Design impressions and trends spotted at 2013 Milan Furniture Fair/Design Week

Design impressions and trends spotted at 2013 Milan Furniture Fair/Design Week

Design impressions and trends spotted at 2013 Milan Furniture Fair/Design Week
Design impressions and trends spotted at 2013 Milan Furniture Fair/Design WeekNew trends in materials, lighting and craftsmanship were among developments spotted by LUNAR Munich designers at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair.Nearly 325,000 designers attended the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International exhibition of furniture) April 9-14. It was a great opportunity to explore new installations and design as well as mingle with colleagues visiting from around the world.A few things kept surfacing:“Copper seems to be the new aluminum,” Florian Gerlach observed. “There’s copper everywhere you looked. When metal was used, chances are it was copper. It was used as extensively as aluminum is in today’s products.”Roman Gebhard noted the extensive use of LED lighting in products. “LED has clearly matured,” he said. “LED applications for lighting are much more prevalent than we’ve seen in previous years. …

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New trends in materials, lighting and craftsmanship were among developments spotted by LUNAR Munich designers at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair.

Nearly 325,000 designers attended the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International exhibition of furniture) April 9-14. It was a great opportunity to explore new installations and design as well as mingle with colleagues visiting from around the world.

A few things kept surfacing:

“Copper seems to be the new aluminum,” Florian Gerlach observed. “There’s copper everywhere you looked. When metal was used, chances are it was copper. It was used as extensively as aluminum is in today’s products.”

Roman Gebhard noted the extensive use of LED lighting in products. “LED has clearly matured,” he said. “LED applications for lighting are much more prevalent than we’ve seen in previous years. And the designs are really starting to take on and celebrate that new technology.” Roman pointed to the task lamps designed by Naoto Fukosawa for Artemide (see below) as an example.

“Design” and “craftsmanship” are converging much more than we’ve seen in recent years explains Hanne Trafnik. “The approach of ‘design locally but manufacture around the world’ is evolving to ways of designing and building products that use materials expertise and the ‘craftsmanship’ found in experienced hands or through sophisticated machinery or robotics,” she says. “After a time of growing distance between the designer and the manufacturer, there are more and more opportunities for a reemergence of traditional craftsmanship thanks in part to new digital tools and services based on our ever-more-connected world. Even big players like Tom Dixon showcased works around this topic.”

As what once was a very Italian-centric forum evolves into a global gathering with thousands of attendees from Asia, the U.S. and seemingly every corner of the world, the salone continues to be an exciting source of inspiration and a great way to get a sense for new possibilities in design.

Check out this pdf of more observations by the LUNAR Munich team from the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair/Design Week.

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