One of the largest segments of this years’ Salone del Mobile in Milan was dedicated to the best and brightest trends in lighting design. Our tour de Salone began right at this place, so we’ll use this opportunity to show you some of the most interesting trends in lighting design we noticed on our last week’s trip.
Interestingly, it was LED lighting that emerged as one of Salon’s leading trends. The most striking examples were curved metal lamps, predominantly in the shape of interlaced circles with continual LED strips on one side. Many a manufacturer proudly displayed their lamps with LED strips that maintain their intensity even through the curved parts. Some models featured prefabricated metal elements, on some others they were painted black, while high polish stainless steel also proved to be a popular material
The same theme is also featured in the wooden lamps. Many of them were made out of the combination of wooden and LED strips, intertwined in the most unusual ways.
Interesting paper chandeliers were such a treat, like the unusual origami sculptures on a wall. We honestly can’t wait to play around with them and use them in some of our next designs.
Apparently, the trend of grouping several small pendants in clusters is still going strong. Yet, unlike previous years, this season we can see various pendants of different size and shape all grouped together in one solid batch.
There are also new materials in use when it comes to pendant design. Although glass plays the lead role, there are also other common materials such as plaster, composite mixtures, stone and concrete imitations.
When it comes to glass lamps, the prevailing trend this year is the combination of transparent and milky glass, often in different colors and with interesting transitions.
Another proof that lamp design is becoming more and more imaginative is the appearance of products made of plywood. These lamps are often painted in various colors, while the bending of thin strips results in chandeliers of the most inviting shapes.
As expected, when it comes to commercial interiors, the industrial style is still dominant. A large number of metal wire chandeliers, lamps and pendants noticed at the fair absolutely proves it. Yet, in the addition to black metal and copper, this year took, industrial style took a slight turn and painted itself white.
Another version of the industrial style is reflected in the lampshades of interesting mesh-like materials.
The revival of the midcentury modern style is still apparent. However, nostalgia is somewhat less prevalent than before.
One Japanese company presented its lighting solutions in an unusual way – through walls, wooden surfaces, and works of art.
Ceramic lamps with cloth lampshades present a classic that never goes out of fashion. This year, we saw many alluring examples of such style.
Rounded pendants, as well as those in the form of a tube, are still offered by a large number of companies. However, there are notable variations in terms of material choices, sizes, and forms of stylization.
One of the biggest trends this year are the large wall lamps in oval shapes with diffuse and indirect lighting that creates an interesting shadow play on the walls (such are the lamps on our featured photo).