Like every April, the design world flocked to Milan for Salone del Mobile 2018, the annual Furniture Fair. The Oscars of the design world, David Shaw Limited National Sales Director Kim Lempriere gave us an insight into the fair and her first-hand experiences.
Were there any overall trends you saw this year?
Definitely a move to curves and mitred edges. There were no lacquering finishes this year, however, more metal, marbles and the use of leather with composite materials.
What are your predictions for how these trends will affect design here in New Zealand?
New Zealand Designers are very fluid in their approach to design, we have some extremely talented people here who will adapt a trend into our New Zealand Lifestyle. In other words, they will embrace the new trends effortlessly!
David Shaw works with a range of award-winning brands, tell us about their stands this year.
To be fair we could not have been more proud this year. Our brands definitely stood out amongst the best in the world. Roda and De Castelli were a true treat as it felt like they had completed their vision – all the past had come together to offer a sense of home!
Henge is always a step ahead and yet again they did not disappoint. Their new finishes, designs, precision and materials were definitely that next level. We are so proud to be in partnership with them!
Did one brand, in particular, stand out to you, or one piece?
Henge always stands out. The ability to turn a design concept into a piece of art which then is functional and timeless is a true talent to the team lead by Massimo and Paolo.
The Oxymoron table was the piece of the show. Made from Bark which is placed together like a jigsaw pattern, then sealed with a matt durable finish for function and elegant seamless bronze legs complete this table to be enjoyed for years if not decades to come!
What message did you take away that you could apply to your clients in New Zealand?
Don’t be afraid to experiment with finishes and textures rather than colour. Calmness and scale were what was evident this year from all the leading brands. We have such an amazing landscape in New Zealand lets enjoy our homes incorporating this beauty.