• Rosie Rosenthal

Trends. Style. Elegance. - iSalone del Mobile Milano Market 2017

Mr. Calligaris & Rosie Rosenthal

Rosenthal Interiors owner Rosie Rosenthal attended the Milano Contemporary Furniture Fair this month, and happened across a number of new trends, but also encountered a handful of returning styles that are circling back to repeat themselves, as history always does. A must read, and informative narrative from Rosie Rosenthal follows below...

Trends are fading towards dusty shades of greens and blues; what once may have been called pastels, have been frosted with a gentle shade of grey. To date, these new colors have not been given American names... but soon to come, and to be widely used terms in the fashion and home furnishing world. Stay tuned!

Color palates have been used together and in various shades. The blue shades crawl all the way from the dusty sky blue to a deep and powerful turquoise shade. While the greens reinvent olive and sages and lime driving us all the way back to the Emerald City.

Gamma Italy - Sectional

The strength of Italian dining and occasional tables have hit hard, so to speak, with the increasing natural palettes of family-friendly ceramic-glass tops. There are more expansion options and base options, to distinguish between households opting for formal dining, dinette and everyday kitchen use -- with choices ranging from a high gloss finish, to a matte texture.

Wait long enough and the familiar returns. Get ready because velvet's and velour are back with a vengeance. A French elegance with a contemporary flair seemed to surround combos of velvet/leather on sofas, chairs and sectionals. The all over velvet/velour sofa was to be found in every corner of the Milan show rooms. And although many were found in new color palates, there was nary a Crayola 64-box color shade missing.

Turn the clock back once more, our reintroduced mid-century modern friend of tufting has hooked up with her old friend of quilting. Not only did just about every other Italian on the street wear a quilted lightweight vest or jacket, but the market was filled with quilted leather beds, quilted dining chairs backs, and combos of quilting with two-tone leather/fabric furnishings.

Tufting @ Contemporary Milano Fair

Great news to those of you that love our hydraulic expansion cocktail tables. Tables that start small and open into a double or triple company-sized serving setting now offer much more than just glass on glass tops. Marble, Ceramic, metal and acid etched glass are now here to complete your personalized design. Who said that "durable cocktail tables have to be wood"? Metal bases are available in more color options than ever before. Making it even easier to customize your home dining experience -- tailored to your every need.

Hats off to the Italians for introducing more high-style low-profiled motion pieces. The Italians have Houdini-ized the old Michelin Man tire-sized reclining furniture into an edgy sleek profile. And when it comes down to the real truth, size matters. Not only has attention been given to the size and look, but also the comfort and shorter seat depth that the "less than long-legged" covet to find in the United States.

Italian high gloss? Forget about it! Wall units, buffets, beds, dining tables have morphed back to our old beginnings of contemporary Techline with all matte finishes. Good news is that there are many options of color and even some with texture. For those of you that still prefer the high gloss, it is still around, but has taken a backseat to the hot look of flat matte.

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