Milan 2019 – the colours

In yesterday’s post we concluded that Milan Design Week 2019 was mainly about ideas and not so much about new form. Today we will look a little more at colours and maximalism. Expect blue, pink, brown and lots of yellow. Preferably all together.

Over the last years we have seen lots of natural hues. Wood, stone, marble etc. Perhaps with a hint of brass. Last year we saw companies adding lots of colours, preferably with earthy red base. 2020 we will see much more pastels. Still no patterns, so we will be working with different colour sections, or also called colour blocks.

Colours 2020 will absolutely be a colder palette than previous years.

It seems like we will never get rid of pink… Here we see it with minty green, dusty blue and grey. Here Lladro.

Studio Pepe

The exhibition by design studio Dimore.

The colour combination with pink and green has been seen before, but the overall hues are slightly colder than this.

The beige or grey can still be there but as a background. Here Studio Pepe. Pink, almost purple.

Here Dimore Studio. Grey with purple or pink. Cold hues.

Here Vibia.

Here the carpet made of recycled materials by Patricia Urquiola for Gan.

A detail at Studio Pepe.

Cold, minty green is getting bigger.

Here with a hint of yellow.

And now let’s talk about blue.

Here Studio Pepe again. As said, colours are getting colder. Yes, they still work with beige or grey, but absolutely much more cold than previously.

More from Studio Pepe



And we need to talk about the main colour at the design week of 2019 – yellow. Or as some call it electric yellow. As said, the hues are much colder than previous. Here Tacchini.

The cold beige or grey with wood and then electric yellow.

Dimore Studio

Yellow at Studio Pepe.

Yellow at Thonet.

Now lets talk about maximalism. More is more. I said in the post yesterday that if you want to be overlooked – make it minimalistic and beige. This year a lot of brands worked with maximising the colours, shapes and patterns. It’s like the ugly sneakers in the fashion industry. Yes, they might be ugly but they are very much on trend. So is mixing the “wrong” colours and patterns.

Bright, almost neon colours at Artek. How do you combine or match these in a home?

Perhaps with marble tiles like these? Here designed by one of my favourites Cristina Celestino.

More tiles by her.

More examples of maximalism. The pop up store by Gucci was very much about maximising colours and patterns.

And also Dimore Studio who made a new collection of textiles. Resting? Not really but definately interesting.

A table.

And of course talented Luke Edward Hall. The new set design and designer kid from Great Britain. His tableware for Ginori is anything but minimal.

Ending off with two more pictures from the Gucci pop up store.




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