Milan, Italy’s Design Week is the destination for those who want to be first to see the newest contemporary design trends. Architects, designers and retailers all converge with the latest furniture pieces and avant-garde home objects. Soft edges, pastels and lots of Art Deco inspiration dominated the show this year. Here’s a roundup of the coolest (and most out-there) creations from Milan Design Week 2018.

The entrance to Missoni’s showroom for Milan Design Week 2018 featured oversized textiles printed in the fashion house’s signature patterns and colors. Image: Missoni Home

Patricia Urquiola’s Milan Design Week 2018 work

Designer and art director Patricia Urquiola created some of the most memorable pieces of the show. Her color selection and fluid lines were on-trend with the soft tones and Art-Deco-inspired vibe. Her collaboration of leather goods with Louis Vuitton for their Objets Nomades show were especially striking. Photography by Patricia Urquiola.

Urquiola’s leather Swing Chair for Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection.

Contemporary chairs and sofas

Modular pieces and color were popular among the best contemporary sofa and chair designs in Milan Design Week 2018, adding fun and personality back into the formal living room space.

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Tape by Benjamin Hubert for Moroso is a collection of modular pieces that mix and match to the configuration of your choice. Polyurethane tape in a contrasting color, which is used for sportswear, joins the seams of the collection. Image: Moroso 

Gerrit Rietveld’s Beugel Chair was produced in 1930 but got a refresh with modern materials. The design of chair remains unchanged; it looks as contemporary today as it did nearly 90 years ago. Chair and image: Cassina

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Arper’s Kiik Collection, designed by Iwasaki Studios, is inspired by Japanese minimalism. Image: Arper

This outdoor stool is shaped like a donut, created by Mikiya Kabayashi for Diabla. Image: Diabla


Wisse Trooster’s Cardboard and LED lights for Cartoni are lightweight and earth-friendly. Image: Cartoni

Oversized orbs of pleated fabric create these dramatic hanging pendant lamps. Product and image: PaulinePlusLuis

Designer Federica Biasi was inspired by antique Art Deco lamps when creating this updated Deco pendant. Image: Federica Biasi

Everyday objects

Sonos has finally broken from its signature black and white wireless speaker design. In collaboration with the Danish design brand HAY, the speakers come in yellow, red and emerald green. Image: Sonos

Simone Crestani reimagined the ordinary carafe and made it rock-and-roll sexy. Image: Simone Crestani

Avant-garde objects

Some objects and furniture pieces were odd, yet beautifully fascinating. The following had visitors doing double takes as they passed.

Erez Nevi Pana designed a line of “vegetarian” furniture like this Salts Stool with earthy elements like salt and soil. Check out the fascinating process of how he made this stool here. Image: Erez Nevi Pana

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“Puddle” is a blown glass orb that appears to be melting off the table. Object and image: Elinor Portnoy

This whimsical lamp would be perfect in a baby’s nursery. Chandelier and image: Marcantonio Raymond Malerba


The Justine Cabinet in presented in an unusual kidney shape. Cabinet design and image: Matteo Cibic

Textile and texture

Cristina Celestine found inspiration in Renaissance-era garden grottos for these new tiles. Image: Fornace Brioni

Spanish fashion house Loewe’s new line of home textile went global with Japanese silk, African weaves and Indian textiles. Image: Loewe

Bottega Veneta’s new table line features patterned Travertine tops. No two are alike. Image: Bottega Veneta

What’s your favorite contemporary item from this year’s Milan Design Week? We’d love to hear in the comments.


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