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Commercial Interior Design Trends 2023

Fresh Inspiration from Milan

Let us transport you, in a click, to the best new furniture trends from Milan.

Inside Out Trend Report Includes:

  • Augmented reality (AR) QR codes, allowing you to see a product of your choice, in your venue, on your mobile or tablet device.
  • Fabric inspiration and mood boards
  • Our top furniture picks for the leading trends
  • Fresh pictures and inspiration from the show for your upcoming project

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Milan Design Week Trend Report 2023

Latest Trends

Our Inside Out team have trawled the show at Salone Del Mobile 2023, walked the streets of Milan, tried and tested a huge volume of new furniture pieces and sieved through the information to give our clients a trend report which is concise, useful and relevant.

This year’s show was a wave of energy and excitement, Milan Design week and Salone Del Mobile 2023 exceeded expectations far beyond Milan. Whilst Salone Del Mobile is the largest event taking place in Milan Design Week, there are others worth noting including Fuorisalone. Many Milan districts also take part in Milan Design week, including Brera Design District, Isola Design District, 5Vie Design Week and more. Salone Del Mobile did not disappoint with the International design community reaching fever pitch levels of enthusiasm, with over 30 million social media accounts being reached about the event. The buzz was felt globally, with visitors arriving from over 181 countries, who were able to see exhibitors from 37 different countries.

For Inside Out Contracts, attending Milan Design week, ensures that we remain at the forefront of industry trends and product developments. With the latest design insights and knowledge, we can help inspire hospitality brands, commercial interior designers and architects with innovative furniture products. If you are looking for the most innovative furniture designs and ideas, Inside Out filters through the thousands of furniture products available to highlight the most exciting pieces for future hospitality projects.

We hope you find this report useful and always value your feedback. If you have any favourite finds, which you would be interested in seeing in AR right now, please let us know.

Bold Curves

Curves help to promote calm and comfort both physically but also psychologically. Rounded edges, curvaceous cushioning and soft finishes, is a trend which emerged with strength after the pandemic and continues to grow. Bold curved sofas and soft curved armchairs are great ideas for creative interiors.

We have seen this trend used in high end restaurants and bars, where comfort is key to the experience. For example, with Sparrow Italia we see curved edges to the banquette seating and deep curved dining chairs on the ground floor which creates a totally relaxing and calm environment, with curved contract furniture.

Kingsley Armchair as seen in Salone del Mobile

70’s Retro

What is the 1970's furniture style? Think strong shapes, straight lines, big curves, bold geometric fabric patterns, colours in brown, purple, orange, and yellow with moulded plastic furniture or lots of dark teak wood.

The desire for ’70s decor goes beyond visual appeal. The design of the 70s captures a mood and an essence of free spirit and carefree attitude, which was both hedonistic and decadent. Its no wonder that economic worries or pressures, would draw people to want to escape into a more care free world.

One project which really captures the 70s decor vibe is Curzon Canterbury. Brown and yellow furniture with bold patterns in rug design, captures the look perfectly.

Sustainable Futures

Making furniture in a sustainable way is becoming increasingly vital. With this focus we are seeing ever increasingly improved ways of using recycled materials and production techniques. The products included in this section are either FSC or PEFC approved wood, steel, aluminium or recycled materials.

The recycled products are especially making their mark in commercial outdoor furniture, which is increasingly being used indoors as well. For example venues such as Curzon Camden are selecting a style of chair which can easily be found using recycled materials.

Bright Ideas

Playful bold and bright colours is a trend inspired by Gen Z. They inspire a bright and vibrant colour pallet often associated with computer games and cartoons. Venues who want to attract a younger audience maybe drawn to these bold and playful colours.

A great example of this is the super cool Glasshouse at NYX hotel in London. Loud bold art, with bright fabrics make this venue look playful and fun. UAL also selected a range of colours for their cafe, which made the seating look like a collection of delicious confectionary.

Outside Inside

Embrace the natural world and the concept of being free outdoors, by bringing it inside to enjoy all the time. Perhaps because of the awareness of eco friendliness coupled with a desire for a calming, and tranquil atmosphere, you will see a focus on green, brown and cream shades. This can work really well for hotels with spa areas, or any hospitality area wanting to create a natural environment, without using wood. Increasingly, we are seeing outdoor furniture being used indoors, to create and blend perfectly in tranquil settings.

A great example of how rope furniture has been embraced by hospitality is Horwood House bespoke spa, where relaxation and tranquility is the very purpose of the space. Earthy greens are contrast with creams and browns to create this haven.

Quilting & Fluting

Modern quilting in furniture is a minimalist style that uses negative space rather than intricate detail. It creates a look of plush padding and comfort. Whereas fluting offers surface tactility which can be explored through upholstery, table bases and surface design.

Caramel & Cream

Caramel and cream creates a calm and cosy atmosphere, which comforts. Delicious and luxurious, these simple colours make a strong statement in style, whilst creating a harmonious and tranquil setting.

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