and interact with innovation and style and bring that to their brands, homes and lives.