International design shows are always a great source of fresh, modern and creative inspiration when it comes to all things design! From colour palettes to textiles and furniture design, we love to watch the latest trends emerging from across the globe.
As we enter the second half of 2018, we wanted to recap some of the most prominent design shows from 2018 so far to see what interior design trends we can expect for the year ahead - along with some inspiration from our own range to help you achieve these looks at home.
Keep reading for some of our top trends to watch from Milan, Stockholm and New York!
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New York Collective Design Fair
The New York Collective Design Fair is an annual design event taking place in March, known for its experimental and avant-garde design inspiration. Here’s what we saw at this unique design fair in 2018:
Metallic light fixtures
Image 1: Rosie Li / Image 2: Atelier De Troupe
It was all about gold, bronze and glossy chrome accents when it came to statement light fixtures. We love the idea of bringing a hint of metallic into your home styling and creating a modern luxe feel through a unique pendant, table lamp or floor lamp.
Image 1: Colony / Image 2: Designing Women 2 at Egg Collective, photo by Hannah Whitaker
We saw plenty of neutral, earthy tones throughout the New York Collective Design Fair, with shades of beige, ochre, amber and tan complemented with deep teals and pale pinks. Expect more of these soft earthy shades in 2019 interior styling!
Terrazzo and stone
Images by Mexican Pavilion at Wanted Design
One of our favourite elements from this design fair was the terrazzo and stone details when it came to statement furniture and decor pieces. We love playing with different finishes, and terrazzo is the perfect way to add a high-end feel into your home styling. Consider introducing a statement coffee table, accessories or even bench top to recreate this look.
Milan Design Show
Milan Design Week is an annual celebration taking place every April, and has become one of the most anticipated events when it comes to design trends and creative inspiration worldwide.
Here are some of our favourite picks from MDW 2018:
Image 1: Roberto Sironi, Photo by Amir Farzad / Image 2: Cristina Celestino, Photo by Mattia Balsamini / Image 3: Moooi, Photo by Andrew Meredith
Luxe patterned wallpaper in floral prints and unique patterns were one of the key elements on display during Milan Design Week. If you’re looking to add a statement feature to your home, take inspiration from the contemporary, intricate designs seen at MDW 2018.
Images: Richard Yasmine, Photo by BizzareBeirut
We also saw plenty of soft blush shades when it came to upholstery, installations and unique decor pieces. We love blush as an accent colour for interior styling - keep it subtle with a statement armchair, textiles and artwork to recreate this look at home.
Image 1: Luca Nichetto / Image 2: Azzurra, Photo by Giorgio Possenti / Image 3: Tagmi Design Studio, Photo by Laura Baiardini
It was all about clean lines, exposed bulbs and geometric shapes for lighting fixtures in Milan, with simplistic and minimal design being a strong feature. We’re huge fans of this refined and contemporary look for industrial-style homes - complete your living room with a statement floor lamp, or go geometric with a unique pendant for your bedroom or kitchen.
Stockholm Design Week
Stockholm Design Week is one of the most important weeks when it comes to Scandinavian design. If you’re a Scandi-design lover like us, you’ll appreciate the minimal, natural vibes on offer from this annual celebration. Here are some of our favourite trends to watch from Stockholm Design Week 2018:
Image 1: Design House Stockholm / Image 2+3: Ariake
We saw plenty of textural furniture pieces featuring natural materials like cane and rattan, perfectly suited for Scandi-styling. Interesting textures and materials help to add depth and detail into home interiors - a textural furniture piece like a sideboard or entertainment unit can become a great focal point for your space.
Image 1: Muuto / Image 2: Morten & Jonas
Pastels also made a key appearance in Stockholm with shades of pale pinks, apricot, dove greys and soft blues. We love this subtle, understated approach when it comes to adding a hint of colour into your Scandinavian home. Consider bringing some pastels in through your homewares, wall art and accessories.
Images: Lambert & Fils
And finally, what would a Scandinavian design show be without some lush green? Oversized greenery played a big role in the Stockholm design show, and we are definitely on board with this timeless botanical trend to add freshness and life into your interiors! Go big with your greenery to complete your home styling - an oversized plant can make any space feel more inviting.
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