Milan Design Week 2018: High-Gloss Surfaces
At Milan Design Week 2018 (April 17-22), super-shiny finishes in vivid candy tones and midnight blues and purples made an impression across the show. The flawless surface treatments lent a render-like digital precision to physical spaces, and expressed a mood of positive exuberance.
These products reflect the growing need for playful escapism, which we predicted in our S/S 2018 Colour Direction Vibrant Matter.
- Italian bathroom brand Bisazza worked with Paris-based designer India Mahdavi to develop a playful, energetic suite. Soft, rounded ceramic forms were complemented with glossy finishes in strawberry, pistachio and blueberry. Italian brand Alice Ceramica also showed the Unica range with a high-shine, berry-pink finish.
- The Soul chair by Spanish designer Eugeni Quitllet combines a rounded wooden frame with a high-gloss plastic seat which resembles viscous liquid. For Milanese contemporary art and design gallery Nilufar, Dutch design duo Odd Matter developed Guise, a furniture series carved from foam and coated with high-shine iridescent car paint.
- New York’s Birnam Wood Studio showed its modular shelving system Hex at the 1stdibs exhibition. The metallic candied blue glaze applied to the shelves contrasts with the raw brushed aluminium columns.
- Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola developed tabletops with a fluid blend of colours for Italian brand Glas Italia. These were framed by round metal tubes in a glossy, pearlescent-blue finish. And at Spazio Rossana Orlandi and the Rho Fiera, Italian furniture brand Altreforme put on a vivid display of its signature aluminium furniture and accessories, finished with bright pearlescent coatings.
Take a look at our complete coverage of Milan Design Week 2018 and our Colour Spectrum A/W 19/20 and Materials Focus A/W 19/20 trend reports for further inspiration and guidance on how to apply this optimistic and playful colour and material direction.