At the Milan Furniture Fair, collaborations between fashion and design companies are on the rise, and there is a move towards modular structures, super sofas and bright colours.

Finely-crafted collectibles were shown at the 56th edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan and the recent International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, as well as more cutting-edge items at the regional show, Design Days Dubai.

Fashion heavyweights had a prominent presence at the furniture design shows this year including high-profile names, Loewe and Armani Casa. Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades exhibition at Salone del Mobile showcased travel pieces by renowned designers from around the world.

The same kind of collaboration was evident in Vick Vanlian’s multi-decked console with table legs dressed in sequinned heels from fashion designer Zuhair Murad’s latest collection, shown at Design Days Dubai.

Modular furniture has become increasingly popular as the demand for sustainable furniture increases. In 2017, British designer Tom Dixon is collaborating with Ikea for the first time to create the Delaktig modular sofa and bed.

Dixon is also continuing his chandelier collections which contain similar small pieces grouped in clusters to fit many types of interior spaces.

Another noticeable trend at the international fairs is the super sofa, in terms of their “super” size and flexible function. The sofa plays an important role in defining the space. Fendi Casa’s exclusive Six Shades of Palmer sofa designed by Toan Nguyen achieves this purpose with its modular structure for comfort and character.

Antonio Citterio does the same with his Richard sofa. Composed of 76 elements, the design is available in 93cm and 123cm depths.

This year, the world of home design also witnessed a return to vibrant colour palettes. Spanish company Capdell celebrates its 50th anniversary at with a daring mix of colours. The Mirò chairs from the Claesson Koivisto Rune Chairs Collection and the Insula Modular Seating Systems designed by Patrick Norguet are available in a range of hues.

Bright shades also dominate Italian company Adrenalina’s collection of armchairs with symmetrical structures.

From South China Morning Post